“These are unwavering values for me and hopefully for those students we lead. I believe that there are five main pillars that should be lived throughout our lifetime: integrity, excellence, servant leadership, responsibility, and generosity.”
I see my work in public service for more than 30 years as “ministry in daily life,” where I have been called to be the hands and feet of Christ to all I meet, knowing I may be the only Christ they may meet. There are two prayers which I have found most helpful in my daily walk with Christ. They are the Renovare Covenant prayer which begins, “In utter dependence upon Jesus Christ as my Ever living Savior, Teacher, Lord and Friend, I will seek continual renewal through Spiritual Exercises, Spiritual Gifts and Acts of Service….” The second prayer is “A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition,” attributed to John Wesley, which begins, “I am no longer mine own, but thine, put me to what thou wilt….”
Richard Foster and Dallas Willard have been influential writers in my faith walk, with Foster’s Celebration of Discipline, one of my favorites. I especially like the way he sets the tone for the book with this opening line: “Superficiality is the curse of our age.” I have had a sense of God’s calling in my life for years now, often seeing God’s leading most clearly in hindsight. I see my “job” as a disciple of Jesus Christ to discern His guidance daily, and then be obedient in following that guidance right away.
I pray for other leaders and myself the “DEWS” prayer, which stands for Discernment, Encouragement, Wisdom and Strength, knowing I need each aspect to lead properly. I identify with the words of the contemporary Christian song, “In Christ Alone,” which says, “Until He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I stand.”
|Patricia Seasor Bailey, J.D. (Chair)||Carmel, IN|
|Dennis D. Carroll, J.D. (Vice Chair)||Fortville, IN|
|Dr. Erin N. Coffman||South Bend, IN|
|Dr. James R. Cook||Carmel, IN|
|Dr. David E. Cox||Brookville, OH|
|Mr. D. Kyle DeFur||Pendleton, IN|
|Dr. Kevin W. Earley||Romulus, MI|
|Rev. Deidre D. Franklin||Edmond, OK|
|Mr. James W. Giesler||Madiera Beach, FL|
|Dr. Jayne A. Grandison||Muncie, IN|
|Dr. Martin D. Grubbs||Edmond, OK|
|Donna A. Harman, J.D.||Reston, VA|
|Michele L. Jackson, J.D.||Fishers, IN|
|Mrs. Mary E. Jamerson||Anderson, IN|
|Mr. Jeffrey A. Jenness||Noblesville, IN|
|Kimberly Leach Johnson, J.D.||Naples, FL|
|Dr. Mark S. Krenz||Dublin, OH|
|Mr. Terry S. McCardwell||Pendleton, IN|
|Dr. Charles J. Myricks, Jr.||Akron, OH|
|Dr. Guy F. Perry, Jr.||Indianapolis, IN|
|John S. Pistole, J.D.||Anderson, IN|
|Rudolph R. Pyle III, J.D.||Anderson, IN|
|Dr. Steven L. Rennick||Colorado Springs, CO|
|Mr. John P. Sanders||Arlington, VA|
|Dr. Lloyd B. Schnuck, Jr.||Martinez, GA|
|Dr. Vernon K. Smith||Scottsdale, AZ|
|Dr. Rodney K. Stafford||Fairfax, VA|
|Rev. Paul A. Strozier||Anderson, IN|
|Rev. Erin M. Taylor||Alma, MI|
|Dr. Beth S. Tharp||Anderson, IN|
|Mr. John L. Wechsler||Fishers, IN|
|Mr. Charles T. Bate||Carmel, IN|
|Rev. Thomas W. Bates||Palm Harbor, FL|
|Dr. Robert A. Culp||Holland, OH|
|Dr. Carl D. Erskine||Anderson, IN|
|Dr. Ronald J. Fowler||Akron, OH|
|Dr. William J. Gaither||Alexandria, IN|
|Mr. James W. Giesler||Madeira Beach, FL|
|Dr. Jayne A. Grandison||Muncie, IN|
|Mr. J. Kenneth Lockhart||Anderson, IN|
|Dr. Kerry B. Robinson||Anderson, IN|
|Dr. Lois A. Settlemeyer||Camas, WA|
- AU Cabinet
In October of 2016, Jen Hunt returned to her alma mater, Anderson University, as Director of Development. Since September 2017, Jen has served in the role of Vice President of Advancement.
