Learn About the Speakers

President Charles Pollard

Dr. Chip Pollard has been the president of John Brown University since July 2004. He received his undergraduate degree in English from Wheaton College, a law degree from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in English from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. Dr. Pollard came to JBU from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he taught of English teaching primarily world and 20th-century literature. In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Dr. Pollard has also practiced law as a corporate and tax associate for Latham & Watkins in Chicago, Illinois. Under Dr. Pollard’s leadership, the university has completed the Keeping Faith Capital Campaign, receiving over $118 million in gifts. Through the blessings of God and his people, the campaign finished a year earlier than expected and $18 million over its original goal. The gifts to the campaign funded annual operating support, new endowed scholarships and programs, and the construction of several new facilities and the renovation of others. Nearly 70% of JBU’s campus buildings are new or completely renovated in the last 12 years. Dr. Pollard also teaches in the undergraduate program on a regular basis and is a frequent speaker in chapel and other venues. Dr. Pollard currently serves as Chairman on the board of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and also serves on the community board for Arvest Bank in Siloam Springs. He and his wife, Carey, have four children, Chad, Benjamin(deceased), Emma, and James. They are actively involved in First Presbyterian Church of Siloam Springs.

Dr. Rod Reed

Dr. Rod Reed has served as University Chaplain and Dean of Spiritual Formation at Fresno Pacific University in California from 1997-2008 and at John Brown University in Arkansas from 2008-present. He was also the Chair of the Campus Ministries Commission for the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities from 2005-2009, and has conducted assessments of spiritual formation programs at nearly 25 Christian universities across the country. Dr. Reed earned his PhD from the University of Bristol in England, and his research focused on culture of spiritual formation in American higher education. He is also one of the editors and contributors to the book, Building a Cultural of Faith: Campus-wide Partnership for Spiritual Formation (2012).

Mr. Gary Swyers

Gary Swyers is the Senior Program Manager at the Soderquist Center. Gary oversees Renew, a ministry to United Methodist Church clergy and spouses. Gary has served as Associate Pastor in the local church, Assistant Director of Local Church Education (denominational ministry), University Chaplain and Director of the Center for Experiential Learning at Indiana Wesleyan University. His experience also includes: facilitatingfor Prison Fellowship; curriculum development; and teaching at the undergraduate level. Gary earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theology, a Master’s in Ministerial Education, as well as completing 13 hours of post-graduate work in leadership. He alsoholds certifications in Emotional Intelligence, 360 assessment and Birkman assessment.

Dr. Jim Krall

Dr. Jim Krall is Vice President of Advancement, University Communications, and Alumni and Parent Relations at JBU. He has just finished a successful $118 million Capital Campaign at JBU. The campaign finished one year early and was $18 million over the original goal. Campaign components included $42.5 million for new buildings, $43.5 million for annual and endowed scholarships and $32 million for various programs. Dr. Krall has led JBU’s advancement team for 13 years, and the university has been blessed to receive over $200 million during that time. Since 2006 JBU has won six CASE Circle of Excellence awards which are given to a handful of institutions for fundraising performance. In 2011 and 2012, JBU was awarded the highly selective CASE Circle of Excellence Award for sustained excellence in fundraising. In 2012, Dr. Krall was named Fundraising Executive of the Year by the NW AR Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Dr. Kim Hadley

Dr. Hadley is the Vice President for Finance and Administration. She joined JBU in 2004 as the Organizational Management Program Director, after serving as an adjunct instructor for eight years in the adult degree completion program. Since that time, she has also served as a faculty member in the Division of Business, Director of Professional Studies Faculty Development and Learning assessment, and Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee. Licensed by the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy, she is a member of the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants. She earned her BSBA in accounting and MBA from the University of Arkansas, and she holds a Doctorate of Business Administration in Marketing from Anderson University, in Anderson, Indiana. Kim serves on the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) CFO Commission, on which she previously served as chair. She recently completed a three year term on the Small Institution Council for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and she currently serves on the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) Standards Advisory Committee.

Mrs. Carey Pollard

Carey Pollard has been the “first lady” of JBU for ten years. She partners with Chip in a variety of Advancement activities as well as in hosting events in their home, typically over 40 different events a year for 1200-1400 people. She is actively involved in campus life, particularly in chapel, the arts, and athletic events. She also serves on the board of the Manna Center in Siloam Springs, an interchurch organization that provides food and clothing to people in need. She has taught the toddler Sunday school class at First Presbyterian Church for 5 years, and serves on the Christian Education committee. She spent most of the first part of her adult life as homemaker and the mother of four children: James who is 17 and still at home, Emma who is at JBU studying secondary English education, Chad who is married to Anna and lives in Wisconsin, and Ben who passed away in 2011. She and Chip have been married for 30 years.


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