As the director of the adult and graduate studies office I oversee the recruitment and admissions for our accelerated degree completion programs in organizational management and health care management, the evening social work program, post baccalaureate education (for example teacher licensure) and the graduate programs in education and business.
Prior to joining Bluffton in November 1998, I enjoyed an extensive career in banking. I spent 20 of my 22 years in banking with Bank One, NA (nka Chase) with which I held numerous supervisory and management positions.
I began my college education as an adult student, working full time while attending classes at a local two-year college. Four years after earning an associates degree in accounting I decided to return to college with a goal of achieving a bachelor's degree in business. Bluffton was my choice because at the time they were offering evening classes at the two-year college. I remember how challenging it was balancing work responsibilities, family responsibilities and scheduling the right classes in the order needed. I was not, however, always an evening student. In 1995, I took a nine-month leave from banking to attend college full-time in pursuit of a new major, religion. I am a 1996 graduate of Bluffton, and in 2007 I received a master of arts in theological studies from Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay.
My wife, Jean, was in BCOMP Group 16 and is a 1998 Bluffton graduate. Although I was not a BCOMP student, I became aware, through my observation of Jean, of the commitment and dedication required to successfully complete an accelerated degree program. I also personally know of the challenges associated with attending college and working fulltime. Attending college as an adult is not only challenging but personally rewarding. This knowledge and personal experience assists me in my role at Bluffton.
In today's workplace the importance of an employee having a four-year degree is greater than ever. We often hear about individuals who have gained promotions or who have taken on new and better jobs thanks in part to their college degree. But there are just as many individuals or even more who have been able to retain their jobs because they have a four-year college degree. We read every day about companies involved in mergers, buyouts, consolidations and down-sizings. A college education will sometimes be the contributing factor between job retention and outplacement.
For additional information, contact:
Office of Adult & Graduate Studies
Phone: 800-488-3257, option 4