Contact us

Feel free to contact the following directly with questions and comments about Bluffton University.


You may phone the university's main switchboard at 419-358-3000 or 800-488-3257.

President's Cabinet

President James M. Harder
Vice president for academic affairs and academic dean Sally Weaver Sommer
Vice president for student life, dean of students Julie DeGraw
Vice president for institutional advancement Hans Houshower
Vice president of fiscal affairs Kevin Nickel
Vice president for enrollment management Ron Headings

 Academic Division Chairs

 Natural and applied sciences  Steve Harnish
 Education and sport science  Tami Forbes
 Communication and fine arts  Lucia Unrau
 Social and behavioral sciences  Will Slater
 Business studies  George Lehman
 Humanities  Jeff Gundy

  Academic Department Chairs

 Art  Phil Sugden
 Biology  Bob Antibus
 Business studies  Gary Schiefer
 Chemistry and physics  Charles Daws
 Communication and theatre  Melissa Friesen
 Education  Gayle Trollinger
 English and language  Cindy Bandish
 Health, fitness and sports science  TBD
 History and religion  Randy Keeler
 Library  Mary Jean Johnson
 Mathematics  Steve Harnish
 Music  Peter Terry
 Nutrition and dietetics  Deb Myers
 Social sciences  Will Slater
 Social work  Nancy Banman

 Academic Program Directors

 Graduate programs in education  Gayle Trollinger
 Graduate programs in business  George Lehman
 BCOMP academic director  Peter Terry

 Staff Directors

Director of academic development services Jacqui Slinger
Director of undergraduate admissions Derek Stemen
Director of adult and graduate studies admissions Ted Bible
Director of alumni relations and annual giving Julia Szabo
Assessment coordinator Ross Kauffman
Athletic director Phill Talavinia
Bookstore manager Janine Paul
Director of buildings and grounds Mustaq Ahmed
Business office manager Rick Lichtle
Director of career and vocation Shari Ayers
Director of development/planned giving Chris Moser
Director of financial aid Chris Fowler
Director of Institute for Learning in Retirement JP Schumacher
Director of information technology Deb Turner
Director of human resources Scott Sharik
Director of libraries Mary Jean Johnson
Director of The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center Louise Matthews
Director of multicultural affairs Tyson Goings
Director of public relations Robin Bowlus
Director of residence life Caleb Farmer
Director of University Events Complex; Conferences Mark Bourassa


Academic affairs Nancy Neff
Adult and graduate studies admissions
Alumni relations
Business office
Campus Ministries Tig Intagliata
Center for Career and Vocation
Counseling services Rae Staton
Cross-cultural program Elaine Suderman
Development Chris Moser
Health Center Cyndi Ulrich
Honors program Rudi Kauffman
International student admissions
Financial aid Chris Fowler
The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center Louise Matthews
Registrar (for grade transcripts)
Residence life Julie DeGraw
Sports information Bill Hanefeld Jr.
Student life
Student technology Ray Karcher

You may also visit our student and faculty/staff directories to search for persons on campus by name.