Anderson University Executive Staff
President John S. Pistole earned his bachelor’s degree from Anderson University in 1978. He went on to earn a juris doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law before going into practice for two years. Pistole began a career with the FBI in 1983 before he rose through the ranks and was appointed deputy director in 2004.
In March 2006, the FBI honored Pistole with the 2005 Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive. President Barack Obama appointed Pistole as head of the Transportation Security Administration in the spring of 2010 and his appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 25. In July, 2010, Janet Napolitano, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, swore in Pistole as director of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Learn more about President Pistole.
Dr. Marie Morris was named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at Anderson University in 2009 and Provost in 2011. She previously served as Vice President and Undergraduate Academic Dean at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Dr. Morris earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Eastern Mennonite University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Nursing Administration from George Mason University.
Robert Coffman was appointed Vice President for Advancement in October 2003. Prior to his appointment to the University’s executive board, Coffman served Anderson University as executive director and counsel for Development, a position he has held since 1986. Prior to this assignment, he served Anderson University as internal counsel and grants officer.
Coffman received a Bachelor of Arts from Anderson University in 1972 and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University Law School in 1979. He serves on the board of directors for the American Council on Gift Annuities and is a member of the National Committee on Planned Giving, Planned Giving Group of Indiana and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Dana S. Stuart, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer
Dana Stuart was appointed Vice President for Finance and Treasurer in March 2012. She previously served the university as controller and treasurer, assistant treasurer and controller, director of receivables and investment accounting, and accounts receivable manager.
Stuart received a Bachelor of Arts from Anderson University in 1983 and the Master of Business Administration from the Falls School of Business in 2000. Stuart has served as a board member of Community Hospital Anderson and as a member of the Indiana Association of College and University Business Officers (IACUBO).
Dr. James W. Lewis was appointed Dean of the School of Theology in July 2014. Lewis began his career in the business world as an auditor and accountant in Houston, Tex. Lewis answered the call to ministry and pursued his M.Div. at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and eventually his Ph.D. at Duke. During his studies at Duke, Lewis served as pastor of the First Church of God in Raleigh, N.C.
At the time of Lewis’ move to Anderson University, he served in a dual teaching role with both the undergraduate Religious Studies Department and the graduate School of Theology. Lewis’ teaching eventually focused solely on the SOT where he would also be named associate dean and most recently as Dean. He is a sought-after preacher, teacher, and has written for a variety of publications.
Dr. Brent Baker was appointed Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students in June 2001. Brent first served as a Resident Director and Assistant Football Coach at Georgetown College, returned to AU as a Resident Director and has since then served as Director of Residence Life and then Dean of Students at Colorado Christian University. Just prior to returning to AU, Dr. Baker served as Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students at Taylor University Fort Wayne.
Dr. Baker earned his baccalaureate degree in Business Management/Sociology from Anderson University, his master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration at Ball State University and his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Administration & Foundations at Indiana State University.