Conference & Performance Events

Anderson University is a great place to gather. We are located on 100 rolling wooded acres on the suburban northeast side of the city of Anderson, Indiana. The Office of Conference and Performance Events at Anderson University is concerned with providing the best for every client who chooses to use the AU grounds and facilities for their event. With experience hosting a wide variety of events including football and band camps, youth and adult conferences, theatrical productions, band performances, weddings, and more, the staff of CPE is committed to serving our constituents with the best AU has to offer.

The university occupies 23 main campus buildings, including seven academic buildings, six residence halls, and the 132,000-square-feet Kardatzke Wellness Center. Use of facilities on the AU campus include Reardon Auditorium, Byrum Hall, the two large recital halls in our Fine Arts buildings, classrooms, dormitories (for housing), Olt Student Center (with dining hall and Raven’s Haven), access to our athletic fields and tennis courts, and use of the Kardatzke Wellness Center.

At Anderson University, visitors will find an expansive, well-groomed campus, beautiful architecture, a warm and friendly atmosphere and just the right mixture of available facilities to host any event. Affiliated with the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), AU is an institution committed to blending faith and higher education and maintains a reputation as one of the leading, Christian liberal arts colleges in the country.

Contact Us

Administrative Offices
1015 E. 5th Street
Anderson, IN 46012
phone: (765) 641-4144
fax: (765) 641-3647
toll free number: (866) 316-8949


Our Philosophy

The staff of the Office of Conference and Performance Events commits to serving those visiting our campus to the highest level of our ability. We will strive to maintain an attitude of servanthood in keeping with the mission of Anderson University.

In providing performance events, our purpose is to enhance the academic, cultural, and spiritual aspects of life for our campus and community. We strive to provide services to our conferees and patrons that serve as a witness for our belief in the Lord. We hope all who visit Anderson University will accomplish their goals and depart with renewed spirits.

We work with a sense of cooperation and camaraderie alongside our colleague departments on campus and with a sense of mutual respect for the good of each of our programs.


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Jarrod Bright

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Jarrod Bright

Jarrod graduated in December of 2016 with a degree in Music Business. He assists Dave with overseeing production for events as well as audio maintenance and training. Since graduation, Jarrod also works as a freelance audio engineer and musician.

Technical Assistant

David Crump

David Crump

David Crump
David Crump

Dave Crump (BA '82) has been working for the Office of Conference and Performance Events at Anderson University since October of 2003. Before coming to AU, he worked as a worship pastor and a lighting director for Sandi Patty. In addition to his BA in music education, he also has a master's degree in church music from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

Dave and his student staff oversee stage, audio, and lighting at Reardon Auditorium for all events. They also help facilitate technical needs for other events that take place around the campus.

Fun facts: He enjoys movies (his favorite is Cloud Atlas), baseball, and golf. He is part of a large family, where his father, one brother, one sister, two uncles, one nephew, and one niece have all graduated from AU.

Contact David:
Tech Director

Jill Goodwin

Jill Goodwin

Jill Goodwin
Jill Goodwin

Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Jill graduated from Indiana Business College in 2001. She has been married to Mark for 35 years, and together they have four children, Josh, Alex, Nathan, and Marissa, and one granddaughter.

Jill processes all internal and external billings and contracts. She also manages and assists in the scheduling and logistics of camps and conferences.

Favorite book and movie: She loves any Jane Austen book or movie.

The joy of the Lord is your strength. ― Nehemiah 8:10

Contact Jill:
Office Manager

Lisa Ragsdale

Lisa Ragsdale

Lisa Ragsdale
Lisa Ragsdale

Lisa graduated from Anderson University in 1983 with a double major in business administration and applied music.

​She has worked in the Office of Conference and Performance Events since 2002, currently in the role as director. Organization, planning, and intentionality are part of her daily life. She enjoys working with a team and finds great reward in building relationships with her student staff, as well as those throughout the AU community. She is very active in her local congregation, singing regularly on the worship team and working with the student ministry.

As director of conference and performance events, Lisa’s duties include scheduling, planning, and logistics of events throughout the school year as well as summer conferences.

Favorite book: Anything written by Shauna Niequist.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all. ― Proverbs 3:5-6 (The Message)

Contact Lisa:
Director of Conference & Performance Events