Leadership: Board of Trustees &
Cabinet

Board of Trustees

Friends University Board of Trustees 2022

The Friends University Board of Trustees is vested with ultimate authority for the general, academic and financial policy-making functions for Friends University. Trustees are responsible for the University’s financial health and welfare and exercise their institutional authority in a fiduciary capacity. The board is responsible for selecting the president, reviewing and approving major changes to academic programs, and determining institutional policies bearing on faculty appointment, tenure and promotion.

Trustees are responsible for monitoring the financial condition of the University, ensuring that appropriate policies and procedures are in place and functioning for the institution’s assets, investments, and physical plants. As such, the board approves the annual budget, including tuition and fees. Through its bylaws, the Board of Trustees is responsible for other fiduciary duties and works closely with the president, who is charged with the day-to-day administration of the university.

Dr. Thayne Thompson, chair of the Friends University Board of Trustees, welcomes your questions or comments. Contact boardchairfriendsu@gmail.com or 316-295-5888.

Executive Committee

Thayne Thompson

Dr. Thayne Thompson, Chair

  • Business Owner
  • Lead Superintendent
  • Evangelical Friends Church Mid-America
John Lewis

Dr. John Lewis, Vice-Chair

  • Family Physician
  • Via Christi Clinic Northeast
Bob Casper

Mr. Bob Casper, Treasurer

  • President and CEO
  • POET Ethanol Products
Mrs. Lynn Ghormley

Mrs. Lynn Ghormley, Secretary

  • Retired Music Educator
Mr. Jeff Ramsey

Mr. Jeff Ramsey

  • President & CEO
  • Flint Hills Resources
Paul Moore, Vice Chair

Mr. Paul Moore

  • Senior Portfolio Manager
  • INTRUST Bank
Mr. Kevin Henderson

Mr. Kevin Henderson

  • Paper Broker
  • National Fiber Supply Co.
Mr. Jim Nagy

Mr. Jim Nagy

  • Executive Vice President and Global Chief Human Resources Officer
  • GM Financial
Mr. Jim Nagy

Dr. Kent Walkemeyer

  • Associate Professor, Azusa Pacific Seminary and School of Theology
    Director, Friends Center

Members-at-large

  • Mr. Gil Alvarez
  • Mr. Craig Bay
  • Mrs. Vickie Young Beam
  • Mr. Brent Edmisten
  • Mrs. Jana McDaniel
  • Mr. Alex Melugin
  • Mrs. Regina Miller
  • Mrs. Renae Ryan
  • Mr. Matt Shepherd

Friends University Cabinet

Current Friends’ Cabinet members include: Dr. Amy Bragg Carey, President; Brie Boulanger, Vice President of University Advancement and Marketing; Dr. Guy Chmieleski, Vice President of Student Affairs, Campus Pastor and Dean of Campus Ministries; Vernon Dolezal, Vice President of Finance; Andy Johnson, Vice President of Enrollment Management; Danita Mason, Senior Director Human Resources; Rob Ramseyer, Vice President for Athletics and Strategic Expansion; Dr. Kenneth Stoltzfus, Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty

Dr. Amy Bragg Carey

Dr. Amy Bragg Carey

  • President
  • President’s Office
Brie Boulanger

Brie Boulanger

  • Vice President of University Advancement and Marketing
  • University Advancement
Dr. Guy Chmieleski

Dr. Guy Chmieleski

  • Vice President of Student Affairs, Campus Pastor, Dean of Campus Ministries
  • President’s Office
Vernon Dolezal

Vernon Dolezal

  • Vice President of Finance and Administration
  • Finance
Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson

  • Vice President of Enrollment Management
  • Enrollment Management
Rob Ramseyer

Rob Ramseyer

  • Vice President of Athletics and Strategic Expansion
  • President’s Office
Dr. Kenneth Stoltzfus

Dr. Kenneth Stoltzfus

  • Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty
  • Academic Affairs

Danita Mason

  • Senior Director of HR
  • Administration

Friends University Cabinet Council

Current Friends’ Cabinet Council members include: Case Bell, Director of Inclusion & International Students; Rachel Millard, Senior Director of Marketing; Dr. Preston Todd, Associate Academic Dean; Dr. Brent Yoder, Associate Academic Dean

Case Bell

  • Director of Inclusion & International Students
  • President’s Office
Rachel Millard

Rachel Millard

  • Senior Director of Marketing
  • University Advancement
Preston Todd

Dr. Preston Todd

  • Associate Academic Dean
  • Academic Affairs
Dr. Brent Yoder

Dr. Brent Yoder

  • Associate Academic Dean
  • Academic Affairs