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Pillar College Names New VP of Academic Affairs

Pillar College has appointed Mark G. Harden, Ph.D. as vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college. Harden has earned a reputation as a visionary and compassionate leader in education for the past 16 years. He has received national recognition for developing innovative approaches in theological education to equip men and women for pastoral ministry.

He has served at several seminaries including Bethel Theological Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Ashland Theological Seminary as a professor of church and community ministries and as an executive leader as Dean and President. As a licensed and ordained minister, he has the honor of serving on the Board of the Association of Theological Schools and the American Baptist Historical Society. Other accomplishments in ministry include serving as founder and Executive Director of Streetwise, Inc. and Detroit Love, Inc. in Detroit, Michigan. 

“I am so grateful that God has led Dr. Mark Harden to join our team at Pillar College,” said Dr. David E. Schroder, President of Pillar College. “He is exceptionally well-credentialed, honed by several decades in three well-regarded Christian institutions. Dr. Harden is the academic leader we were seeking. As a mission-mindful leader, he has ample inner-city academic leadership experience and brings to us a heart that is aligned with our Christian mission. As Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Pillar College, Dr. Harden will make a major imprint on the future direction of the College as it continues to expand its reach to other urban areas and its influence throughout the Christian world.”

Dr. Harden is a family and child ecologist in the field of church and community development. He holds degrees from several higher education institutions including Oakland University, Marygrove College, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Michigan State University. He and his wife Sharon have four grown children: Tracey, Chauncy, Erin and Marcus.

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