New vice presidents help lead AU into second century

Anderson, Ind. — Three new vice presidents have joined the leadership at Anderson University over the past few months. They include vice president for enrollment and marketing, Ryon Kaopuiki, vice president for advancement, Jen Hunt, and vice president for finance, Jim Ragsdale.

Kaopuiki began as vice president for enrollment and marketing at AU in August 2017. He previously worked at Harrison College in Indianapolis where he served as campus president. He is an active member and volunteer at Northview Church in Carmel, a board member for the Nehemiah Vision Ministries in Chambrun, Haiti, is involved in Global Mission Work, and is a husband and father. Kaopuiki graduated from Western Oregon University and brings over 15 years of enrollment management expertise to AU.

“When I came to campus, it was immediately apparent that this is a special community with a unique story,” said Kaopuiki. “One of my favorite parts of the week is Friday at 3:15 p.m. when we gather to pray for families who have been admitted to AU that week. We’re honored to play a part in their experience, but it’s with a lot of humility that we pray God might make their path clear to them, wherever it may lead. It’s just one way that I see AU staff and faculty demonstrating genuine concern for their students.”

Hunt BA ’91 came to AU in October 2016 as the director of development after serving as director of development and communication for the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention in Indianapolis for more than 10 years. She began her new role as vice president for advancement in September 2017. Hunt received her social work degree from AU and her law degree from IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She and her family attend Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis.

“I learned a lot as a student at AU, but that was nothing compared to what I have learned in the role of VP for Advancement,” said Hunt. “I am grateful for the ways that God is working in my life through this opportunity, and I am humbled and honored to serve Him through our work of building relationships and raising funds on behalf of AU. I love AU and am proud of our mission to educate for a life of faith and service to the church and society.”

Ragsdale BA ’83 began his tenure as vice president for finance at AU on March 12. He previously served as senior financial analyst for St. Vincent Health Indiana at Ascension Information Systems. Ragsdale earned his bachelor’s degree from Anderson College, and his MBA from IUPUI. He and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Stephen and David (both AU graduates) and he is active in ministry at South Meridian Church of God, serving as a youth leader and as chair of the Board of Elders.

“I am excited to return to my alma mater as a part of the leadership team,” said Ragsdale. “I’ve enjoyed watching the activities and achievements of our students and alums from a distance, so I’m looking forward to being a partner in that process with them.”

President John S. Pistole said, “I have enjoyed working closely with new vice presidents, Jen Hunt and Ryon Kaopuiki, and I look forward to working with Jim Ragsdale as well. I have also enjoyed thoroughly working with Dan Courtney in his multiple roles, including as interim VP for finance. Dan has agreed to stay on for a period of time, for which we’re all grateful.”

Pistole also commented, “The members of the cabinet work very hard to ensure that Anderson University is making decisions that align with our mission to educate each student for a life of faith and service in the church and society.”

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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