Jasper Lesage, Ph.D.
Dr. Jasper Lesage joined Northwestern College in 2005 as its vice president for academic affairs and was named provost in 2008. As such, he oversees Northwestern’s academic programs—including academic support services like the DeWitt Learning Commons, registrar's office, Peer Learning Center, technology services and online learning—as well as the areas of student development and spiritual formation.
Before coming to Northwestern, Lesage was an economics professor and then dean of social sciences at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. His administrative roles included leading committees and task forces in strategic planning, institutional planning, new programs and initiatives, curriculum, graduate education and student assessment. Lesage has given presentations at conferences of the American Association for Higher Education, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Higher Learning Commission, and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. Recently he was appointed to serve on and chair Iowa Governor Branstad's northwest regional advisory board for STEM initiatives.
Lesage earned doctoral and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Toronto and has conducted research in economic history. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Ontario’s Brock University. He also studied political theory at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto.