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

Interim vice president and dean of academic affairs

Lamar Nisly

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 TBD
Athletic director Phill Talavinia
Senior director of advancement operations and public relations Robin Bowlus

 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  Angie Montel
 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  Tami Forbes
 History and religion  Randy Keeler
 Library  Mary Jean Johnson
 Mathematics  Steve Harnish
 Music  Peter Terry
 Nutrition and dietetics  Deb Myers
 Social sciences  Matt Friesen
 Social work  Nancy Banman

Academic Program Directors

 Graduate programs in education  Gayle Trollinger
 Graduate programs in business  Melissa Green
 BCOMP academic director  Randy Keeler

Staff Directors

Director of academic development services Jacqui Slinger
Director of undergraduate admissions Robin Hopkins
Director of adult and graduate studies admissions Erin Burkholder
Director of alumni relations and annual giving Julia Szabo
Director of assessment Alex Sider
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 TBD
Director of financial aid Chris Fowler
Institutional research assistant Karen Bontrager
Director of institutional research Darryl Nester
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
Senior director of advancement operations and public relations Robin Bowlus
Director of residence life

Kevin Williams

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 TBD
Health Center Cyndi Ulrich
Honors program TBD
International student admissions
Financial aid Chris Fowler
The Lion and Lamb Peace Arts Center Louise Matthews
Registrar (for grade transcripts)
Residence life Kevin Williams
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.