Two new vice presidents on board

Two new vice presidents joined Northwestern’s leadership team during the summer. Dr. John Brogan, a member of Northwestern’s religion faculty since 1997, is serving as vice president for student development. Dr. Jasper Lesage, dean of social sciences at Dordt College since 1990, is serving as vice president for academic affairs.

“We are very pleased to attract John and Jasper to these positions,” says President Bruce Murphy. “They bring extensive leadership experience, a love for students and a strong commitment to Northwestern’s mission.”

Brogan, who won the Northwestern Teaching Excellence Award in 2000 and chaired Northwestern’s Student Affairs Committee for two years, says he’s excited to be in his new role.

“Our student development staff are functioning really well and doing a lot of good things,” he says. “I’m eager to explore how we can work more closely with academic affairs to produce students able to think critically and engage the culture in a way that is thoughtful and faithful to Christ.”

Brogan joined Northwestern’s faculty after teaching at Calvin College and Palm Beach Atlantic College. He received a doctoral degree in New Testament and Christian origins from Duke University, an M.Div. from Bethel Theological Seminary, and a master’s in modern Near Eastern and North African studies from the University of Michigan. Brogan completed his undergraduate work at the University of Dayton.

Lesage, an expert in strategic planning and student learning who joined Dordt’s business and economics faculty in 1984, says he is pleased to be part of the NWC community.

 “I really enjoyed my time visiting Northwestern’s campus and was impressed with the kinds of questions they asked, the things they were interested in. It was clear they are committed to preparing students for competent and faithful service as citizens of the kingdom of God.”

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.