Board of Trustees

DON H. ARGUE, Ed. D.

Don Argue, Ed.D., serves as Ambassador-at-Large at Convoy of Hope in Springfield, Missouri. Argue recently served for six years as Chancellor of Northwest University following his tenure as President of Northwest from July 1998 through August 2007. During Argue's presidential tenure at the Christian university in Kirkland, Washington, the University added more than a dozen undergraduate programs, including The Mark and Huldah Buntain School of Nursing, as well as three graduate programs, the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Master of Business Administration and Masters in Teaching. He has led growth that includes an increase in the number of faculty, the addition of 14 new buildings, including the acquisition of a 35,000 square foot office building that serves as the Center for Graduate and Professional Studies and completion on a 45,000 square foot Health-Sciences Center. The University realized a 51 percent growth in enrollment during his tenure as president.

Before accepting the invitation to Northwest University, Argue served as President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). The NAE is comprised of approximately 42,500 congregations nationwide from 55 member denominations, and individual congregations from an additional 26 denominations, as well as several hundred independent churches.

Argue served as President of North Central University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, for 16 years. Under his leadership, the university received the Christianity Today Decade of Growth Award in recognition of being the fastest growing college of its kind in the nation.

Argue holds the Bachelor's degree from Central Bible College (Evangel University), Springfield, Missouri, the Master's degree from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California, and the Doctorate in Education from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California.

Argue is known as a Christian statesman, visionary leader and able communicator. He has been invited to serve on national boards and committees. President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright invited him to serve on the (non-partisan/non-political) President's Advisory Committee on International Religious Freedom. As a member of the Committee, he chaired the subcommittee dealing with international religious persecution.

President Clinton appointed Argue, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick (Washington, DC) and Rabbi Arthur Schneier (New York City) as the first official (non-partisan/ non-political) religious leaders delegation from the United States to visit The People's Republic of China and, as a result, Argue was involved in 50 personal meetings with China's top leaders. The purpose of their visit was to confront Chinese leaders on the issues of religious freedom and religious persecution. The significance of their mission was highlighted when President Jiang Zemin met with the delegation, a meeting that U.S. Embassy staff indicated was unprecedented and historic. The relationship continues with many of these Chinese government leaders.

Argue pastored churches in Missouri and California. He has served in denominational positions.

He and his wife Pat have three children: Laurie Neary, Lee Argue, Jon Argue and six grandchildren. His hobbies include hiking and reading.