At Ottawa University, the leadership team is comprised of talented leaders with a wide range of management experience. The Chancellor's Cabinet consists of academic, financial, operational, legal, and marketing experts who direct the day-to-day decisions and report to Chancellor Kevin Eichner. In addition, Chancellor Eichner reports to the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees consists of approximately 30 academic, business, and philanthropic leaders who provide strategic guidance and fiscal oversight, meeting three times annually. Also, the Chancellor's Council is a group of approximately 30 civic-minded leaders with deep community and institutional insight, meeting twice annually. Ottawa University respects community, corporate, and collegiate partnerships.
Professor of Business Administration and Organization Development
LLD - Ottawa University
MBA - Harvard Business School
BA - Ottawa University
Chancellor Kevin C. Eichner was named as the 21st president of Ottawa University in March 2008. Dr. Eichner has been a member of the OU Board of Trustees since 1982 and led it as Chairman for five of those years. Since his inauguration, he and his leadership team have engaged the University in a major transformational strategy known as Vision 2020, which is designed to position the institution for significant growth and exceptional student outcomes. A former public company CEO (Enterprise Bank and Trust) and successful business leader, Eichner has led the institution to new growth horizons, built three new schools in business, arts & sciences and education, and has overseen the largest capital campaign in the University’s history. Online educational programs have been dramatically expanded; innovative new models for supporting student success have been implemented; and the University has renewed its historical relationships with the Ottawa Tribe and American Baptists.
Prior to his appointment to lead Ottawa University, Mr. Eichner served as president, CEO and vice chairman of Enterprise Financial Services Corporation, the parent company of Enterprise Bank & Trust (“Enterprise”), a $3.7 billion banking and wealth management company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and with operations in Greater Kansas City and Phoenix, Arizona. A co-founder of Enterprise, Mr. Eichner served as its CEO for six years and oversaw its emergence as a NASDAQ-traded company recognized for its high growth and performance in the financial services industry.
Prior to his work at Enterprise, Mr. Eichner served as executive vice president and then CEO of General American/MetLife for five years. In 1983, he founded a successful consulting company, Collaborative Strategies, Inc., which provided consultation to a large number of management and strategic for-profit and not-for-profit organizations during his 14 year tenure prior to its acquisition by General American in 1997.
Mr. Eichner is a 1973 graduate of Ottawa University with a BA in Social Change. He went on to earn an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1977, with concentrations in Marketing and Organization Development. Firmly committed to lifelong learning, Mr. Eichner designed and launched Enterprise University for Enterprise Bank and Trust, which has enrolled over 9,000 executives and non-profit leaders in workshops aimed at enhancing their knowledge and skill sets. He has led workshops on numerous business and organizational topics over the past 25 years, written extensively on leadership and organizational change, and is known as an accomplished strategic planning facilitator and change agent.
Professor of Science
PhD - Northeastern University
MS - Northeastern University
BS - Northeastern University
Dr. Dennis J. Tyner was named president of Ottawa University-Arizona in May 2019. This came after Tyner had served as senior vice president and provost of OUAZ from its inception in February 2017, helping build the university’s new Surprise, Arizona, residential campus from the ground up. His tireless work in OUAZ’s first two years of existence led to him being named “Most Influential Person in Valley Education” by Arizona Foothills Magazine in its “Best of Our Valley 2020” awards.
Tyner joined Ottawa University in January 2007 as vice president and provost of the university’s 155-year-old campus in Ottawa, Kan. He has been teaching at the collegiate level since 1986, when he began lecturing at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. Immediately prior to coming to Ottawa University, Dr. Tyner served for eight years as dean of the David Crawford School of Engineering at Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the nation. In that capacity, he helped to reverse a decade long trend of declining enrollment, and was able to substantially increase the number of undergraduate engineering students enrolled at the school. During that time, he was instrumental in the development of new undergraduate program offerings. He also designed an annual Engineering Summer Camp and a semi-annual Engineering Showcase, and he established the school’s first online graduate program.
The Boston native earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1985, 1986, and 1992, respectively. His primary research focused on applying digital communication methods in magnetic storage systems to increase the storage capacity of magnetic media. He published several articles on his research and presented his results at national and international conferences. While pursuing his bachelors and masters degrees, Tyner was employed by GTE as a member of the Radio Products Group within the company’s Communication Systems Division. There, he was part of a team that developed the secure communication radios for the aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise, and for the NASA Space Shuttle.
