Featured Presenters

Dr. Dan Egeler

Vice President, Grand Canyon University
Former ACSI President

Dan Egeler is often described as a story teller.  He grew up on an isolated island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania as his father was an island evangelist who worked with the tribes on the 40 or more islands that existed within Lake Victoria.  Dan grew up as a Third Culture Kid (TCK) who learned the art of relating oral history from his African elders.  It is that form of communication and passion that he brings to bear when sharing with his audiences today. Dan is the author of Mentoring Millennials: Shaping the Next Generation published by NavPress.

Dan attended Victoria Primary School in Tanzania for his primary years and Rift Valley Academy in Kenya through the 10th grade.  His parents left Africa in 1974, and Dan graduated from a public high school in Ridgewood, NJ.  He went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree from The King’s College (NY), a Master’s Degree from Washington State University (WA), and a Doctorate in Administration and Instructional Leadership from the University of Alabama (AL). Dan served for thirteen years as a teacher, soccer coach, high school principal, and Director of the Alliance Academy in Quito, Ecuador.  He returned to the United States in July 1999 and has worked with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) in Colorado Springs, CO in a variety of roles in the Global division and recently assumed the role of President of ACSI from July 2013-March 2018. He currently serves as a Vice President for Strategic Educational Alliances for Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dan and his wife Kathy have four children named Andrew, Danielle, Matthew, and Bethany and they live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Rick Huizinga

Intercultural Educator, Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

Rick Huizinga currently leads the International Student Life efforts at Emory University, where he serves as the chief advocate, community­builder, and intercultural educator for Emory’s 2700 international students. After graduating from Calvin College, Rick began his international education career living in South Korea, first working as an ESL Instructor and then moving to a Head Teacher position for the University of Minnesota’s prep center in Seoul. Returning to the US after several years in Korea, Rick then served as ESL Director for the International Student Program at Redlands Christian Schools in California. After four years in this role, Rick and his family decided to move to Finland for two years in order to attend graduate school at the University of Jyväskylä and complete research on the interactions between international Chinese students and US home students in private secondary schools in the United States. Now at Emory, Rick is also a certified Cultural Intelligence trainer, has presented on intercultural / global education dozens of times, and remains committed to helping Christian schools build more effective International education programs.