The University of the Nations follows the organization of many universities, in which the President is responsible for giving overall direction, leading the institution into the future and relating to governments, alumni, the Board of Regents, and friends.

The Provost then has more of a CEO role, making sure the University is functioning in a coordinated fashion and is meeting its commitments to students, faculty, and staff. Contact the Provost Office using [email protected].

See the article on the role of the Provost in a developing university:

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The Provost provides executive leadership of the Academic Affairs of the University of the Nations, which includes numerous areas: oversight of the Deans and Centre Directors, internal communication, academic policy, course registration and approval, staff training and development, research policies and targets, the International Records system including degree students and diplomas, and educational planning. The Provost is the Academic Vice President and therefore part of Team4, the executive leadership body made up of the President and three Vice Presidents of the University of the Nations. They are accountable to the Board of Regents. (Since the University of the Nations is decentralized into 600 mini-campuses in 160 nations, admissions, course administration and most finances are handled at the level of the local campus.)

Because of the vast scope of this job, the Provost must select qualified people to give leadership to specific areas. Thus, the Provost Team includes several Assistant Provosts who have responsibility for areas such as the Records System, internal communication, research, course registration and approval, and academic policies.

Brad Tout

Brad Tout joined YWAM in 1991 and began leading courses soon after.  He served as a committee member from 1997 and Associate Dean from 2001 in the UofN College of Counselling & Health Care until joining the provost office in 2016 as an assistant provost.  Brad has led and taught in many UofN courses. He served as academic affairs coordinator in Perth for 18 years where he was involved in academic administration, staff development, curriculum writing, accreditation, etc.  He was also part of YWAM Australia’s national training board fulfilling similar roles.  Brad currently serves the Provost Office in areas of academic administration  and advice, facilitating the provost office academic affairs team and leading a team working to support and develop school staff and leader training throughout the UofN. Brad has been a provost since 2022.

Mark Brokenshire

Mark is a New Zealander who was born in London, England. He has been in YWAM since 1980 when he undertook his Discipleship training school in New Zealand. He moved to Australia in 1982 where he has been based ever since. After leading mobile outreach teams for several years Mark pioneered the YWAM base in South Australia with his new wife Helen and a wonderful team. Their four children were born in South Australia where they led the base until 1999 when they shifted to the national office in Melbourne. Mark has worked internationally in education with Youth with a Mission for over thirty years. He completed a bachelor’s degree in adult education at the University of South Australia and a master’s degree in community development with an emphasis on education at Newcastle University. He also completed an associate degree in Christian ministry with the University of the Nations (UofN). From 1997 to 2019 Mark lead the team that facilitated UofN training in Australia. Since 2005 he has held the position of International Dean of education for the University of the Nations. In this role he is involved in developing and overseeing teacher training programs, curriculum development as well as many other initiatives around the world. From 2009 to 2020 Mark worked as a consultant to develop the Global Accreditation Association (GAA). GAA works globally to benchmark Christian Education and assist Christian schools and national and regional Christian school’s groups develop toward this benchmark. Mark’s main reason to be involved in education is to see community transformation. Mark has been a Provost since 2022.