Huntington University is a Christian liberal arts college in Indiana

university governance

Huntington University is governed by a self-perpetuating, thirty-three member Board of Trustees. Eight of its members serve through appointment to the Higher Education Leadership Team of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. Three board members serve ex-officio: the presidents of the Huntington University Foundation, the Alumni Association, and the Student Senate. Except for the latter, trustee members are elected for terms of four years.

Those elected as Trustees are expected to (i) possess a genuine and personal relationship with Jesus Christ as evidenced by a vital witness and spiritual maturity, (ii) have an evangelical commitment, (iii) actively participate in a local church congregation, and (iv) subscribe to the University’s Statement of Faith.

All trustees shall (i) acknowledge and evidence a commitment to the mission and heritage of the University, (ii) demonstrate integrity and maturity, (iii) willingly support the University and influence others to do so, (iv) have a primary commitment to the University with respect to service as a trustee, (v) willingly carry out trustee duties in a manner that avoids all possible conflicts of interest, (vi) be persons of high and recognized character, and (vii) be committed to Christian higher education.

Board members may access the Trustee Portal (login required).

Board of Trustees

2014 Board of TrusteesOfficers of the Board

Kelly K. Savage, Chairman
Herbert A. Schumm, Vice Chairman
Nancy L. Hull, Secretary

Board Members

Lars Andersen, physician
St. Johns, Michigan

Ronald P. Baker, physician
Berrien Springs, Michigan

J. Michael Caley, minister
Byron Center, Michigan

Carol A. Clark, physician
Anderson, Indiana

Jerry L. Clore, dentist
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Thomas A. Clounie, business owner
Huntington, Indiana

Candace E. Curie, consultant
Gaithersburg, Maryland

Gary L. Dilley, minister
Huntington, Indiana

Brooks Fetters, mayor
Huntington, Indiana

Ronald J. Freeman, president
Portland, Indiana

Rae Gonterman, senior vice president
Roanoke, Indiana

Owen C. Gordon, college president
Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica

Dale L. Haupert, insurance executive
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Calvin D. Hawkins, judge
Gary, Indiana

Nancy L. Hull, college professor
Belmont, Michigan

Dalton Jenkins, minister
Yonkers, New York

Nancy Lamport Lasse, manager
Peoria, Illinois

Larry L. Lance, ministry executive
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Monte J. Lightner, principal
Roanoke, Indiana

Emmett W. Lippe, retired superintendent, CEO
Harrison, Michigan

Richard D. Merillat, retired executive
Naples, Florida

Larry M. New, developer
Yorktown, Indiana

Brian D. Nofzinger, accountant
Adrian, Michigan

Chad S. Pryor, director of legal services
ex officio, Alumni Board President

Kelly K. Savage, VP for Human Resources
Grandville, Michigan

Jane A. Schenkel, retired teacher
Huntington, Indiana

Herbert A. Schumm, physician/executive
Lima, Ohio

Edward E. Souers, accountant/partner
Woodburn, Indiana

Aron Tan, student body president
Gelderland, Netherlands

Thomas L. Tyler, retired executive
Dowagiac, Michigan

Edward C. Vessels, consultant
ex officio, Huntington University Foundation Board President

W. Phillip Whipple, bishop
Huntington, Indiana

Luther Whitfield, minister
Fort Wayne, Indiana

C. Robin Wright, banker
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Ethel P. Wynder, social worker, homemaker
Huntington, Indiana

Honorary Trustee

Ruth Merillat, corporate executive
Adrian, Michigan

Chairman Emeriti

Donald L. Duff, chairman emeritus
Huntertown, Indiana

C. Ray Miller, chairman emeritus
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Trustees Emeriti

Paul B. Baker, retired minister
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Paul E. Lehman, contractor
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

David N. McGinnis, business executive
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Harold E. Pontious
Babson Park, Florida

Kenneth W. Savage, accountant/partner
Grandville, Michigan

Nancy L. Stouffer, executive
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Howard A. Whaley, retired executive
Castle Rock, Colorado

Constituent Support

The University depends upon the interest and generosity of its various constituencies in providing resources for current and future operations. Current annual gifts are very important in meeting the necessary obligations of the institution. Deferred gifts and investments in the form of cash, bonds, securities, life insurance, annuities, and real estate build a vital and solid foundation for future growth and operation.

Current income is provided by student tuition and fees, which provide three-fourths of the operating revenue, and by gifts from generous supporters, from alumni, and from the church. Additional revenue is provided by annuities and life estates and by a modest endowment.

Persons desiring to remember Huntington University in their wills, to receive information on estate planning or deferred giving, or to become involved in a major gift for current fund or capital campaign are invited to call or write the President for a personal response.