Dr. David Spittal
EdD; Educational Administration (Higher Education/Public Relations), Ball State University
MSE; Music, Ball State University
BS; Music & Art Education, Ball State University
Dr. David Spittal has been the president of MidAmerica Nazarene University since 2012. Under his leadership, the university is striving to reach the next level of God-honoring excellence.
Prior to coming to MNU, Dr. Spittal served as president of Southern Wesleyan University in Central, S.C., from 1994 to 2011. During his 17-year tenure, the university experienced historic growth and expanded to five campuses and learning centers. His work led SWU to strengthen and build relationships with the local and regional community.
An influential member of the local community, Dr. Spittal serves on various councils and boards including the Council of Advisors of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Trustees for the Kansas Independent College Association and Kansas Independent College Fund. He is a member of the USA/Canada Council of Education of the Church of the Nazarene.
He and his wife Donna have two grown sons and six grandchildren.
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Nancy Damron
PhD; Curriculum and Instruction, 2005, University of Kansas
MEd; Education, 1998, MidAmerica Nazarene University
BA; Secondary Education – Social Studies, 1995, MidAmerica Nazarene University
Dr. Damron began her career teaching social studies at Blue Valley North High School, Blue Valley West High School and later as District Coordinating Teacher for Social Studies and Diversity Programs.
In 2017 she was recognized at MNU as Administrator of the Year having gained numerous awards and honors throughout her career including Blue Valley North High School Teacher of the Year in 1999. Dr. Damron is active professionally and has served as a consultant and presenter for many professional organizations and schools.
Dr. Damron is an alumnus of MNU with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education – Social Studies and a Master of Arts in Education from the university. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas.
Vice President for Strategic Expansion
Dr. Mark Ford
EdD; Higher Education Management, 2011, University of Pennsylvania
JD; 1990, University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law
MBA; 1997, University of Kansas
BA; Accounting and Business Administration, 1987, MidAmerica Nazarene University
Since 1990, Dr. Mark Ford has served MidAmerica in a variety of ways and used his background and experience to help the institution launch new programs and grow revenue. From 1990 to 1997, he taught traditional Accounting and Business students. Then, he chaired the Business Division for ten years before becoming Associate Academic Vice President where he guided the institution through regional accreditation and had responsibility for a broad array of curriculum and instruction, academic support service, institutional effectiveness, and legal compliance functions. Today, he is a member of the senior administrative team and leads strategic expansion of professional, graduate, and online programs and operations at MNU. He also serves as the Dean of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies.
"MNU has played a vital role in my life," Dr. Ford says. "It is the place where as a student I gained academic confidence, where my faith in God matured and deepened, and where I made enduring friendships. I am honored to give back to MNU and its mission to transform lives." He and his wife, Christine (Morrow) '89, live in Original Town Olathe and are the parents of two teenage children: Rachel and Olivia.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Dr. Jon North
EdD; Ethical Leadership, Olivet Nazarene University
MBA; MidAmerica Nazarene University
BA in International Development, MidAmerica Nazarene University
Dr. Jon North serves as the Vice President for University Advancement for MidAmerica Nazarene University and as the Executive Director of the MNU Foundation. Prior to joining MNU, Dr. North had a 17-year career at Heart to Heart International, a globally recognized international humanitarian and disaster relief agency. Under Dr. North’s leadership, Heart to Heart expanded its relief work around the world and was named to Forbes magazine’s “America’s Top 200 Charities List.” As an active member of the Kansas City community, Dr. North serves on various non-profit and community boards.
A long-time supporter of the university, Dr. North is also an MNU alum. He and his wife Faith met while attending MNU. They have four children.
Vice President for Finance
Master of Accountancy, University of Missouri
BA in Business Administration, MidAmerica Nazarene University
Darrel Anderson brings a wealth of strategic finance, budget development and cash flow management to his role as MNU’s Vice President for Finance. Anderson has more than 30 years of public and private experience. He has held the CFO position at a variety of companies, including his position as the CFO for the State of Indiana’s Department of Revenue. Anderson’s interest in finance began at MNU, where he earned his undergraduate degree in business administration.
He and his wife reside in Olathe.