Dr. Horsman's grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan; he actively farmed for 13 years (1969-1982) and ran a farm machinery and parts distributorship before he began pursuing a career in higher education. He currently owns 1000 acres of mixed farmland and considers himself a seed planter, a grower, and a harvester.
In 1982 he moved his family to Spokane, WA to attend Gonzaga University and received a BA in philosophy with a minor in economics (1986); that was followed by a graduate business diploma from the U of Western Ontario, London ON; then a return to Gonzaga for a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (1988). He finally graduated from Gonzaga University with a doctorate in Leadership Studies (2001). His dissertation was on Servant-leadership and Spirit in Organizations. His wife and four children are also all graduates of Gonzaga.
As a college/university instructor, Dr. Horsman has taught at the graduate for Gonzaga's Masters in Organizational Leadership program, the Health Care program at British Columbia Institute of Technology, and the Masters of Administrative Leadership program at Trinity Western University, Langley, BC Canada. He also taught undergraduate business courses for five years at Chemainus Native College on Vancouver Island, business courses for three years at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and four years of leadership courses at Redeemer Pacific College/Trinity Western University.
Dr. Horsman's administrative and leadership experience in higher education includes course development, program development, academic programming, recruitment, student life, organizational development, and strategic planning. Dr. Horsman enjoys topics in leadership and most enjoys working with adult students. He is familiar with the challenges of being a non-traditional student as he completed his entire university education as a non-traditional student.
Dr. Horsman's primary academic purpose is to assist in the calling forth of servant-leaders, and helping promote the principles and philosophy of servant-leadership in organizational and societal development both locally and globally. This is in part realized through teaching, relating and modeling done through both online and face to face courses in the Masters of Organizational Leadership (ORGL) at Gonzaga University. A more recent endeavor is the creation of the Servant-leader Concentration within the ORGL program. The Concentration, based in the writings of Robert K. Greenleaf and Larry Spears and other authors, consists of four courses within the theme of Servant-leadership. As the coordinator of the Concentration Dr. Horsman assisted in the development of 4 of the 5 courses currently offered.