Derek StemenDerek Stemen

Director of admissions


Van Wert, Ohio


My wife Abby, daughters Eliza and Leah


Why I chose Bluffton University: 
There were many reasons why I choose to attend Bluffton University. First and foremost, I was thoroughly impressed with the closeness of the campus community. From the first time I stepped on campus during a visit (which I would highly recommend!) I could tell that the faculty, staff, and students truly cared about helping me become everything that God created me to be.


While at Bluffton, I was able to continue my athletic career by participating in NCAA Division III athletics. Based on those factors, and the knowledge that Bluffton has a strong academic reputation, I knew that Bluffton was the place for me. Overall, I was very pleased with my experiences as a student and I look forward to sharing them with you.



Sports, woodworking, time with family.


Favorite Bible verse:

Let us not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)


Contact me:

Office: 1-800-488-3257