Meet the Cabinet
Daniel Bennett, Ph.D.
Daniel Bennett is Montreat College’s vice president for student services and dean of students, a position he has held since 2014. From 2006 to 2014, Dr. Bennett guided many student life teams and co-curricular programming initiatives at Montreat College, including student activities, residence life, chapel and convocation, student services, student conduct, and student government. Prior to arriving at Montreat, he served for three years in career services at Wheaton College, where he focused on developing synergetic partnerships along with transition programming for seniors and young alumni. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at Biola University, master’s degrees in educational ministries and theology from Wheaton College, and his Ph.D. in educational leadership from Clemson University.
Jack Heinen, M.B.A.
Jack Heinen is Montreat College’s vice president for finance and administration, a position he has held since October 2014. He has over 30 years of experience in financial management and strategic planning, having held high-ranking positions at both for-profit and non-profit institutions. Prior to coming to Montreat, Heinen served for seven years as chief financial officer for Grand Valley Health Corporation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has also been the chief financial officer for Michigan-based Advance Radiology Services, a financial manager for the Christian Reformed Church in North America, and was a high-ranking financial executive at the Pillsbury Company. Heinen earned his bachelor’s in business administration from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and his master’s of business administration from Harvard Business School.
Kristin Janes, M.O.L.
Kristin Janes is Montreat College’s vice president for enrollment management, a position she has held since March 2015. Janes had spent the previous 13 years at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she was the director of recruitment operations. Prior to becoming Northwestern’s director of recruitment operations in 2010, Janes had spent a decade in the college’s admission office, starting as an admissions counselor and being promoted to assistant director of admissions for recruitment before being promoted again to director of recruitment operations. She earned her bachelor’s degree from North Park University in Chicago and a master’s in organization leadership from the University of Northwestern in St. Paul.
Joe B. Kirkland, M.A.
Joe B. Kirkland is counselor to the president at Montreat College, a position he has held since 2015. Before assuming he current position, he served as senior vice president, interim president, and vice president for advancement. Prior to coming to Montreat College, Kirkland served as associate vice president for stewardship for Lancaster Bible College (LBC). Prior to joining LBC in 2000, he had a 25-year career with three major department store chains, including managerial and executive positions at McRae’s, The May Corporation, and The Bon-Ton. Kirkland earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi, his master’s in biblical studies at LBC, and an honorary doctorate from LBC.
Greg Kerr, Ph.D.
Dr. Greg Kerr is Montreat College’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, a position he has held since July 2015. Dr. Kerr had spent the previous five years at Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas, where he was the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. Prior to his time at Sterling College, he taught in the natural sciences department at Bluefield College from 1992 to 2010, serving as chair of the science and mathematics division from 1999 to 2010 and as interim vice president for academic affairs from 2008-2009. Dr. Kerr earned his bachelor’s degree in plant science from Cornell University, his master’s in horticulture from Colorado State University, and his Ph.D in plant physiology from the University of Minnesota.
Rob Saum, D.Min.
Dr. Rob Saum is Montreat College’s vice president of the school of adult and graduate studies, a position he has held since September 2018. Dr. Saum spent the previous sixteen years at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he began as an instructional technology specialist, was promoted to director of the virtual college, appointed as dean of the college of online studies, and then recruited as executive director to lead IT and instructional resources for six years. Saum also taught as an adjunct professor from 1997–2009 at Stetson University, Daytona State College, and South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University, his master’s in biblical studies and his doctor of ministry from South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary, and his master’s in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.