2018 Aspiring Campus Leaders Announced



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | February 27th, 2018 - The Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) proudly announced the selection of twenty Kansas college faculty members who have been identified as the future leaders of Kansas higher education. Together they will comprise the second class of participants in KICA’s Aspiring Campus Leaders Academy. 

The Academy is the outgrowth of several years of conversation about the lack of high quality training opportunities targeted for those in academics, not administration, at smaller, private colleges like ours. We developed the KICA Aspiring Campus Leaders Academy to fill the void. For this work, we partner with Credo Higher Ed. Credo programming is responsible for countless leadership success stories, including this academy, which is now a model for several other states. In addition to the content that Credo will be providing, KICA will be coordinating and presenting over a dozen supplemental learning opportunities focused “tactical” tools like budgeting, governance, data trends, hiring, faculty evaluation tools, and more.

“At Kansas’ independent colleges, we know that our most important job by far is to provide a vibrant, relevant, high-quality education to each and every student that enters our doors. To invest in the future leadership of our member institutions is to invest in their students, and our communities as a whole.” says Matt Lindsey, President of KICA, in preparation for next week’s kick off.

Please congratulate and honor the 2018 class of the KICA Aspiring Campus Leaders Academy:

Benedictine College: Dr. Bill Buron, Director of Nursing

Bethany College: Eleanor Heimbaugh, Assistant Professor of Art

Bethany College: Dr. Gretchen Norland, Education Department Chair

Bethel College: Dr. Rachel Messer, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Central Christian College of Kansas: Cathy Brown, Chair of the Education Department

Donnelly College: Lisa Stoothoff, Director of the Developmental Education Program

Friends University: Dr. Susan Dutcher, Program Director for the MS in Marriage & Family Therapy

Hesston College: Amy Birdsell, Department Chair of Aviation

Hesston College: Heidi Hochstetler, Director of the ACCESS Library

Kansas Wesleyan University: Dr. Andrew Bedrous, Chair of the Behavioral Sciences and Human Services Department

Manhattan Christian College: Dr. Brian Medaris, Director of the Christian Service Program

MidAmerica Nazarene University: Mr. Jacob Lett, Assistant Professor of Theology

MidAmerica Nazarene University: Dr. Abby Hodges, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Newman University: Dr. Ryan Huschka, Professor of Chemistry

Ottawa University: Dr. Steve Boese, Lead Faculty for the Biology Program

Ottawa University: Dr. Andy Hazucha, Lead Faculty for the English Major

Southwestern College: Dr. Tamara J. McEwen, Associate Professor of Biology

Sterling College: Dr. Jonathan Conard, Department Chair of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Sterling College: Dr. Daniel Julich, Honors Program Director & Department Chair for Social Sciences

University of St. Mary: Dr. Gwen Landever, Chair of the Education Programs

The academy will kick off with a two-day training in May in Lawrence, KS. The Academy is sponsored in part by IMA, Inc., EMPOWER Student Information Systems, and Spelman Johnson.


Located in Topeka, the Kansas Independent College Association develops and enhances the competitive standing of its 19 member independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities and strives to assure opportunity and choice in higher education for all students. KICA was founded in 1976 and is a 501 (c) (4) not-for-profit Kansas corporation. For more information on the Aspiring Campus Leader Academy or KICA, please contact Jesyca Hope at 785-235-9877 or jesyca@kscolleges.org.