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Our Leadership

At Grace College & Seminary, the senior leadership desires to represent Christ through the way they lead, teach and live their daily lives. Their goal is to honor the Lord through engaging change, pursuing expansion and developing momentum as Grace seeks to provide the best education and environment for every student. The senior leadership team is devoted to bringing glory to God through its commitment to serve, love and support the entire Grace family.


President William J. Katip, Ph.D.

William J. Katip, Ph.D.

President

B.A. in Bible and Psychology, Grace College; M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Purdue University; Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Michigan State University Dr. Bill Katip’s four decades of work in academic administration have led to strong outcomes at Grace College and Seminary since his induction as president in 2013. Starting with a focus on relationships – with faculty, staff, students and community members – Dr. Katip’s presidency has been marked by synergy and results. Bold, innovative strategies to make excellent, Christ-centered education affordable and attainable have led to record-breaking retention and graduation rates as well as the largest undergraduate and total student body populations in Grace history in 2016.

Drew Flamm Executive Vice President

Drew R. Flamm, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President

B.A. in Comprehensive Communications, Cedarville University; M.A. in Organizational Communications and Leadership, Gonzaga University, Ph.D in Educational Leadership, Indiana State University. Dr. Flamm leads all aspects of institutional advancement, marketing, public relations, undergraduate and graduate enrollment, and strategic planning. He also oversees two academic research centers: the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams and the Center for Agricultural Sustainability. Flamm has over a decade of leadership and fundraising experience, having served at multiple Christian colleges. He also teaches in the Master of Nonprofit Management program.

Doug Baumgardner Vice President of Financial Affairs / Chief Financial Officer

Doug Baumgardner, M.B.A.

Vice President of Financial Affairs / Chief Financial Officer

B.S. in Mathematics and Management of Information Technology, Grace College & Seminary; Master of Business Administration, Indiana University, Executive Leadership Certificate, University of Wisconsin. Doug is the Chief Financial Officer and oversees all aspects of the institution's financial affairs including financial reporting, budget management, capital planning, forecasting & modeling, and banking & investments. Doug has nearly two decades of leadership and financial experience, having served in leadership positions at multiple Banks and private companies.

Student Affairs at Grace College is her to help students grow spiritually, emotionally, and academically; to create Christian community.

Aaron T. Crabtree, M.A.

Vice President, Dean of Student Affairs

B.S. in Communications and Biblical Studies, Grace College; M. A. in Global Leadership, Fuller Theological Seminary. Aaron Crabtree serves as the chief student development officer at Grace, overseeing the Student Affairs Department, which includes Residence Life, Student Leadership and Involvement, Diversity and Inclusion, Chapel, Campus Ministries, Career Connections, Health and Counseling, and Student Recreation. He also provides leadership in our First-Year Experience initiatives, is a lead faculty in the Freshman Foundations course and also teaches Global Perspectives. Aaron has a passion for organizational leadership and faith development and coordinates student leadership training at Grace both inside and outside the classroom.

Laurinda A. Owen, Ph.D. Vice President of Academic Affairs

Laurinda A. Owen, Ph.D.

Vice President of Academic Affairs

B.S. in Elementary Education, Eastern Illinois University; M.A. in Education, Ball State University; Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education, Walden University. Dr. Laurie Owens oversees all of the policies and programs for undergraduate and graduate academics. She serves as the director and coordinator of the work, assessment, and development in these areas. She also provides an overarching vision for academic personnel.

Carrie A. Yocum, Ph.D. Vice President of Administration and Compliance

Carrie A. Yocum, Ph.D.

Vice President of Administration and Compliance

B.S. in Social Work, Manchester College; M.S.W., Andrews University; Ph.D. in Leadership, Andrews University Before beginning her tenure as a Grace faculty member in 1997, Dr. Yocum worked as a social worker in community mental health. She assists in the overall administration of the institution with a focus on campus-wide compliance, and campus safety. Dr. Yocum also serves as the Title IX Coordinator related to nondiscrimination and equity, and serves as the Chief of Staff, assisting the president on executive duties, special projects, and initiatives to carry out the institution’s mission.