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Lance Howard

CASA Academic Success Coach; Director of Journeys

Biography: Lance Howard is an Academic Success Coach and the Director of Journeys Outfitting Co. and is also a Cornerstone Instructor. Lance graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University (’91) with a BA in Psychology and a religion minor. He has an MA in Ed. including a Colorado Principal Licensure from the University of Phoenix – Colorado Springs and over 29 years of K-12 and Collegiate education experience that ranges from private Christian to public/charter school education including time in the classroom and 19 years in administration. He started at NNU in November of 2018. He is married to Jennifer Howard (MNU ’92). They have three kids that are attending or have attended NNU (Luke: NNU ’24, Maddie: NNU ’22 & McKenna: NNU ’20). Lance enjoys the great outdoors: hiking, camping, 4×4, mountain biking, etc. and good stories in print/audio/on-screen. He also loves spending time with his family and friends hanging out, playing games, watching movies/sports and supporting ministry at his local Nazarene church or in the community. As a CASA Academic Success Coach he helps foster the development of our students by helping them become more self-directed, motivated and responsible decision-makers by helping guide them to a timely degree completion and graduation. He has a caseload of first and second year students that he works with to support, resource and guide to help them thrive and persist to graduation. He also serves as liaison to help students succeed in their academic journey through their plans of study and life goals by monitoring student academic engagement and pursuing supportive interventions as needed (i.e. proactive, innovative strategies to shape students’ responsible engagement in their academic careers). As the Director of Journeys Outfitting Co. Lance helps support, organize and plan both the Journeys Outdoor Club’s lead team and their activities/events/trips, etc. This involves regular communication and follow up with the Journeys lead team that meets weekly (composed of freshman-seniors helping lead the outdoor recreation program) and has multiple events each month of the school year. Lance also helps support the Conrad Commons Journeys office, rental closet and recreational space: i.e. various activities, trips/excursions, bouldering/NNU blue gym climbing wall, and gear rentals, etc. with the Outdoor Club. Journeys Outfitting Co. is a SGA funded outdoor club that offers monthly on-campus, day-trips, or overnight trips/activities for the whole school community (no club dues, etc. and no need to sign-up for the club in order to participate).

Fun Fact: I love the outdoors and am also a fan of 80’s & 90’s Christian alternative music (i.e. Switchfoot, 77’s, The Choir, Daniel Amos, PFR, All Star United, Audio Adrenaline, Jars of Clay, DC Talk, Undercover, The Violet Burning, etc.)

Favorite Thing About Working at NNU: Living and working within a community of faith that enjoys God’s creation while making a positive impact for Christ on our world around us…