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LEADERSHIP

Executive Office

Higher education demands leadership and associated communication processes to be nimble, transparent, and effective. Maranatha’s executive leaders champion its commitment to fidelity, innovation, and continuous quality improvement.

The President and Executive VP ensure that every institutional action reflects a commitment to the mission and core values through established expectations and systems for accountability at every level. Maranatha’s stakeholders, board members, administration, faculty and staff, and student body represent a community of faith that is deeply committed to its shared biblical values.

The Executive Office oversees the implementation of Maranatha’s strategic planning process which advances the mission while maintaining a focus on student learning.

Dr. Matthew Davis

Central to the mission of Maranatha Baptist University is the task of making disciples. Our students are our primary product—not educational experiences, grades, or even class content. Through discipleship, we’re preparing students for leadership in the local church and the world. Nothing thrills us more than developing discipleship relationships with our students at Maranatha Baptist University.

—Dr. Marty Mariott

Board of Trustees

Maranatha’s independent board of trustees functions as a guardian of the mission, purpose, and values of the institution. The board is comprised of pastors, business leaders, physicians, attorneys, and both alumni and non-alumni of Maranatha, and represents the values and composition of the constituency. As such, the board serves as a sentinel guarding MBU’s governing principles and as a bellwether providing input and direction in meeting the broader needs of the constituency.

The Executive Committee of the board is a sub-committee of members elected by the full board. Between formal meetings of the board, the Executive Committee acts on behalf of the full board in emergencies and specified contingencies while routinely assisting the president with environmental scanning and external perspective.

  • Marty Marriott President, Watertown, WI
  • Kevin Ames Retired Businessman, Pacifica, CA
  • David Anderson | Pastor, Roscoe, IL
  • David Baldwin Businessman, Owosso, MI
  • Darrell Beernink Retired Businessman, Normal, IL
  • Stephen Burton Businessman, Chesapeake, VA
  • Andy Counterman Pastor, Millersville, MD
  • Michael Dean Attorney, Brookfield, WI
  • Doug Jackson Pastor, Saginaw, MI
  • William Lincoln Retired Pastor, Watertown, WI
  • Bob Loggans Pastor, Watertown, WI
  • Greg McLaughlin Pastor, Huntsville, AL
  • Randy Melchert Jr. | Educator & Attorney, Menomonee Falls, WI
  • Zachary Mortimer Businessman, Shelocta, PA
  • John Phillips Businessman, Ocoee, FL
  • Mark Poorman Pastor, Fridley, MN
  • Chad Prigge Pastor, Watertown, WI
  • Michael Stoltenberg Physician, Livonia, MI

Board of Resource

  • Todd Abbey | Pastor, Fairfax Station, VA
  • Randell Gillespie | Businessman, Tipp City, OH
  • Matt Lahmann Pastor, Lake Saint Louis, MO
  • Joel Matthews | Businessman, Decatur, AL
  • David Oliver | Pastor, Belding, MI
  • Tim Schmig | Educator, Owosso, MI
  • Jesse Sherburn | Research Engineer, Vicksburg, MS

Leadership Teams

Maranatha often uses teams, task forces, or focus groups as sources of information, advice, or recommendations. Collaboration with stakeholders at all levels – from students and alumni to community and ministry partners – ensures the university continues to accomplish its mission of “developing leaders for ministry in the local church and the world, to the Praise of His Glory.”

Four primary teams lead Maranatha administratively. The Executive Council (EC), the Financial Committee (FINCOM), the Strategy Council (SC), and the Leadership Council (LC). The unified structure of these teams provides consistency, reliable and intentional inter-departmental communication, and broad access to decision-makers.

Executive Council

The Executive Council (EC), the institution’s highest internal policy-making and appellate body, is made up of the executive-level leadership of the institution. EC meets regularly to address human resource issues and policy implementation. EC represents an important safeguard on institutional policy while maintaining connection to the Strategic Plan. The President serves as the Chair of the Executive Council.

