Dr. Sargent assumed the role of Provost at Westmont College during the spring of 2012. A graduate of UC Santa Barbara, he earned his master's degree and doctorate in English at The Claremont Graduate University, specializing in American literature. He taught as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and has written widely on history, literature, film, and higher education. For his research on William Bradford, he was awarded the Whitehill Prize in early American history. After holding administrative roles at Biola University and Spring Arbor College, he became Gordon's Provost in 1996, and has been active in numerous national and international organizations. In 2008 the Council of Independent Colleges gave him the national Chief Academic Officers Award. His wife Arlyne, and two of his children, have been students at Westmont.