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Taylor University Leadership

President’s Cabinet

The President’s Cabinet is responsible for stewarding the University’s culture and strategy.

Members of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) are signified with an asterisk. The SLT oversees personnel and resources of the University and functions as the operational leadership group for Taylor University.


Michael Lindsay Ph.D. *

President

  • PhD, Sociology, Princeton University 
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, English and Speech, Baylor University

Dan Darko

Dean for Global Engagement & Professor of Biblical Studies

  • PhD, New Testament & Early Christianity, King’s College London (University of London)
  • ThM, Evangelical Theological Seminary (Osijek, Croatia)
  • MA, Biblical Studies, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies & University of Leeds
  • BTh, Evangelical Theological Seminary (Osijek, Croatia)
  • Diploma, Pastoral Ministries & Religious Education, Ghana Christian University

Nancy Dayton

Dean of Arts & Humanities

  • PhD, American Literature, Miami University
  • MA, English Literature, Indiana University
  • BA, English, Writing, Indiana Wesleyan University

Gregory Dyson *

Vice President for Spiritual Life & Intercultural Leadership and Campus Pastor

  • MS, Organizational Leadership, Cairn University
  • BA, Bible, Cedarville University
  • Diploma, Biblical Studies, Word of Life Bible Institute

Karen Elsea

Dean of Nursing

  • EdD, Higher Education, Ball State University
  • MS, Nursing Administration, Indiana University
  • BS, Nursing, Ball State University

Mike Falder *

Vice President for University Advancement

  • EdD, Higher Education Leadership, Regent University
  • MA, Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University
  • BA, Business Administration, Taylor University

Will Hagen *

Vice President for Strategy and Chief of Staff

  • EdD, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College (ongoing)
  • MS, Financial Analysis, Gordon College
  • BA, English Language and Literature, Gordon College

Jody Hirschy

Associate Dean of Business, Executive Director of Graduate Programs in Leadership

  • PhD, Global Leadership, Regent University
  • MA, Corporate & Multicultural Communication, DePaul University
  • BA, Communications Arts & Sciences, DePauw University

Benjamin Hotmire

Dean of Business, Education, & Social and Behavioral Science

  • PhD, Curriculum (cognates: Educational Technology and Social Foundations of Education), Ball State University
  • MA, Teaching, Wright State University
  • BS, Elementary Education (JH/MS Science and Social Studies), Taylor University

Chris Jones *

Vice President & Chief Information Officer

  • BS, Computer Science, Gordon College

Jewerl Maxwell *

Provost

  • PhD, Political Science, Miami University
  • MA, Political Science, Miami University
  • BA, Political Science, History, and Public Affairs, Muskingum University

Stephen Olson *

Vice President for Finance/CFO

  • MBA, Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • BS, Taylor University

Matthew Renfrow

Dean of Natural & Applied Sciences

  • PhD, Human Performance/Exercise Science, Middle Tennessee State University
  • MS, Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Middle Tennessee State University 
  • BS, Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Belmont University

Carol Sisson

Associate Professor of Education

  • EdD, Educational Psychology/Special Education, Regent University
  • EdS, School Psychology, Ball State University
  • MA, School Psychology, Ball State University
  • BA, Psychology, Taylor University

Skip Trudeau *

Vice President for Student Development & Intercollegiate Athletics, Director of the Master of Arts in Higher Education Program

  • EdD, Higher Education Administration, Indiana University Bloomington
  • MA, Student Personnel Administration, State University of New York College at Buffalo
  • BA, Christian Education, John Brown University

Holly Whitby *

Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing

  • MS, Instructional Design & Technology, Trevecca Nazarene University
  • MBA, Business Administration, Belmont University
  • BA, Business Administration & Management, Trevecca Nazarene University

Provost’s Council


Barbara Bird

Professor of English, Dean of Faculty Development, and Director of the Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning

  • PhD, Composition and Rhetoric, Ball State University 
  • MA, English, Ball State University
  • BA, English, Taylor University

Kimberly Case

Higher Education Faculty and Director of Assessment & Quality Improvement

  • PhD, Higher Education—Student Success, Azusa Pacific University
  • MAR, Christian Education, Asbury Theological Seminary 
  • BA, Christian Education, Asbury College 

Dan Darko

Dean for Global Engagement & Professor of Biblical Studies

  • PhD, New Testament & Early Christianity, King’s College London (University of London)
  • ThM, Evangelical Theological Seminary (Osijek, Croatia)
  • MA, Biblical Studies, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies & University of Leeds
  • BTh, Evangelical Theological Seminary (Osijek, Croatia)
  • Diploma, Pastoral Ministries & Religious Education, Ghana Christian University

Nancy Dayton

Dean of Arts & Humanities

  • PhD, American Literature, Miami University
  • MA, English Literature, Indiana University
  • BA, English, Writing, Indiana Wesleyan University

