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Providence Announces Nelson/Kraft to lead Presidential Search

Aug 17, 2020 | Institution / General, News

Otterburne, MB August 17, 2020 – The Presidential Search Committee for Providence University College and Theological Seminary has announced that Nelson/Kraft and Associates has been retained to support the committee’s search for Providence’s next president.

Two senior partners at Nelson/Kraft, Larry Nelson and Mark Kraft, will co-lead the presidential search. They come to us with a great deal of experience in executive search processes for non-profit and charitable organizations. Larry, during his more than 10 years of experience as an executive search consultant, has placed over 70 senior executives nationally and worked with over 45 North American charities. Furthermore, they understand the ethos and context of Providence as Mark and his wife have both attended classes in the Seminary.

“This is a step forward in our search for a new president,” says Libby Hanna, Board Member and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, “We are excited about our partnership with Nelson/Kraft. The firm has a notable reputation in conducting executive searches and helping organizations in ministry contexts. We feel they will help us find the right person to serve as our 15th president.”

Our current President, David Johnson, after having served Providence for 30 years, announced in March his plans to retire in June 2021. Since that time, our Board formed a Presidential Search Committee that is comprised of five board members and one representative from each of the following areas: Alumni, Staff, Faculty, Student and Cabinet.

The Committee decided early-on that they wanted to engage the services of an executive search firm who would be able to execute a professional process and identify strong presidential candidates. Nelson/Kraft offers institutions a unique and robust approach to executive searches. Their mission is to move organizations toward excellence and to be successful in achieving their purposes. They believe it all starts with finding the right leader.

Providence has established a webpage for our presidential search at https://www.www.prov.ca/why-providence/office-of-the-president/. Nelson/Kraft asks that all applications, including a resume and cover letter, be sent to Mark Kraft at info@nelsonandkraft.com no later than September 12, 2020.

“Nelson/Kraft & Associates is so pleased to be partnering with Providence in the search for a new President. With a solid track record of assisting Christian organizations across Canada, we’re humbled, yet excited to represent Providence in this important journey,” says Mark Kraft. “Alongside the search committee, our firm will be working diligently and praying with a spirit of discernment for God’s leading throughout the entire search process.”

Providence is seeking an energetic, experienced and accomplished leader with a passion and vision for Christ-centered higher education to fill this role. The new president will lead Providence in the fulfillment of its mission, vision and values, positioning Providence to thrive now and in the future.


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