Hartland welcomes Dr. Kevin Grams to its College Department.
How did God lead you to work at Hartland?
My parents joined the founding faculty at Hartland Institute back in 1983. They had earlier worked with Colin Standish and many other members of Hartland’s original faculty at Weimar Institute in the early ’80s. My father met Norbert Restrepo at a meeting a little over a year ago and soon returned to Hartland as a volunteer. Through this connection I was invited to visit the campus periodically to serve as an advisor to the president and offer suggestions for institutional improvement. Hartland’s board asked me to be the Academic Dean of the College beginning in January of this year.
What was your previous occupation?
Since 2012 I’ve lived on our family farm in Minnesota, where I continue to run the agriculture operation. Prior to full-time farming, I was a teacher and administrator at several Seventh-day Adventist schools, both conference and self-supporting. I completed my graduate studies at Andrews University.
What do you like most about Hartland?
I like how Hartland seeks to offer a balanced curriculum that blends traditional study with outreach, practical education, agricultural training, and nature study. I also enjoy the wildlife, forests, and close proximity to Shenandoah National Park.
Where do you envision Hartland College in the next few years?
Our ultimate goal is to prepare missionaries to serve wherever the Lord calls them. As such, we are constantly looking for better ways to integrate agricultural training, practical work-education experiences, outreach opportunities, nature study, and active outdoor living into the formal curriculum. We are also developing a master plan that will help us design an environmentally sustainable campus, so that buildings, residences, and trails will be pedestrian friendly and will complement the surrounding natural environment of our scenic campus.
Our immediate goals are to add a preprofessional element to our Health Ministry program, develop an assessment and evaluation cycle to provide continuous improvement for each of our degree programs, and explore some creative strategies to ensure that our curriculum provides plenty of opportunities for students to get outside and exercise. Longer-range goals include attaining regional accreditation for Hartland College and seeking credentialing opportunities for students in our Education Department.