Presidential Cabinet

Steve Beers

Vice President for Student DevelopmentSteve Beers

Dr. Beers has served as the Vice President for Student Development since 1998. He provides leadership and support for the athletic department, facility services and student development. In addition to the athletic teams and the facilities personnel, his staff includes activities, orientation, career development, residence life, Christian formation, health service, counseling, international program, and the Walton International Student program.

Steve completed his doctorate in educational leadership from Ball State University in 1999, a master's in counseling from Wright State University in 1986, and a bachelor's degree in religion and philosophy from Taylor University in 1982. In addition, Dr. Beers has a certificate of advanced biblical studies from Moody Bible Institute (1984).

  Dr. Beers came to JBU after serving in student development roles at Taylor University (IN) and Northwestern University (IA).

In addition to his student development responsibilities, Dr. Beers has taught in the JBU undergraduate and graduate programs.  His published work include "The Soul of the Christian University," "Funding the Future: Preparing University Leaders to Navigate the Coming Change," and "Making A Difference: Empowering the Resident Assistant." He has served as the Chief Student Affairs Commission Chair of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and has been the President of the Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD). 

Dr. Beers and his wife, Jane, a professor in the natural science division at JBU, enjoy spending time outdoors.

Don Crandall

Vice President for Enrollment ManagementDon Crandall

Mr. Crandall has been the Vice President for Enrollment Management since 1993 and is responsible for recruitment, admissions and financial aid for undergraduate students.

Mr. Crandall received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Aurora University.

He came to work for JBU in 1985 as the Director of Enrollment Management. Before coming to JBU, he worked as the assistant director of admissions and the financial aid director for Aurora University.

Mr. Crandall was the board president of the North American Coalition of Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP). He was also named Admissions Officer of the Year by the NACCAP.

Don is a Member of the CCCU Innovative Enrollment and Marketing Commission and is a deacon at First Baptist Church, Siloam Springs.

He and his wife, Sheree, have been married 45 years. They have two children, Amanda and Bryan, as well as two grandchildren, Oliver and Elena.

Ed Ericson

Vice President for Academic AffairsEd Ericson

Dr. Ericson has served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2002. He supervises undergraduate, graduate, and online programs as well as the library, registrar, institutional research, and other academic support functions at the university

He received a Ph.D. in 1996 and master's in history in 1989 from Indiana University and earned his bachelor's degree in history from Calvin College in 1987.

Dr. Ericson came to JBU in 1994 as an instructor of history, specializing in diplomatic and military history, and is known for his use of historical simulations as learning tools. He has since served as Chair of the History/Political Science Department, Chair of the Division of Social and Behavior Studies, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Prior to coming to JBU, he was an instructor of history at Calvin College.

He and his wife Melinda, an area health care provider, have five children, Monica, Matt (deceased), Dalton, Rachel, and Ethan.

Julie Gumm

Chief Marketing & Communications OfficerJulie Gumm

In her role as Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Mrs. Gumm oversees the University Marketing & Communications team and is responsible for the overall marketing strategy of JBU, internal and external communications and university events.

A 1995 journalism graduate of John Brown University, Julie has spent her career working in corporate, public higher education, church and international NGO roles before joining JBU in 2013. Initially, Julie served in a part-time role with admissions in Phoenix, Arizona before joining the UMC staff full-time in 2014 and moving her family to Siloam Springs. She has also served as an adjunct professor in the communications department. 

Julie earned a Master of Science in Design Thinking & Innovation from JBU in 2020 and is an IBM-Certified Design Thinking Co-Creator. Since 2020 she has served as a commissioner for the CCCU Public Relations & Strategic Communications Commission.

Julie is an active member of Community Christian Fellowship where she serves in the children’s ministry and her husband is on staff. Julie and Mark (also a JBU graduate) have four college-age children - Luke, Noah, Beza and Natalie. Julie is the author of an award-winning book on adoption and has been featured on the Dave Ramsey Show.

Kim Hadley, CPA

Vice President for Finance and AdministrationKim Hadley

Dr. Hadley is the Vice President for Finance and Administration. She is responsible for investments, accounting, administrative services, auxiliary operations, information technology management, and the university-owned radio station, KLRC.

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. Prior to joining JBU, she had a career in public accounting and internal audit.

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 has served as the chair of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) CFO Commission. She also 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.

She and her husband Kelly have two children, Savannah and Will.

Jim Krall

Vice President for University AdvancementJim Krall

Dr. Krall has served as Vice President for University Advancement since 2002. He provides leadership for fundraising, alumni and parent relations, and PR and Marketing. He joined the advancement staff in 1996 as Director of Planned Giving and became the Associate Vice President for University Advancement in 1999.

He received his doctorate in leadership studies in education with a higher education concentration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, a master of arts in counseling from Ball State University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Taylor University.

Jim spent nine years in Student Development and was the Dean of Students at King College. He worked in human resources, sales, and was a division manager in business prior to coming to JBU.

He is an active member at Siloam Springs Bible Church where he serves as a Sunday School teacher and elder. He is on the board of New Life Ranch and has previously served on the Siloam Springs Hospital Foundation Board.

He and his wife Pam have three children, Rebekah, Daniel and David. 

Gary OliverGary J. Oliver

Executive Director, Center for Healthy Relationships

Gary J. Oliver is a husband, father, university and seminary professor, psychologist, author, Executive Director of the Center for Healthy Relationships and Professor of Psychology and Practical Theology at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

He received his B.A. from Biola University, an M.Div. from Talbot Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Fuller Theological Seminary, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in both Arkansas and Colorado, as well as a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Dr. Oliver has over 35 years of experience in individual, premarital, marital and family counseling. For several years he worked as a senior psychologist with a group of family practice physicians and for over 12 years he was the founding Clinical Director of a large non-profit counseling center in Littleton, Colorado.

He serves on numerous boards including the Executive Board and the national speaking team of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is the author or co-author of over 20 books as well as over 350 magazine and journal articles.

Dr. Oliver works with church and parachurch ministries, Christian colleges and universities, seminaries, community organizations and corporations, both nationally and internationally, to strengthen relationships through teaching, training, speaking, writing books, popular and professional articles and consulting. He is also a spiritual director and facilitates intensives on Cultivating Emotional & Relational Spirituality.

He has decades of experience in developing, teaching, coaching and consulting in the application of Emotional & Relational Intelligence (ERI) to personal and professional relationships.

Dr. Oliver and his wife Linda live in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Ted Song

Ted SongChief Diversity Officer

Dr. Ted Song has been serving as Chief Diversity Officer since 2021, providing leadership in planning and implementing diversity initiatives that foster cultural and systemic improvements. He joined JBU in 2012 as a professor in electrical engineering and has served as Coordinator of Diversity and Innovation and Chair of Faculty Affairs Committee. He also serves as Chair of the Engineering, Computer Science, and Cybersecurity Departments and is a recipient of the 2012 Texas Exes Teaching Award and the 2018 JBU Faculty Excellence Award.

Dr. Song grew up both in the U.S. and Korea and is a CQ® (cultural intelligence) certified facilitator. He was an ROTC cadet during his undergraduate studies and served as an Air Defense Artillery Officer in the Republic of Korea Army. He received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Outside JBU, he serves as Vice President of Christian Engineering Society and as a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) Diversity and Inclusion Commission.

Dr. Song and his wife, Michelle, live in Siloam Springs and have three daughters. They are members at Siloam Springs Bible Church (an Evangelical Free Church), where Dr. Song leads the College Ministry and serves as an elder.