Jen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from AU and her law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. Her career in development began in 2000, when she joined Deaconess Hospital Foundation in Evansville, Indiana as the Annual and Planned Giving Officer. Prior to coming to AU, she served as the Director of Development and Communications for the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention in Indianapolis for more than 10 years.
A native of Indianapolis, Jen lives on the northeast side of Indy with her husband, Steve, and their two daughters, Abby and Cassie.
Her passion for Anderson University stems from the positive academic and spiritual foundation she received while a student here. She is excited about the opportunity to provide those same kinds of experiences for students today. Her primary role is to connect donors who share a passion for AU with meaningful giving opportunities.
Jen has been at Anderson University since 2016.
Vice President for Advancement
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.
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.
A message from the Provost:
Welcome to Anderson University where we are committed to educating the whole person for a life of faith and service! We are living in exciting times that are both stressful and hopeful.
As Provost, my personal mission is to create an environment for growth and learning where together we deeply engage the learning process. I am passionate about preparing students for a complex global society and a future we can hardly imagine. Today's graduates may be working at a job that does not yet exist. Where best to prepare students for the future than in a Christian liberal arts university, with a strong liberal arts program, among faculty mentors who guide students in exploring their vocational calling, where there is a deliberate attempt to connect theory with practice, the opportunity to develop real life skills through hands on learning, and all within the context of academic and Christian discovery. I see it as my calling to foster such an environment and I'm honored to work with the exceptional faculty and staff at Anderson.
The Office of Provost is here to serve and lead the academic endeavors of the university. For academics at Anderson to be at its best then all of us must give our best to one another. Mutuality in the learning process is essential for a vibrant learning community. In the spirit of mutuality we invite your comments (affirmations and/or suggestions).
Together we will create a vibrant learning community where all are challenged to reach their fullest potential. Together we lift one another to higher heights.
Dr. Marie S. Morris
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).
President John Pistole, in his role as director of the TSA, led a 60,000-strong workforce, the security operations of more than 450 airports throughout the United States, the Federal Air Marshal Service, and shared security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines. Under his leadership, the TSA worked to transform as a risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism agency dedicated to protecting the nation’s transportation systems.
Prior to his leadership with the TSA, Pistole served as a 26-year veteran of the FBI with extensive national security and counterterrorism experience. During this time, he was an instructor in Organized Crime matters at The FBI Academy. In 1994, Pistole became a field supervisor of a White-Collar Crime and Civil Rights Squad in Indianapolis, where he created a Health Care Fraud Task Force and a Public Corruption Task Force. He also developed curricula and provided instruction at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary.
After the attacks of September 11, 2001, Pistole was placed in charge of the FBI’s counterterrorism program, eventually becoming the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director for national security. In 2004, Pistole was named Deputy Director for the FBI. Since the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, Pistole contributed to the formation of terrorism policies during both the Bush and Obama administrations.
Pistole’s family has deep connections within Anderson University. His father, the late Dr. Hollis Pistole, graduated from Anderson University in 1945. He taught applied theology in the Anderson University School of Theology for 25 years, retiring in 1984. After his retirement, Dr. Pistole continued to serve as a chaplain in residence at the seminary. Pistole’s mother, the late Elizabeth (Smith) Pistole, was a 1943 graduate of Anderson University and taught at Anderson High School for many years.
Pistole and his wife, Kathy Harp, have two adult daughters.
His parents’ work in education had a profound influence over Pistole and his siblings. Cindy (Pistole) Poikonen, BA ’68, began teaching at Anderson University in 1987 in the English Department and retired in 2011 as assistant professor of English. Carole (Pistole) Greenwalt, BA ’72, is retired from Anderson Community School Corporation. Dr. David Hollis Pistole, BA ’77, is a professor of biology at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
In October of 2004, Pistole was recognized as one of several outstanding alumni of institutions within the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). The CCCU annually recognized alumni of member schools who have made an impact in society. He is a recipient of the 2005 Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive. In 2006, Anderson University honored Pistole with the Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. In March 2006, the FBI honored Pistole with the 2005 Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive. In 2007, Pistole received the Edward H. Levi Award for Outstanding Professionalism and Exemplary Integrity.
Pistole in the News:
Interview discussing his career in public service.
Jim 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.