Real Life. Experienced.

Real learning comes from living life, not just studying it.

Life at AU

Discover. Grow. Share… Repeat.

Real life can’t be learned under a microscope. That’s why student life at AU is integral to the education journey. Every friendship, mentorship, and experience is part of the journey of discovering who you’re meant to be. Learning takes place best in the context of meaningful community, fun adventures, and challenging moments where you find out what you’re made of. To find out what Real Life: Experienced is like for yourself, schedule a campus visit or apply now!

Campus Life

Intramurals, live bands, and numerous social organizations are just the beginning of student life at AU! From Mocha’s, the campus coffee shop, to student-organized events like “AU Ninja Warrior,” the AU experience goes well beyond the classroom with plenty of fun and lifelong friendships to be made.

Spiritual Life

No matter where you are in your faith journey, there’s a place for you at AU to grow spiritually. Whether through dynamic chapel speakers, weekly floor focus groups, service with Campus Ministries, or mentorship with faculty and staff members, you can experience Real Life: Transformed at AU.

“When I first started looking for colleges, I found that AU’s community was different than any of the colleges that I visited. AU is really centered on service and this is reflected in the students, teachers, and in all of its programs. It’s influenced me as a person, as a nursing major, and in my spiritual walk with Christ.”

Mitchell King

NURSING MAJOR

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Students, faculty, and staff have participated in AU’s global Study, Serve, Share program (Tri-S).

Arts, sports, social activities, student organizations, campus ministries — these are just a few of the many adventures waiting for you at Anderson University. Here, being a student means living Real Life: Experienced.

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Andrew Lehr, a light-skinned man with brown hair and a full, close-cropped beard.

Andrew Lehr

Director of Student Success

Andrew Lehr, a light-skinned man with brown hair and a full, close-cropped beard.
Andrew Lehr

Andrew is the Director of Student Success at Anderson University. Andrew provides leadership to the first year experience and the Peer Mentor team, oversees New Student Orientation, and coordinates retention efforts for the university. In this role, he helps students to thrive as they enter and persist throughout their university careers.

Andrew is originally from Indianapolis, IN and is a graduate of Taylor University where he received his undergraduate degree in Biblical Literature and his Masters in Higher Education and Student Development. He then went on to be the Resident Director and Area Coordinator of Walker Hall at John Brown University for five years. He then went on to the University of Dayton where he served as the Coordinator of Co-Curricular Learning prior to joining the team here at AU. Andrew is excited to walk alongside students as they move throughout their college experiences and help students be successful while at AU.

Andrew is married to Maria and they have a son, Nick. Andrew loves spending time with his family, reading, collecting vinyl, and brewing coffee in his growing collection of coffee-making equipment.

B.A. Biblical Literature, Taylor University
M.A. Higher Education and Student Development, Taylor University

Chris Luekenga

Assistant Provost & Dean of Students

Chris Luekenga

Chris Luekenga serves as assistant provost and the dean of students. He served as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Western Colorado University for 6 years where he oversaw Residence Life, Security Services, Conduct, Title IX, Health and Wellness, University Center and Student Engagement/Orientation. Chris also taught Psychology courses for Western including General Psychology, Personality Theory, The History of Psychology, and designed and taught Psychology of Human Strengths.

Chris is an ordained Church of God minister and served congregations in Colorado for 25 years.

Chris graduated from Anderson University (College) with a B.A. In Psychology and minor in Bible and from Trinity Seminary with an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry.

Chris is married to Dr. Joani Brandon. Chris has two married children, Dayne (Brittany) who live in Florida, and Madison (Ben) Leatherman who live in Anderson. Chris attends Park Place Church of God and enjoys outdoor activities.

Chris has a passion for mentoring university students and young professionals in life transforming opportunities.

Dominic Martin, a light-skinned man with a close-cropped goatee and dark blond hair.

Dominic Martin

21st Century Ambassador

Dominic Martin, a light-skinned man with a close-cropped goatee and dark blond hair.
Dominic Martin

I live for students. In my role as a ScholarCorps AmeriCorps Member, I act as a resource for Anderson University's 21st Century Scholars, hence the name"Ambassador." I plan and facilitate various workshops pertaining to different skills that are necessary in the life of a college student, I connect scholars to campus resources, and I strive to provide a space in which my students can feel welcome. The mission of this office is to make the college experience one that instills growth and enables scholars to thrive.

Katie Mitchell

Katie Mitchell

Director, Center for Career and Calling

Katie Mitchell
Katie Mitchell

Katie is the Director of the Center for Career and Calling. In this role, she provides leadership and vision for the office as it helps students in identifying and preparing for their specific career interests through career counseling, job search strategies, and employer recruiting.

Katie is originally from Valparaiso, Ind. and earned a dual bachelor of science degree in International Business and Marketing from Olivet Nazarene University with minors in Spanish and Accounting. After graduating, Katie's work centered around para-church events. She ran and co-founded a multi-day music and arts festival and consulted on various other festivals, concerts, and live-event promotions as well as for a booking agency, record label, and artist management company. She has guest spoken in classes at Greenville College, Olivet Nazarene University, and Anderson University.

Katie came to Anderson University in 2014 to initially serve as its Employer Relations Coordinator. She completed her Master's of Business Administration from Anderson University in the spring of 2017.

Katie is married to Rashad. Together they have two sons (Coltan and Malachi) and two dogs (Lux and Cash). The whole family enjoys any opportunity to get outdoors and watch or play sports together.

kmmitchell@anderson.edu
(765) 641-4197

Education:
B.S. International Business, Olivet Nazarene University
B.S. Marketing, Olivet Nazarene University
M.B.A. Human Relations Concentration, Anderson University

Becca Palmer

Director of Spiritual Formation

Becca Palmer

As the Director of Spiritual Formation Becca oversees the Campus Ministries staff, and Discipleship Coordinators, as well as coordinating chapel worship. Her responsibilities in Campus Ministries include overseeing a staff of 11 student coordinators that lead weekly ministries for both the campus and the Anderson community. As Director of Discipleship Coordinators, Becca oversees 22 upperclassmen men and women who live on freshmen floors, leading Bible Studies and mentoring the residents. Her responsibilities for Chapel Worship include coordinating student musicians to lead worship twice a week for campus chapels, as well as including other artistic elements to chapel services.

Becca received her B.A. in Church Music in 2007 from Anderson University and is currently pursuing a master's degree at the Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry.  Becca is married to Trent (BA '06) and they have two children, Mae and Bly.

Becca has served at Anderson University since 2008.

B.A., Anderson University