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Dr. William J. (Bill) Katip is president of Grace College & Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. Katip holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University, an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Purdue University and a B.A. in Psychology and Bible from Grace College. Bill will celebrate 44 years of marriage to Debbie Cahill Katip this year. Bill and Debbie are parents to four adult children.

Bill Katip began his career as an instructor and counselor at Grace College, later transitioning to administration. He went on to serve as Associate Dean of Students at Grace and then Dean of Students at Cornerstone University. From there, he was Academic Dean at Western Baptist College and then Vice President for Enrollment Management at Geneva College. Katip served for 10 years as the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Robert Morris University of Pittsburgh before moving back to Indiana in 2007 to become Provost at Grace College. In May of 2013, Katip became the sixth president of Grace College & Seminary.

Bill is an energetic, participatory leader and effective motivator. With experience in nearly all areas of college administration, Bill’s career demonstrates intricate knowledge and know-how throughout the realm of higher education. Bill is a change agent. His four decades of work in student retention research and practice – including a doctoral dissertation – combined with his background in innovative academic program development, oversight and review, has led to strong results as president of Grace College. Since his induction, undergraduate four-year graduation rates have climbed to more than 67% with nearly one-third of Grace students graduating in three years. Enrollment has increased by more than 40% in the last five years with a record 2,333 students in the 2016-17 school year.

During Bill’s time at Grace, three new dorms have been built to accommodate the growing student population; a new soccer stadium and a first-ever track and field complex at Grace College have been constructed; and the new Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex is slated to open in fall of 2018. Since 2017, new academic programs in agribusiness, digital marketing and worship arts have been developed. With a focus on STEM, new bachelor’s degree programs in engineering, chemistry and nursing have begun. A ministry training center in Akron, Ohio, opened in 2017, and Grace Seminary launched Deploy in 2018 – a modern, competency-based theological education model.

Bill’s passion for affordability – making quality, Christian higher education available to as many students as possible – fueled the development of Measure of Grace. This initiative includes the option of a three-year bachelor’s degree in nearly all of the college’s more than 70 majors and a blended four-year bachelor’s and master’s degree program. Tuition is never increased over the course of a student’s undergraduate education. All Grace students receive free textbook rentals, up to a $4,800 savings alone.

Bill is past board chair of Independent Colleges of Indiana. He serves on the Board of Directors of OrthoWorx, Kosciusko Community Foundation and Kosciusko County Economic Development Council. Bill is a proud and active member of Optimist Club.

Contact Dr. Katip

Mailing address:
Office of the President
200 Seminary Drive
Winona Lake, IN 46590

For press inquiries:
Contact Amanda Banks, Director of Public Relations at 260-229-9925 or 574-372-5100 ext. 6125 or

For all other inquiries:
Contact Sarah Prater,  Executive Administrative Assistant to the President at 574-372-5100, ext. 6122. or

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