Dan ’75 and Martha Faber ’76 Hutchens - 2010 A Award Recipients
Dan ’75 and Martha Faber ’76 Hutchens receive the A Award for their work in education and foreign policy.
For Dan, attending Asbury was a destiny sealed by his family heritage, For Martha, it was a logical choice when her family moved from California to Wilmore as her father, Gerard Faber, became professor of music at the college and Asbury’s organist.
The couple married in March of 1975, and began work with OMS, serving in Costa Rica and Colombia. In 1978, the couple moved to Michigan, where Dan taught bilingual education and obtained a master’s degree from Michigan State University.
After sons Jeff ’01 and Peter ’03 were born, the Hutchens accepted positions as teachers in The People’s Republic of China, which had only recently welcomed Western visitors. They moved to Harbin in northern China. The city was home to 2.5 million people, but only seven American teachers. Though the Hutchens say this was the hardest year of their lives, they would never trade their experiences: “God was extremely faithful, it changed our lives, and the lives of our children.”
The Hutchens’ family including new daughter, Erin ’05, returned to Asbury from 1983 to 1987, where Dan directed and taught in the new ESL minor. He also earned an M.A. from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, and took the examination for entry into the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State.
Dan’s first tour with the State Department was to China as a consular officer, in charge of the anti-fraud unit of the Guangzhou consulate. Martha taught at the American School of Guangzhou. She later worked as an English teacher for Proctor & Gamble’s newly-hired Chinese staff.
Their time with the State Department has kept the Hutchens moving to interesting places at even more interesting times. From 1991 to 1993, Dan and Martha worked in the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, shortly after Nelson Mandela’s release from prison through South Africa’s first multiracial elections, which began the country’s post-apartheid era. Dan worked in the economic section while Martha worked in the Embassy’s personnel section.
The Hutchens moved back to Washington in 1993. Dan spent two years as an economics and trade officer on the Korea desk, and in 1996, he began working on NAFTA issues on the Mexico desk of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, across the street from the Clinton White House.
The family moved to Manila in 1997, just in time to catch one of the worst typhoons in the country’s history. Dan worked in the Embassy’s economic section and Martha began her career as consular officer for the State Department.
Returning to the Washington area in 1999, Dan served as Ecuador desk officer, during a political coups and an oil spill in the Galapagos Islands. Martha worked for the Bureau of Consular Affairs in International Child Abduction, assisting parents whose children had been abducted to Germany, and participating in the US/Germany Bilateral Working Group for the Hague Abduction Convention.
In 2002, Dan became the Director of the U.S.-China Fulbright Program, one of the largest educational exchange programs managed out of a U.S. embassy. Martha became head of the Immigrant Visa Unit of the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, the State Department’s second largest immigrant visa processing post. She subsequently joined Dan in Beijing as both head of the consular section’s Fraud Prevention Unit and China-wide Fraud Prevention Coordinator for the five U.S. consular sections.
Upon returning to Washington in 2006, Dan first worked in the Department of State’s Political Military Bureau, overseeing humanitarian demining programs funded by the U.S. Government in Cambodia and Laos. He then moved to State’s Office of Aviation Negotiations, where he oversees bilateral civil aviation relations with countries in Latin America and Africa. Martha moved into a management position in the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Office of Fraud Prevention Programs – the office which sets and guides U.S. consular fraud prevention efforts worldwide.
The Hutchens are preparing for an onward assignment in Brussels, Belgium, beginning in fall 2011. With a career of global impact, Dan and Martha have remained active Asbury University alumni and parents attending regional events and encouraging current students.