Shannon Eaves

Director of Zondervan Library

  • MLIS, Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina
  • MS, Personnel Services, Bob Jones University
  • BA, History, Bob Jones University

Karen Elsea

Dean of Nursing

  • EdD, Higher Education, Ball State University
  • MS, Nursing Administration, Indiana University
  • BS, Nursing, Ball State University

Jody Hirschy

Associate Dean of Business, Executive Director of Graduate Programs in Leadership

  • PhD, Global Leadership, Regent University
  • MA, Corporate & Multicultural Communication, DePaul University
  • BA, Communications Arts & Sciences, DePauw University

Benjamin Hotmire

Dean of Business, Education, & Social and Behavioral Science

  • PhD, Curriculum (cognates: Educational Technology and Social Foundations of Education), Ball State University
  • MA, Teaching, Wright State University
  • BS, Elementary Education (JH/MS Science and Social Studies), Taylor University

Carrie Meyer

Director of Online Learning & Institutional Technology

  • MBA, Taylor University
  • BA, University of Southern Indiana

Matthew Renfrow

Dean of Natural & Applied Sciences

  • PhD, Human Performance/Exercise Science, Middle Tennessee State University
  • MS, Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Middle Tennessee State University 
  • BS, Exercise Science and Health Promotion, Belmont University

Janet Rogers

University Registrar

  • MA, Education, Morehead State University
  • BBA, Teaching, Morehead State University 

Board of Trustees


Angela Angelovska-Wilson

Angela Angelovska-Wilson ’96

Lawyer, DLx Law

JD, American University
BA, Taylor University

Jill Anschutz

Jill Anschutz ’07

Director, The Anschutz Foundation

BA, Taylor University 

Jonathan V. Beukelman

Jonathan V. Beukelman ’98

Senior Vice President, UBS Financial Services

BA, Taylor University

Minda Chow

Minda Chow

Retired Nurse & Homemaker

BS, University of Illinois

Mark T. Davis

Mark T. Davis

President, Atlantic Christian Academy & MD Ministry Partners, LLC

MBA, Florida Atlantic University

Sarah Flick

Sarah Flick ’92

Coach, Maxson & Associates

BA, Taylor University 

Chris Goeglein

Chris Goeglein ’84

Managing Partner, True North Strategic Advisors, LLC

MBA, Ball State University
BA, Taylor University

Tamara Shaya Hoffmann

Tamara Shaya Hoffmann ’08

Foreign Service Officer, Department of State

MA, University of Notre Dame
BA, Taylor University

Erik Hotmire

Erik Hotmire ’95

Partner, FGS Global

BA, Taylor University

Rhonda F. Jeter

Rhonda F. Jeter ’79

Associate Professor & Dean of the College of Education, Bowie State University

PhD, University of Pennsylvania
MA, University of Maryland-College Park
BS, Taylor University

Stephen L. Johnson

Stephen L. Johnson ’73

President, Stephen L. Johnson & Associates Strategic Consulting, LLC

MS, George Washington University
BA, Taylor University
LHD, Taylor University

Jeff Jones

Jeff Jones ’85

President, Forge Resources Group

BA, Taylor University 

Heather Larson

Heather Larson ’96

Founder, Philanthropy Advisor, & Leadership Consultant, LiveGive

BA, Taylor University

Jana Murphy

Jana Murphy '96

Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Saab, Inc

BS, Taylor University

Manuel Rosado

Manuel Rosado ’96

President, Spectrum Investment Advisors, Inc.

MBA, Concordia University
BA, Taylor University

Kathy Stevens

Kathy Stevens ’82

Owner, Opex Corporation

BA, Taylor University

Mark D. Taylor

Mark D. Taylor

President, Tyndale House Publishers

BA, Duke University
LHD, Taylor University

Karen E. Thomas

Karen E. Thomas ’87

Minister and Business Owner

MDiv, Asbury Theological Seminary
BA, Taylor University

P. Eric Turner

P. Eric Turner ’74

President & CEO, T3 Investments Corp.

BS, Taylor University

Nicholas J. Wallace

Nicholas J. Wallace

CPA, BKD, LLP

MA, California State University

Luther Whitfield

Luther Whitfield

Founder and Senior Pastor, New Covenant Worship Center

DDiv, Huntington University
BS, Elementary Education, Concordia University

Shani P. Wilfred

Shani P. Wilfred ’99

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Valdosta State University

PhD, Indiana University Bloomington
MA, Indiana University Bloomington
BS, Taylor University

Daniel S. Wolgemuth

Daniel S. Wolgemuth ’77

President Emeritus, Youth For Christ USA

BA, Taylor University
LHD, Huntington University

Bob Wright

Bob Wright

President and Chief Executive Officer, Potbelly Sandwich Works

BS, LeTourneau University