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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 University President and CEO, Bill Tsutsui. In addition, President Tsutsui 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.
University President and CEO
Professor of History
PhD - History - Princeton University
MLitt - Modern Japanese History - Oxford University, Corpus Christi College
AB - East Asian Studies - Harvard University
Dr. William "Bill" Tsutsui is an award-winning historian, a passionate classroom teacher, and a seasoned academic leader with a record of innovation. Born in New York City and raised in Texas, he holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Princeton. He began his academic career at the University of Kansas, where over 17 years on the faculty, he served as acting director of KU’s Center for East Asian Studies, chair of the Depart-ment of History, founding executive director of the Confucius Institute, and associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. From 2010 to 2014, he was dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. From June 2014 through Decem-ber 2019, he served as president of Hendrix College, a top-tier national liberal arts college founded in 1876 and located in Conway, Arkansas. He is currently the Edwin O. Reischauer Distinguished Visiting Professor at Harvard University.
At the University of Kansas, Bill led the planning and establishment of the Center for Global and Inter-national Studies; coordinated efforts to win $8 million in federal funding for KU’s five area studies cen-ters; and created a range of new programs for study abroad in East Asia, service learning, distance education, and professional development for K-12 teachers. As Dean of Dedman College at SMU, Bill led the development and implementation of Dedman College’s first strategic plan; raised over $25 mil-lion for the college as part of SMU’s Second Century Campaign; oversaw the creation of a new visual identity and marketing plan for the college; and established the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Insti-tute, the Center for Drug Discovery, Design, and Delivery, three new majors, three new minors, two master’s degrees, and a joint Ph.D. in biostatistics with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.
At Hendrix, Bill stressed accessibility and affordability, diversity and inclusion, a commitment to the core values of a residential liberal arts education, and connecting with the college’s United Methodist and Arkansas heritage. Under his leadership, Hendrix gained national attention for initiatives including the Hendrix Arkansas Advantage (which offered scholarships covering full demonstrated financial need to qualified Arkansas high school graduates), the Aspire Scholars (which created partnerships with eight schools and organizations to bring Pell-eligible students to Hendrix), and Career Term (an intensive boot camp in employment-focused skills and mindsets for all sophomores). During his presidency, Hen-drix recruited the most diverse classes in college history and set a record 70% four-year graduation rate. Bill secured three of the five largest individual gifts ever given to Hendrix, including $26 million from the estate of Mary Ann Dawkins and $10.5 million from the Windgate Foundation. Be Hendrix, launched in 2016, surpassed $103 million—the most ever in a Hendrix fundraising campaign—by 2019. Two donor-funded new facilities transformed the core of the Hendrix campus: a 16,000-square-foot welcome center opened in September 2017 and the Miller Creative Quad, a $17-million mixed-use project combining student housing, a museum of art, music facilities, and an auditorium, opened in 2019.
Bill is the author or editor of eight books, including Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters (2004), which was called a “cult classic” by the New York Times. At KU, he received a 2001 Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence, and won the Steeples Faculty Award for service to the people of Kansas. He has served on the NCAA D-III Presidents Council and is currently on the boards of the Association for Asian Studies, the US–Japan Council, and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.
He has been married for 31 years to Dr. Marjorie Swann, a professor of English at Hendrix, and they are caregivers to two cats and a dog. Bill is passionate (and opinionated) about BBQ, and slightly ashamed to be level 40 on Pokémon Go.
Professor of Business Administration and Organizational Development
LLD - Ottawa University
MBA - Double Concentration in Markeing & Organizational Behavior - Harvard Business School
BA - Social Change - 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 - Electrical Engineering - Northeastern University
MS - Electrical Engineering - Northeastern University
BS -Electrical Engineering - 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. - Educational Leadership - Oral Roberts University
M.A. - Education - 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 - Adult Education - Pennsylvania State University
MA - Higher Education Administration - Ball State University
BS - Communication & English - 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.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Craig Kispert came to Ottawa University in December of 2021 following an almost 29-year career at Seattle Pacific University, where he served a Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer for the last eight years there. In that role, he had responsibilities for all financial management and investment functions of the University along with Auxiliary Services, Computer and information Services, Facilities, Human Resources, and Risk Management/Campus Safety/Legal. Prior to moving into the role of CFO, he served in a range of increasing roles throughout the financial operations of Seattle Pacific University.
Mr. Kispert has substantial experience in financial modeling, endowment investing, debt structuring and issuance, budget planning, new program modeling, software system implementation, risk management, business insurance, facility development, and staff development/supervision. In addition to his campus roles, Mr. Kispert also served on the boards of several higher education focused captive insurance entities, various committees for higher education professional associations, and an accreditation evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. He also has been a speaker at a variety of higher education related conferences for higher education chief financial and business officers.
Mr. Kispert earned a BA in Business Administration (Finance major) from Seattle Pacific University, an MBA (Management focus) from Seattle University, and became a Certified Public Account in 1991.
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, Executive Vice President of OU Online, leads the professional and graduate studies division serving online and international students. Wingert is passionate about educating and assisting students primarily interested in studying online as they pursue career and professional aspirations. Collaborating with faculty and staff, she remains interested in sophisticated marketing and enrollment best practices utilized to introduce new degree programs and improve current degree offerings.
Wingert was promoted to EVP in July 2018 with ongoing responsibilities for Adult Professional and Graduate Studies students, as well as marketing efforts. Previously, she had served for two years as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Adult Professional and Graduate Studies, responsible for the leadership and management of the student experience for the Kansas City, Milwaukee, Phoenix adult markets, as well as online-related initiatives.
Joining OU as Chief Marketing Officer in June 2013, she led the development of annual marketing planning and protocols with delivered metrics outlining inquiries and enrollments. The marketing plans by distribution channel featured outputs and outcomes to improve market relevance and results. Under Wingert’s leadership, the marketing team hired a new advertising agency and created a new advertising campaign winning an AMBIT Award given out by the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association. In addition, direct and digital marketing campaigns were introduced and optimized to improve inquiries, applications, and enrollments.
Her arrival at Ottawa University came after serving six years as Chief Marketing Officer at Labelmaster in Chicago, with responsibilities leveraging direct and digital marketing to drive sales growth, which resulted in substantially increased earnings. At Labelmaster, she redesigned a website featuring 40,000 products to accelerate website traffic and results. Prior to that, she served as the Vice President of Marketing at Rest Haven Senior Services in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park. 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, Ill., and Brand Manager at Keebler Foods of Elmhurst, Ill. Her marketing career has included more than 25 years in senior management team generating profitable results.
Wingert earned her Master of Science degree in Management with a Marketing concentration from Krannert Graduate School at Purdue University and her Bachelor of Science (Magna Cum Laude) in retail marketing from Kansas State University. She grew up in Ottawa, graduating from Ottawa High School. In her spare time, Wingert enjoys spending time entertaining, traveling, and biking with family and friends in Kansas City and Chicago.