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Dr. David Spittal

President

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.

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Dr. Mary Jones
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Mary Jones


PhD; Educational Administration, University of Missouri Kansas City
MBA in Management, Rockhurst University
BS; Business Administration, Emporia State University

An innovative and capable leader, Dr. Mary Jones has served as the Provost and Chief Academic officer for MNU since 2013. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, Dr. Jones provides leadership for the academic governance of the colleges and schools, university faculty and the administration and leadership of traditional undergraduate enrollment, marketing and student support systems.

Dr. Jones has had a successful career in higher education. She has held multiple leadership positions as the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Southern Nazarene University, and as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Africa Nazarene University. She has also been a business faculty member at several colleges and universities. Prior to her career in education Dr. Jones was the Vice President and Marketing Director of First Federal Savings and Loan in Kansas City.

During her time at MNU, she has led the institution through the reaccreditation process, and supported various academic schools and programs in their efforts to both expand and secure new content-specific accreditations.

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Dr. Mark Ford
Vice President for Strategic Expansion and Dean of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies

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.

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Jon North
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.


Kristi Keeton
Vice President for Student Development

Kristi Keeton


M.Ed in College Student Affairs, Azusa Pacific University
BA in Social Work, Olivet Nazarene University

Kristi Keeton has served MNU in a variety of roles for nearly 30 years. In her current position she oversees the functions within Student Development, is responsible for all student life programs and campus life activities, and serves as the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

Prior to her administrative role on the President’s Cabinet, Keeton held a variety of positions within Student Development, including Resident Educator and Dean of Residential Life.

She and her husband reside in Olathe. They have two grown children.


Darrel Anderson
Vice President for Finance

Darrel Anderson

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.




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Olathe, KS 66062-1899
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