Our Leadership

Senior 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.

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William J. Katip, Ph.D.


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.

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Ronald E. Manahan, Th.D.

Senior Advisor to the President

Diploma in Pastoral Studies, Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music; B.A. in Religion, Shelton College; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; Th.M. in Old Testament and Hebrew, Grace Theological Seminary; Th.D. in Old Testament and Hebrew, Grace Theological Seminary

In his role as senior advisor to the president, Dr. Manahan assists in program development and community relations. As former president of Grace College and Seminary from 1993-2013, Dr. Manahan advanced the institution through the development of many new programs, increased enrollment and the construction of additional facilities. Among his most notable accomplishments was the development of connections in the local Warsaw and Winona Lake community and the expansion of global outreach.

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Paul G. Blair, M.B.A.

V.P. of Financial Affairs

B.S. in Business, Eastern Illinois University; M.B.A., Eastern Illinois University

Paul Blair is responsible for the financial condition and integrity of the institution by overseeing its operating and capital budgets, revenues and expenditures, debt, business plans and forecasts and by assuming a strategic role in the overall financial management and improvement initiatives of the institution. In addition, Blair oversees building facilities and grounds, food service, capital projects, contracts, insurance and special events. With more than two decades of Fortune 500 company experience, Blair has expertise in investor relations, strategic planning, business development and financial reporting. In the past, he has served as vice president of investor relations at Zimmer Holdings, vice president of strategic planning and development at Owens & Minor (Richmond, VA) and director of investor relations at Bindley Western Industries.

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Drew R. Flamm, M.A.

V.P. for Advancement

B.A. in Comprehensive Communications, Cedarville University; M.A. in Organizational Communications and Leadership, Gonzaga University

Drew Flamm, Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), leads all aspects of institutional advancement including alumni and donor engagement, public relations, community relations, planned giving and the Grace Fund. Flamm has over a decade of leadership and fundraising experience, having served in advancement at multiple Christian colleges. He also teaches in the Master of Nonprofit Management program.

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John Lillis, Ph.D.


B.S., University of Kentucky; M.S., Air Force Institute of Technology; M.Div., Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary; Ph.D., Michigan State University

Dr. John Lillis’ extensive experience in Christian higher education has included teaching, overseas missions and leadership. During his career, he has taught physics, educational ministries and spiritual formation. He was the founder and dean of the Asia Biblical Theological Seminary while living in Thailand and the Philippines; the provost/executive vice president of Cornerstone University; and, most recently, the executive officer/dean of Bethel Seminary in San Diego. In addition to teaching and his academic administrative work, Lillis has served as a pastor in the United States and abroad. He also served as a major in the Michigan Air National Guard and as a captain in the United States Air Force as a nuclear research officer.

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Cindy N. Sisson, M.A.

V.P. of Enrollment Management and Marketing

B.A. in Psychology and Christian Ministries, Grace College; M.A. in Counseling, Western Michigan University

Cindy Sisson provides leadership for all the institution’s enrollment strategies by executing all admissions and retention policies, programs and services. Sisson establishes and directs all recruitment and admissions activities for residential and online programs, aligning them with the institution’s mission and values. Additionally, she oversees all financial aid and marketing services for Grace College and Seminary. Sisson also teaches in the Department of Behavioral Science and in the GOAL degree completion program.

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Carrie A. Yocum, Ph.D.

V.P. of Administration and Compliance

B.S. in Social Work, Manchester College; M.S.W., Andrews University; Ph.D. in Leadership, Andrews University

Dr. Carrie Yocum assists in the overall academic administration of the institution with a focus on compliance, campus safety, technology and human resources. Dr. Yocum also serves as the Title IX Coordinator and the Chief of Staff, assisting the president on executive duties, special projects and initiatives to carry out the institution’s mission.

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Aaron T. Crabtree, M.A.

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, 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.

Jermaine Chaney

Special Advisor to the President for Minority Student Affairs


Jermaine works closely with the president on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contributes to the institution’s diversity committee.  He also serves Grace students from underrepresented populations, specifically by advising the Black Student Association (BSA).


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