One Thousand Days Transformed - The Campaign for Cedarville

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by Mark D. Weinstein, Executive Director of Public Relations

The Cedarville University Board of Trustees met January 26-27, 2023, amid a season of unparalleled enrollment growth and record fundraising. New academic programs are also on the horizon that will continue to attract Christian graduate students seeking a high-quality, biblically faithful degree. 

At the January meeting, university leaders celebrated a positive report of the $125 million One Thousand Days Transformed: The Campaign for Cedarville; approved the budget for the 2023-24 academic year, and affirmed new faculty hires and tenure and promotions. 

The university’s fundraising campaign, which was publicly launched in October 2021, has already received financial commitments of $121 million toward the $125 million goal.  

Currently, construction of the 65,700-square-foot Scharnberg Business Center is underway, and fall 2024 is still the expected completion date. The center will be home to the Robert W. Plaster School of Business, and it will be the hub of the university’s business, cybersecurity, free enterprise, and communication programs. 

2023-24 Budget 

Cedarville’s approved budget of $119.7 million is a 7.7% increase from the previous year’s budget. Tuition for undergraduate students will increase 4% to $35,878. 

The trustees also approved a $198 per year increase for students living in a residence hall and a $190 boost in food charges. The 2023-24 cost for food and housing will be $9,094, a 7.6% increase, which remains one of the lowest food and housing rates among Ohio’s colleges and universities. According to the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the average food and housing charges increased 27.1% in 2022 to $12,401. 

Faculty Hires 

The board approved the hiring of two new faculty members:

Lindsey Howell, M.A., assistant professor of accounting. Howell earned a master’s degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Cedarville University. Prior to joining Cedarville’s faculty, she was a senior tax manager at Comer, Nowling & Associates in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Jared Pincin, Ph.D., associate professor of economics. Pincin earned a master’s degree in economics from Auburn University and a doctoral degree in economics from West Virginia University. His bachelor’s degree is in economics from American University. Prior to joining the Cedarville faculty, he was an associate professor of economics at The King’s College in New York, New York.  


The following faculty members were granted tenure: 

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

• Danielle Fredette, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical engineering 

• J. Michael McKay, Ph.D., assistant professor of biblical theology  

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

• Felisha Younkin, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology 

• Nina Sekerak, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry 

The following faculty members were granted promotion: 

• Matthew Bennett, Ph.D., to associate professor of missions and theology 

• John Delano, Ph.D., to professor of information technology 

• Thaddeus Franz, Pharm.D., RPh, to professor of pharmacy practice 

• Danielle Fredette, to associate professor of electrical engineering 

• Nathan Hnatiuk, Ph.D., to professor of chemistry 

• Chu-Yu Huang, Ph.D., RN, to professor of nursing 

• J. Michael McKay, Ph.D., to associate professor of biblical theology 

• Roger O’Neel, Ph.D., to professor of worship 

• Brenda Pahl, Pharm.D., RPh, to associate professor of pharmacy practice 

• Kaleb Pauley, Ph.D., to professor of biology 

• David Peters, Pharm.D, RPh, to associate professor of pharmacy practice 

• Beth Porter, M.A., to professor of vocal music 

• Bethany Sibbitt, Pharm.D., RPh, to associate professor of pharmacy practice 

• Lisa Smithers, M.S.N., RN, to associate professor of nursing 

• Mark Spencer, D.M.A., to professor of music 

• Susan Troth, M.M., to associate professor of worship 

The following faculty members were granted emeriti status: 

• Robert Parr, Ph.D., senior professor of sociology. Dr. Parr has taught at Cedarville University since 1980. 

• Mark Spencer, D.M.A., professor of music. Dr. Spencer has taught at Cedarville University since 1993. 

• D. Jeffrey Shortt, Ph.D., professor of electrical engineering. Dr. Shortt has taught at Cedarville University since 1996. 

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 5,082 undergraduate, graduate, and dual-enrolled high school 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, high graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and the #No. 4 national ranking by the Wall Street Journal for student engagement. For more information about the University, visit

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