One Thousand Days Transformed - The Campaign for Cedarville

by Abby Totten, Student Public Relations Writer

More than 80 Cedarville University faculty and staff members were honored on Friday, Aug. 12, for their years of service to the university. Linda Divan

Linda Divan, serving as the library systems coordinator, and Paul Ware, groundskeeper, were recognized for 45 years of service. Divan, originally from Toledo, Ohio, came to the Miami Valley for a teaching position at Xenia Christian — now, Legacy Christian. After one year of teaching, she pursued an open position within Cedarville University’s library. Many aspects of Cedarville have changed since Divan joined the staff in 1977. Buildings, the number of students and leadership have all made transitions, while other things at Cedarville have remained the same.

“The mission of Cedarville has stayed the same during my tenure here,” said Divan. “The library family has stayed the same, and it is the best place to work on campus.”

One aspect of working at Cedarville that encourages Divan is the family approach to work and life. She recalled the incredible support she received when her dad passed away in 1999.

“When most of the library staff came to the funeral,” said Divan, “It showed me that my colleagues care for me, both personally and professionally.”

The university is a special place to work for Jeff Cunningham, utility administrator, and Jim Leightenheimer, associate professor of communication, who have both served in their roles at Cedarville for 40 years.

“I love this place and its people,” said Leightenheimer. “God has allowed me to serve, to grow and to develop relationships with students and colleagues that are truly special. Cedarville is truly a wonderful place to work.”

Other award recipients include:

30 years:

Robert Bielek, CAD technician

Scott Huck, university photographer

Alan McCain, director of networking

Anne Rich, M.S., professor of accounting

Bert Wheeler, Ph.D., professor of economics

Lawrence Zavodney, Ph.D., senior professor of mechanical engineering


25 years:

Kim Ahlgrim, M.S., director of The Cove

Karen Calvert, administrative assistant, academic division

Darrin Frey, Ph.D., professor of mathematics

Heather Kuruvilla, Ph.D., professor of biology

Beth Porter, M.A., chair of the department of music and worship

John Wambold, assistant director for production services 


20 years:

Marc Clauson, Ph.D., professor of history and law

John Davis, director of academic human resource services

Alan Geist, Ph.D., athletic director

Derrick Green, M.A., chair of the department of communication

Roger O’Neel, Ph.D., assistant chair of worship

Bruce Traeger, director of church relations

Tim Tuinstra, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical engineering

Otis Wright, Ph.D., professor of mathematics


15 years:

Melissa Burns, M.D., assistant professor of biology

Scott Crosby, computer technician

Jeff Gates, M.L.I.S., information services librarian and assistant professor of library science

Mark Gathany, Ph.D., associate professor of biology

Sarah Gilchrist, M.S., assistant professor of mathematics

Scott Van Loo, Ph.D., vice president for enrollment management

Rich Williams, audio-video specialist

Tara Winter, coordinator of testing, licensure and accreditation


10 years:

Lisa Battaglia, supervisor of security access control

Nathanael Biggs, network analyst

Nicholas Carrington, Ph.D., assistant professor of professional writing

Glen Duerr, Ph.D., assistant professor of international studies

Marty Eng, Pharm.D., R.Ph., associate professor of pharmacy practice

Thad Franz, Pharm.D., R.Ph., vice chair of experiential programs and assistant professor of pharmacy practice

Seth Hamman, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science

Valerie Harmon, office manager library services

Geoff Holloway, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry

Denise Jean-Louis, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences

Kim Jenerette, executive director of financial aid

Sharon Kerestes, M.E., curriculum materials center librarian and assistant professor of library science

Loren Kuhn, event manager

David Leitch, J.D., assistant professor of special education

Brad Pauley, health sciences laboratory technician

George Qin, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering

Brenda Reid, coordinator of international student services

Loren Reno, M.S., professor of management and special advisor to the president

Thomas Rice, M.E., assistant professor of geology

Elizabeth Sled, Ph.D., assistant professor of kinesiology

Chris Sohn, M.B.A., vice president for business and chief financial officer

Dedra Wrigglesworth, manager of facilities services


5 years:

Brianna Ackerman, Maddox Hall resident director

Matthew Bennett, Ph.D., assistant professor of missions and theology

Stephen Buetell, director of dual enrollment

Jennifer Cochran, director of academic human resource services

Sarah Compton, M.S.N., R.N., assistant professor of nursing

Micah Cooper, associate vice president for technology and chief information officer

Sharon Cooper, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology

Stephen Eldridge, project manager

Danielle Fredette, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering

Seth Gillespie, graphic designer

Albert Grunewald, associate vice president for advancement

Andrew Harris, Ph.D., associate professor of communication

Chet Jenkins, D.M.A, assistant professor of music

Jacob Kitchens, West Hall resident director

Robert McDole, director of the center for teaching and learning

Michael McKay, Ph.D., director of online graduate programs and assistant professor of biblical theology

David Peters, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice

Merideth Pitts, Ph.D., assistant professor of linguistics

jason Schell, student accounts specialist

Paul Schloemer, Ph.D., professor of accounting

Kirsten Setzkorn, M.L.I.S., humanities librarian and assistant professor of library science

Melinda Stinger, transcript and verification assistant

Hope Strayer, associate director of recruitment

John Tarwater, Ph.D., associate professor of finance

Marcia Williams, M.S.N., F.N.P.-C., assistant professor of nursing

Jennifer Wingerter, M.A. assistant professor of professional writing

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 5,082 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 175 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is one of the largest private universities in Ohio, recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit

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