Strategy Council

The Strategy Council oversees the Strategic Planning process (implementation, project management, and revision), Accreditation efforts (HLC requirements and tasks, program accreditation, compliance efforts), and Institutional Assessment (institutional outcomes, academic program review, operational department review). The Executive Vice President serves as the Chair of the Strategy Council.

Leadership Council

The Leadership Council (LC) represents a vital nexus for the cross-flow of communication between departments and academic units. LC is comprised of the directors of every major department and academic unit as well as the administration of the university. Department leaders communicate recent developments, share innovations, and promote upcoming events. LC reports provide a free-flow of information on strategic direction and key organizational planning processes.

Executive Council
  • Marty Marriott, BA, BS, MA, MDiv, DD | President
  • Matthew Davis, BS, JD | Executive Vice President, Corporate Counsel
  • John Davis, AA, BA, DD | Dean of Students, Director of Alumni Services
  • Donald Donovan, BS, CPA | Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Business Affairs
  • James Harrison, BA, MMin, DD | Vice President for Institutional Advancement
  • Mark Herbster, BA, MDiv | Dean of the College of Bible & Church Ministries, Maranatha Baptist Seminary  [more information]
  • William Licht, BA, MS, MA, EdD | Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Werner Lumm, BS, MS, EdS, EdD | Chief Information Officer, Facilities Manager
Strategy Council
  • Marty Marriott, BA, BS, MA, MDiv, DD | President
  • Matthew Davis, BS, JD | Executive Vice President, Corporate Counsel, Chair
  • Jonathan Coleman, BA, MA, MEd | Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
  • Jeff Drost, BS, MS, Phd | School of Business
  • James Harrison, BA, MMin, DD | Vice President for Institutional Advancement
  • William Licht, BA, MS, MA, EdD | Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Werner Lumm, BS, MS, EdS, EdD | Chief Information Officer, Facilities Manager
  • Philip Alsup, BA, MS, EdD | Assistant Vice President, Online and Distance Learning
Leadership Council

 

    • Marty Marriott, BA, BS, MA, MDiv, DD | President
    • Matthew Davis, BS, JD | Executive Vice President
    • Philip Alsup, BS, MS, EdD | Assistant Vice President, Online and Distance Learning
    • Steven Board, BS | Director of Development & Stewardship Services
    • Thomas Cannon, BS, MAR | Registrar
    • Melissa Chapman, BA| Kiddie Kampus Director
    • Jonathan Coleman, BA, MA, MEd | Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
    • John Davis, AA, BH, DD | Dean of Students, Director of Alumni Services
    • Donald Donovan, BS, CPA | Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Business Affairs
    • Tracy Foster, BS, MBA, DBA | Dean, School of Business
    • David Handyside, BS, MEd, DH | Director, School of Education
    • Lane Hansel, BS, MS, MS, EdD | Maranatha Baptist Academy Administrator
    • Mark Hanson, BS, MDiv, MLIS | Library Director
    • James Harrison, BA, MMin, DD | Vice President for Institutional Advancement
    • Emily Haynes, BA, MA | Dean of Women
    • Mark Herbster, BA, MDiv | Dean of the College of Bible & Church Ministries, Maranatha Baptist Seminary
    • David Ledgerwood, BS, MA, MA, DMA | Chair, Department of Music
    • Charles Leeds, BA, MDiv | Director of Student Activities
    • William Licht, BA, MS, MA, EdD | Vice President for Academic Affairs
    • Werner Lumm, BS, MS, EdS, EdD | Chief Information Officer, Facilities Manager
    • Jeffrey Miller, BS, MA, PhD | Chair, Department of Humanities
    • Curt Oberholtzer, BA, MA | Director of Human Resources
    • Phillip Price, BS, MAT | Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Applied Science Department
    • Susan Rasmussen, BSN, MSN | Director, School of Nursing
    • Bruce Roth, BS | Director of Financial Aid
    • Jonathan Sheeley, BS | Director of Student Recruitment
    • Robert Thompson, BS | Athletic Director
    • Peter Wright, BS | Director of Communications