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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.
Leadership Gift Officer
MEd - Wichita State University
BA - Ottawa University
Nori accepted the position of Leadership gift officer in 2015 after serving Ottawa University in the Adawe LifePlan Center as Director of Corporate Relations for one year and in Advancement Department as Director of Alumni Programs for 5 years. Prior to these endeavors, she was Director of Advertising for The McPherson Sentinel daily newspaper and worked in other business support roles while raising five very busy children with her husband, Dave Hale ’69, in Chicago, IL, and McPherson, KS.
Nori is a 1971 graduate from Ottawa University with a BA in Psychology and was known then as LaNora Schmidt. She later earned an MEd in Counseling from Wichita State University.
BA - Ottawa University
School of Allied Health - University of Kansas
Courtney was a Provost scholar at Ottawa University and graduated with honors in 2005 with a BA in Biology. She continued her education at the University of Kansas Medical Center, School of Allied Health, in diagnostic cardiac sonography. She has worked for the Olathe Medical Center for the past several years.
Courtney is excited to return to Ottawa University and to work with all the amazing alumni that have graduated from OU. In addition to her alumni duties she is looking forward to connecting with current students to help them realize that even after graduation, they have a home at Ottawa University.
Director of the Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality
MDiv & DDiv - Trinity College (UK)
MEd - Capital University (UK)
BA - Marymount College
Chaplain John Holzhüter is an educator and long-time advocate for the needs of disadvantaged youth. He currently serves as the University Chaplain for Ottawa University and leads the Fredrikson Center for Church and Faith Vitality. Since 1999 he has worked as an efficiency and process-improvement consultant for several (federal) government agencies and served on task’s forces for the last three Kansas Governors. He specializes in profit/not-for-profit partnerships and private, state, and federal grant funding and compliance. He has served as a secondary school administrator and as the director of an alternative high school and led large non profit agencies from start-up to national service footprints. In addition to past Chaplaincy roles with the Veteran’s Administration and VVA-Chapter 912, he has served as a ‘WorkForce Development Specialist’ , assisting current and former military personnel, senior citizens and with restorative justice case referrals. A widower, with two grown sons, he lives in Ottawa, Kansas.
Assistant for University Advancement
Emporia State University
Director - Annual Giving, Athletic, and Digital Fundraising
BA - Ottawa University