After earning his doctorate, Tyner joined the faculty at Norwich University as an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering, where he developed and taught new courses in communications and digital signal processing. In addition to his academic work, he served Norwich University in several other areas during his 14 years of employment with them, including admissions, facilities operations, student activities and athletics. He also served as a textbook reviewer for Prentice Hall Publishers, and authored two solutions manuals for electric circuits textbooks that he evaluated.
Tyner is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, and he served as advisor to Norwich’s student chapter from 1994 to 2006. He was instrumental in helping the chapter achieve national recognition, as they were twice voted as the R.C. Matthews Most Outstanding Chapter, and were twice runners-up. In 1997, Tyner received Tau Beta Pi’s “Most Outstanding Advisor” award. That same year, he was also selected to serve the organization as a facilitator for their award-winning “Engineering Futures” program, whereupon he traveled to schools across the nation to deliver seminars on public speaking, interpersonal skills, analytical problem solving, meeting management, and team chartering. Additionally, he has taught engineering students for more than 20 years at every institution for which he has served.
Tyner and his wife, Patricia, reside in Surprise, Ariz. They have eight grown children, and a grandchild. His wife and five of their children are graduates of Ottawa University.
Professor of Education and Religion
Ed.D. - Oral Roberts University
M.A. - Oral Roberts University
M.M. - Southwestern Christian University
University of Zimbabwe
University of Cambridge
St. Ignatius (Zimbabwe)
Dr. Reggies Wenyika was named president of the OUMW region in May 2019.
He came to OU from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Okla., where he has served as University president since 2014. Before that, he was provost and vice-president of academic affairs at SCU from 2008 to 2014. A native of Zimbabwe, he moved to the United States with his wife Dr. Bongi Wenyika and his two children Thembi and Kudzai in 2000 and has worked in higher education since arriving in the US.
He attended St. Ignatius College in Zimbabwe where he earned his Ordinary Level General Certificate of Education and Advanced Level Certificate of Education through the University of Cambridge. He received a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology from the College of Health and Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe and also received a Diploma in Ministerial Studies and a Bachelor of Religious Arts in Biblical Studies. Wenyika has a Master of Ministry from Southwestern Christian University, Master of Arts in Education Administration and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Oral Roberts University. He is currently working on his second doctorate degree, majoring in Theology.
University Provost & Chief Academic Officer
Professor of Education
DEd - Pennsylvania State University
MA - Ball State University
BS - Taylor University
Institute for Educational Management - Harvard University
Dr. Terry W. Haines joined Ottawa University in September of 2005 as the Provost of Ottawa University Kansas City and currently serves as University Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Haines has served in higher education for more than thirty years, including nineteen of those years as a vice president and dean. Immediately prior to coming to Ottawa University, Dr. Haines served for eleven years as a Vice President and Dean at Huntingdon College, where he also developed extension campuses, an international exchange program with universities in both Japan and Korea, and was instrumental in developing the first program at a national liberal arts college in the United States to provide both a personal computer and international travel to every undergraduate student.
Dr. Haines earned a doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University in 1996, a Master of Arts degree from Ball State University in 1984, and a Bachelor’s of Science from Taylor University in 1980. He completed additional course work in organizational strategic planning at University of Maryland and completed the Institute for Educational Management program in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University in 1998. Dr. Haines was one of the founders of the National Multi-cultural Student Leadership Conference at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. He developed the Duffy Institute for Church Leadership at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama; served on both the Mayor's Roundtable for Equality and Diversity and the Quad City Economic Development Committee in Davenport, Iowa; and served on the Board of Directors of Save-a-Life in Montgomery, Alabama.
Dr. Haines has presented at national conferences on issues of diversity and multiculturalism, international student leadership, community development, new administrative systems for college academic advising, as well as judicial affairs and management information systems in higher education. Dr. Haines has authored two university handbooks on international student programs and has taught in the areas of the liberal arts, communications, strategic planning, and human development. During his tenure at Huntingdon College, he helped to develop a new liberal arts core curriculum and taught courses on critical thinking in the subject areas of “origins of man” and “justice.” This new curriculum was recognized for special merit and provided commendation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Dr. Haines has also directed successful multi-million dollar fund raising initiatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Education, The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, and the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Haines grew up in Korea, the son of missionary parents. Dr. Haines and his wife, Mary, have two sons (Joshua and Caleb) and the Haines family lives in Overland Park, Kansas.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
J. Clark Ribordy, came to Ottawa University in February of 2009 following a ten year career at Tutera Health Care Services of Kansas City, where he served as the Chief Financial Officer with responsibilities for the financial management of over eighty long term care facilities nationwide. Prior to that appointment, he served eight years as the Vice President of Finance and Controller for Sage Health Services of Evansville, Indiana. He also worked in public accounting for several years prior to Sage Health Services as an audit manager for Sanden, Shambo & Anderson CPA’s of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Arthur Andersen of Chicago, Illinois, and McGladrey and Pullen of Champaign, Illinois.
