King's welcomes new board chair Robert Huizinga
The King’s University is pleased to introduce its new board chair, Dr. Robert Huizinga. Huizinga is the Executive Vice President of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc., based in Victoria BC, and is responsible for their global drug development programs and participates in corporate development and financing strategies.
“I’ve worked with some very good board chairs,” says King’s President Dr. Melanie Humphreys, “and I’m looking forward to working with Dr. Huizinga in this role and moving King’s forward to an exciting future.”
Huizinga has a PhD in Organizational Leadership from Regent University and continues to hold his Registered Nursing registration in British Columbia. He has a certification in Nephrology, an MSc in Medical Science-Public Health Sciences from the University of Alberta, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau (Honor Society of Nursing). Huizinga is also a partner with EQUIP Leadership, teaching Christian leadership principles globally.
“Each board chair brings their own particular style, history, and passion for Christian higher education,” Humphreys adds. “I was introduced to Robert by former board chair Bill Diepeveen, and from our very first conversation I could sense his passion for Christian university education, leadership development, and being a witness in the world.”
Growing up in Edmonton, Huizinga attended Edmonton Christian School from Grades 1 to 12. He is passionate about excellence in Christian education and how The King’s University can reach the world in tangible, practical ways. Having grown up within the Christian school system and taken graduate education at both public and Christian institutions, Robert believes that King’s is wonderfully positioned to provide understanding of Jesus’ message through its educational programs.
He and his wife Joan have been married for 36 years. They have five children, seven grandchildren and presently attend Friendship Community in Victoria, BC where they are actively involved.
Robert has made a habit of being involved in the community and over the past 30 years he has served, and continues to serve, on a number of church, non-profit, and public pharmaceutical company boards. He has expertise in Christian leadership models and church governance, and the impact of those on how an organization can fulfill its calling.