Northwest Leadership Transition Announcement

The Board of Governors of Northwest Seminary and College is pleased to unveil its transition plan for the leadership of Northwest. It is with pleasure that we announce that Ms. Ruth McGillivray will serve as our Interim President.

Ruth joined the staff of Northwest in 2017 as the Director of Competency-Based Education. She has a rich and extensive history in developing CBE programs, having formed such programs in the high-tech and Canadian apprenticeship sectors since the early 1990’s. In 2019, Ruth transitioned her role to become Northwest’s Chief Innovation Officer, and in 2020, she became the Chief Operations Officer. Ruth’s adept skills in the areas of team leadership, administrative management, competency-based education, curricular design, and partner relations will ensure that Northwest’s vision and purpose remain clear and strong in a time of transition.

Ms. McGillivray has a long and warm history with our institution. She recalls Northwest and its people being part of her life from her youngest days. Her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Doug and Mary Harris, were highly invested in the ministry of Northwest and of Faith Baptist Church in Vancouver. Doug, was a former professor at Northwest, and led as President for 15 years. Ruth also worked at Northwest in the 1980’s, leaving to gain broader knowledge and experience she hoped to bring back to non-profit work one day. Ruth spent almost three decades serving in the marketplace, but kept up-to-date with happenings at Northwest. When Kent Anderson invited her to re-join the team and help scale its ground-breaking competency-based theological education (CBTE) programs , Ruth jumped at the chance to return.

Dr. Kent Anderson will officially resign from his presidential duties on February 28, remaining on staff till the end of April to finish out his teaching responsibilities. Ms. McGillivray will begin her role as Interim President on March 1. Part of Ruth’s role will involve leading a Transition Team comprised of Academic Dean, Dr. Howard Andersen (also a previous President of Northwest), Brent Foster, Chief Financial Officer, Dennis Wasyliw, Board Chair, and Colin van de Kur, Vice-Board Chair. This committee will give leadership guidance and ensure the continued vigor of Northwest.

The Board of Governors is confident that under Ruth’s leadership Northwest will experience a smooth transition, both as Dr. Anderson steps away and when a new President steps in.

Ruth has her Master of Arts in Learning and Technology from Royal Roads University. She has been the Conference Director since 2018 for the annual international conference on CBTE, held in partnership with the US-based Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN), and leads a CBTE Advocacy Group comprised of leaders from the Association of Theological School, In Trust Resource Center, C-BEN, and four seminaries.

Ruth has been working closely with the leadership of Fellowship Pacific since rejoining Northwest, and attends Village Church South Langley.

Dennis Wasyliw
Chair, Board of Governors
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