Mr. Ribordy has substantial experience in designing, implementing and overseeing complex management and reporting systems; management in an environment with numerous off-site locations; keen attention to detail in a highly regulated and thinly margined industry; acquisitioning and financial feasibility analysis; and capital planning and budgeting. Ribordy has a very “hands-on” approach to leadership, with a proven record of developing, coaching and challenging employees to achieve success through accountability and performance. He has had an essay published in PC World magazine, and has also been a guest speaker at the National Investors Conference in Arlington, Virginia and the Investors and Attorney’s Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Ribordy earned a BS (Magna Cum Laude) in Accounting and Business Administration from Illinois State University in 1983. He became a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 1983.
Vice President for Advancement - OUMW
JD - University of Iowa
BA - Univeristy of Iowa
Ms. Peters was named Vice President of University Advancement OUMW in August 2020, after serving as Acting Vice President since October 2019. Previously, she served as Director of Development and Planned Giving at Ottawa University since March 2011, where she managed the operations of the office of University Advancement, supervising several employees and functions, including major gifts, annual gifts, planned gifts and endowment, alumni programs and administrative support. From April 2006 to March 2011, Ms. Peters served as Director of Planned Giving at Ottawa University, where she was responsible for attracting new gifts to the University through planned giving vehicles, including but not limited to estate gifts, annuities and various trusts.
Ms. Peters came to Ottawa University from a 17-year career at Peoples Bank in Ottawa, Kansas. At Peoples Bank, Ms. Peters served as Vice President and Trust Officer where she managed operations and administration of all Trust accounts administered by the Bank, including consultation with customers and clients, review of all documents, investments, and transactions; and maintaining compliance with required fiduciary regulations. At the bank, Ms. Peters also performed legal research and consultation on other banking law matters.
Ms. Peters earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 1983 from the University of Iowa and then worked for the University of Iowa Office of Orientation Services in the Admissions department for two years. In 1988, she earned a Juris Doctor with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law. She became a member of the State Bar of Iowa in 1988 and the State Bar of Kansas in 1989. She is currently a member of the Kansas State Bar.
Executive Vice President of OU Online
MSM - Purdue University
BS - Kansas State University
Nancy J. Wingert, joined Ottawa University in June of 2013, and has led the development of an annual marketing plan process with metrics outlining inquiries and enrollments. The marketing plans by distribution channel have featured deliverables and timing to improve market relevance and presence. For the residential college, the launch of new programs such as Engineering as well as athletic pursuits like Wrestling has provided an opportunity to partner with faculty and coaches to create improved visibility and recruiting opportunities in high schools. For the adult campuses, the marketing team hired a new advertising agency and created a new advertising campaign. The television campaign won an AMBIT Award given out by the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association. As a result of the professionalism of its advertising spot, Ottawa University was one of three higher education institutions invited to advertise during the 2014 Super Bowl in the Kansas City market. Additionally, a new corporate as well as hospital program was launched to reach out to corporations and health care organizations. To partner with Community Colleges, the Transfer Advantage program was optimized and showcased featuring community college-specific marketing materials and advertising. A new website homepage was introduced for Ottawa University in the spring of 2014 and a new responsive website design in spring of 2015.
Ms. Wingert came to Ottawa from a six year career at Labelmaster in Chicago, where she served as the Chief Marketing Officer with responsibilities in leveraging direct and digital marketing to drive sales growth, which resulted in substantial increased earnings. At Labelmaster, she redesigned a website featuring 40,000 products to accelerate revenue and website traffic. Prior to that appointment, she served as the Vice President of Marketing at Rest Haven Senior Services of Tinley Park, IL. She also has served as Vice President of Marketing at RR Donnelley & Sons in Chicago, Vice President of Marketing at Archibald Candy Corporation in Chicago, Marketing Manager at Conagra Foods in Downers Grove, IL, Brand Manager at Keebler Foods of Elmhurst, IL, and District Manager and Store Manager at Hickory Farms of Ohio.
Ms. Wingert earned her MSM in Marketing from Krannert Graduate School at Purdue University and her BS (Magna Cum Laude) in retail marketing from Kansas State University.