Lt-Colonel (Dr.) Susan van Duinen has been appointed as the next interim president and vice-chancellor of The Salvation Army’s Booth University College in Winnipeg, effective June 14, 2021. She succeeds Dr. Donald Burke, who has served as interim president since June 10, 2020 and will conclude his service on May 31, 2021.
Lt-Colonel van Duinen was dean of the School for Continuing Studies at Booth University College from 2014-2017. As dean, she successfully used project and change management principles to bring about the formation of a solid structure for the school, helping fulfil its mission of providing “Education for a Better World.” In addition, Lt-Colonel van Duinen has taught cadets at the College for Officer Training in Winnipeg and certificate courses at Booth. She launched her own practice as a certified executive leadership and life coach in 2017.
Lt-Colonel van Duinen has a Doctor of Ministry in counselling and psychotherapy from Providence University College and Seminary in Winnipeg and a Master of Divinity from Tyndale University in Toronto.
Prior to her retirement from officership, Lt-Colonel van Duinen served as divisional commander in The Salvation Army’s former Manitoba and North West Division, the British Columbia Division and the former Ontario Central-East Division. Susan and her husband, Dirk, were commissioned in 1978 and enjoyed various appointments over their 36 years in ministry, including church, youth, administrative and overseas ministry, before Dirk’s passing in 2013.
“There’s a thrill that comes with starting a new chapter at Booth,” comments Lt-Colonel van Duinen. “Over the years, Booth University College has cultivated a reputation for excellence, and where it was yesterday and where it finds itself today matter for tomorrow. I believe the road ahead is going to be a catch-your-breath experience. At Booth UC, we will continue to focus on ‘Education for a Better World’ and in so doing ‘encircle’ the world and ‘equip’ those serving on the front lines.”
“It’s with confidence and a grateful heart that we welcome Lt-Colonel Susan van Duinen to her new role as interim president,” says Commissioner Floyd Tidd, territorial commander. “Her years of service as an officer, her experience in education and her passion for Christian ministry have all contributed to make her an exceptional leader. We look forward to a bright future at Booth.
“We also wish Dr. Donald Burke the best and thank him for his many years of service,” Commissioner Tidd continues. “He has guided Booth University College through formative years as it transitioned to a university college and grew its programming substantially.” Dr. Burke also served as president and vice-chancellor of Booth UC from 2006-2016 and vice-president and academic dean from 2000-2006. He has taught as a professor of biblical studies since 1982 and will continue in that role with Booth UC.