President's Cabinet

The President's Cabinet is a seven-person team that works to advise the president on the strategic direction of JBU and help plan and implement major initiatives and policies.

Steve Beers

Vice President for Student Development

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.

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. 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 currently serves as a Senior Fellow of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), he has served as the Chief Student Affairs Commission Chair of 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.

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Don Crandall

Vice President for Enrollment Management

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 three grandchildren, Oliver,  Elena and Levitt.

 

Ed Ericson

Vice President for Academic Affairs

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.

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Julie Gumm

Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

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 also teaches communications and public relations classes in the undergraduate program. 

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 as part of the women's ministry board, and her husband is on staff. Julie and Mark (also a JBU alumni) have four adult children - Luke, Noah, Beza and Natalie - and a Goldendoodle named Buddy. 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 and Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Hadley is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She provides leadership for accounting, administrative services, auxiliary operations, graduate and online enrollment, human resources, information technology services, investments, university marketing and communications, and the university-owned radio station, KLRC.

Kim previously served JBU for thirteen years as Vice President for Finance & Administration. However, she originally joined JBU fulltime in 2004 as the Organizational Management Program Director in the adult degree completion program, after having first served as an adjunct instructor in that program, along with having a career in public accounting and internal audit. She also served JBU as Director of Professional Studies Faculty Development and Learning Assessment and Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee.

Kim holds a DBA in marketing from Anderson University, in Anderson, Indiana, and earned her BSBA in accounting and MBA from the University of Arkansas. Licensed by the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy, she is a member of the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants. Kim was named the Arkansas Business 2020 Education CFO of the Year.

Kim currently serves as vice-chair of the Small Institution Committee for the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers (SACUBO) and previously served on the Small Institution Committee for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). She also serves on the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) CFO Commission, after having served two terms as chair, and she serves on the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) Standards Advisory Committee.

Kim and her husband Kelly are active members of Lost Bridge Community Church, and they have three adult children, including one son-in-law. Kim also serves on the board for the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas.

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Jim Krall

Vice President for University Advancement

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. 

Ted Song

Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Ted Song has been serving as Chief Diversity Officer since 2021. He oversees the Office of Diversity and provides 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 the 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. He is currently pursuing a Master of Studies in Law degree at Samford University, focusing on Higher Education Law and Compliance.

Outside JBU, Dr. Song serves as Vice President of the Christian Engineering Society and Chair of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) Diversity and Inclusion Commission. In addition, he serves as a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and on the Board of Lifewater International.

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.

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