University Governance

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the direction and management of all assets and programs of the University. The Board formulates and determines the general, educational and financial policies as are deemed necessary for the administration and development of the University in accordance with its stated purposes. The Board selects the President who serves as chief executive officer of the University and is responsible for all University educational and managerial affairs.

The University is firmly committed to the lordship of Jesus Christ and evangelical Christianity as the foundation for its educational philosophy and operation. All trustees, excluding Ex Officio Trustees, and all regular employees of the University shall (i) possess a genuine and personal relationship with Jesus Christ as evidenced by a vital witness and spiritual maturity, (ii) evidence an evangelical commitment, (iii) actively participate in a local church congregation and (iv) subscribe to the Huntington University Statement of Faith.

The Board of Trustees may be comprised of up to 39 active, voting members. Trustees are elected by the Board and members of the Higher Education Leadership Team of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA. The President of the Huntington University Foundation, the President of the Alumni Association of Huntington University and the President of the Student Senate are ex officio members. Elected members serve four-year terms.

Officers of the Board
Herbert A. Schumm Chair
Monte J. Lightner Vice Chair
Ronald J. Freeman Secretary
Term Expires in 2019  
Thad A. Abel, retired teacher Grandville, Michigan
Jerry L. Clore, dentist  Grand Rapids, Michigan
Quintin K. T. Graves, student Hicksville, Ohio
Larry L. Lance, senior advisor/president emeritus Fort Wayne, Indiana
Rex D. Schrader, president Columbia City, Indiana
Herbert A. Schumm, vice president medical education/physician engagement Loveland, Ohio
Michael S. Zahn, chief executive officer and president  Huntington, Indiana
Term Expires in 2020  
Ronald P. Baker, retired physician Berrien Springs, Michigan
Jody Bowser, senior pastor Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Brian G. Emerick, chief executive officer Columbia City, Indiana
Thomas A. Feusse, chief executive officer Powell, Ohio
Ronald J. Freeman, president Portland, Indiana
Richard D. Merillat, retired executive Naples, Florida
Term Expires 2021  
Lars P. Andersen, physician Saint Johns, Michigan
Thomas A. Clounie, business owner Huntington, Indiana
Brooks L. Fetters*, mayor Huntington, Indiana
Todd H. Fetters*, bishop Huntington, Indiana
Rae A. Gonterman, retired executive Roanoke, Indiana
Dalton M. Jenkins*, senior pastor/controller Yonkers, New York
Nancy K. Lamport, senior inventory manager Peoria, Illinois
Monte J. Lightner, principal Roanoke, Indiana
Kristi L. McConnell*, project architect Caledonia, Michigan
Brian D. Nofzinger*, shareholder, certified public accountant  Blissfield, Michigan
Martin T. Pennington*, pastor Northwood, Ohio
Term Expires 2022  
Robert L. Caley, business owner/farmer Markle, Indiana
Carol A. Clark, retired physician Orange Beach, Alabama
Candace E. Curie, president/chief executive officer Gaithersburg, Maryland
Dennis R. Miller, senior pastor Fort Wayne, Indiana
C. Robin Wright, senior vice president for commercial lending Columbia City, Indiana
*Higher Education Leadership Team of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ.
Chairman Emeriti
Donald L. Duff, retired executive Huntertown, Indiana
C. Ray Miller, retired bishop Fort Wayne, Indiana
Kelly K. Savage, chief human resource officer Grandville, Michigan
Trustees Emeriti
Paul B. Baker, retired minister Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Paul E. Lehman, business executive Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Emmett W. Lippe, retired superintendent/chief executive officer Harrison, Michigan
David N. McGinnis, business owner Ada, Michigan
Kenneth W. Savage, accountant Grandville, Michigan
Nancy L. Stouffer, business executive Moneta, Virginia
Thomas L. Tyler, retired president/director Granger, Indiana
Howard A. Whaley, retired executive Castle Rock, Colorado
Honorary Trustee
Ruth Merillat, retired business executive Naples, Florida