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DR. LILLIAN SCHUMACHER
FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT
Inaugurated November 2016
Ed.D., IN LEADERSHIP STUDIES
MA, Organization Development and Higher Education Administration
A STUDENT OF THE WORLD
Grew up living and studying in the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Greece and Cyprus
Loves to chat through Bitmoji
Allen has been at the forefront of continuing the growth of the department in Division II and the GLIAC. Under his direction, the program has made many positive additions, such as the development of the Heminger Center, a 3.5 acre indoor practice and recreation center that also includes an indoor track and field complex, along with new facilities for the golf and wrestling programs. Coming in 2017, the newest addition to the Tiffin University Athletic Department will be the state-of-the-art esports facility. The 4,000 square foot facility will be the largest esports arena in the nation
Allen has been instrumental in improving all of Tiffin’s facilities across the board. Amongst the changes are: upgrades to the baseball facility include new offices and lounge area above the home dugout, a brand new clubhouse attached to the home dugout, stadium seating behind home plate, and a fully functioning press box; additions to the soccer facility at the Paradiso Athletic Complex, including stadium seating, a fence enclosing the facility, press box, and dugouts for the home and opposing team; softball facility improvements including the addition of a press box, stadium seating, brand new backstop, and the recent addition of batting cages.
In addition to the various playing facilities, Allen has enhanced the Hanson Physical Fitness Center with the remodeling of the weight room, addition of a cardio room, and the addition of an athletic training facility that provides convenient care for all Tiffin University student athletes.
Lonny Allen left his mark on the Tiffin University tennis program as well with the resurfacing of the courts, addition of stadium seating, aesthetic changes that both brighten and modernize the facility, and storage areas for equipment.
With Allen at the helm, Tiffin University was instrumental in the additions that have taken place at Frost-Kalnow Stadium, the home of Tiffin University’s football and women's lacrosse teams. Two of the newest additions include new field turf and a video board.
The Gillmor Student Center and Old Fort Bank Court, where the Dragon basketball and volleyball teams play their home events, has also benefited from Allen's drive to improve all athletic venues. Recent upgrades include new scoreboards, court resurfacing, the remodeling of both player and officials locker rooms, remodeling of coaches offices, construction of storage space, and the addition of a concession area.
In addition, Allen has overseen the addition of four new varsity sports (women's lacrosse, wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming and diving), along with helping develop new athletic offices as part of the Heminger Center, expanding the size of the weight room, and upgrading the training facilities for the betterment of TU's athletes.
Allen coached the Dragons baseball squad for 21 seasons before stepping aside after the 2012 season. Counting his days as a student-athlete for the Dragons, he had been associated with the program for 27 years. He accumulated 444 career victories on the diamond.
Coach Allen is a 1992 graduate of Tiffin University with a degree in Sports Management. He has a Master's degree in Sports Administration from Bowling Green State University.
Coach Allen hails from Kermit, Texas. He graduated from Kermit High School and then played baseball at Hill Junior College in Texas before finishing his career at TU. He, his wife Julie, and daughters Macy, Brooke, and Zoey live in Tiffin.
Mitchell P. Blonde, a certified fundraising executive (CFRE), served 10 years as vice president of institutional advancement for Siena Heights University, a Catholic liberal arts institution located in Adrian, Mich. He has nearly two decades of experience in higher education and has spent the past 12 years in leadership positions.
A native of Michigan, Blonde earned degrees from Adrian College and Siena Heights University. His development career began at Adrian College while serving as director of annual giving and later transitioned to major gift officer at Bowling Green State University. He was named executive director of the Jackson Community College Foundation in 2005 and has taught at Central Michigan University, Baker College of Port Huron, Adrian College and Siena Heights University.
Blonde has served on numerous non-profit boards and committees. Currently, he serves on the board of the Toledo Area Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and is a Trustee for the Four County Community Foundation.
He enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing and travelling in his free time. He and his wife, Dawn, have two children.
As Vice President for Finance and Administration, Frank serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), reporting directly to the President. Frank has oversite of the business office, facilities, human resources, campus safety & security, mail center, health center and auxiliary services. She previously served as Tiffin University’s Senior Financial Analyst and Financial Coordinator where she performed financial analysis, long-range forecasting, budgeting, student accounts and refunds, and technology projects.
A Certified Public Accountant, Frank has more than 33 years financial experience with 9 years in higher education (6 years as a TU employee). She also serves on the Technical Advisory Council and is the Treasurer and Assistant Secretary for the Board of Trustees at TU.
Prior to TU, Frank was Controller at Ameriwood Industries, Vaughn Industries and Accounting Manager at Mosser Construction and WCA of Ohio. She also spent 7 years in public accounting working for two large national accounting firms.
She and her husband, Steve, live in Tiffin and have three adult sons.
Jeremy Marinis, Ph.D.
A very familiar face on Tiffin University’s campus, Dr. Jeremy Marinis serves as TU’s Executive Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.
Earning a Bachelor Degree from TU in 2002, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Findlay in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Philosophy in Higher Education from the University of Toledo in 2014.
Jeremy has served Tiffin University in many capacities—as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Assistant Football Coach and worked in the Graduate Admissions department.
In his current position, he supervises enrollment management, financial aid, student affairs, marketing and communications, financial aid, and the arts department.
Jeremy and his wife, Jamie, have two children, Karris and Niko.
Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.
Dr. Shafer began her academic career at The Ohio State University's Marion campus. During her tenure, she served as an Admissions and Financial Aid Officer and Public Relations Director. Upon completion of her master's degree, she joined the Shelby Insurance Company and served nearly ten years in various corporate positions including Public Relations, Sales, Marketing and Underwriting.
Dr. Shafer joined Tiffin University in 1993 as an adjunct professor. In 1996, she became the Director of the Elyria Academic Center and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Fast Track degree completion program in Organizational Management. She joined the full-time faculty as Dean of Arts and Sciences in 1999. In 2005 she took over as Dean of Assessment and Accreditation and successfully orchestrated reaccreditation visits with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Higher Learning Commission, European Council on Business Education and American Council of Business Schools and Programs garnering the maxirimm reaffirmations allowed by all four accreditation agencies. Dr. Shafer is considered an accreditation specialist and serves the Higher Learning Commission as a Peer Reviewer as a visiting team member and distance education reviewer. In 2011 she became Associate Dean of International Business Programs and currently serves as a Professor of Management. Dr. Shafer is also a member of the TU Graduate Faculty Senate.
As an organizational behavior scholar, Dr. Shafer's work includes research into corporate mergers and downsizing and how these activities impact human capital and efficiencies. She has published and presented her research at numerous conferences both regionally and nationally. Dr. Shafer's consulting experience is extensive as she works with both national and international companies with respect to human resource training, executive coaching, strategic planning and budgeting. She also serves the higher learning community as a pedagogical mentor to various faculty members and institutions across the nation. Dr. Shafer is a member of several professional organizations and serves on a number of local program boards.
About Tiffin, Ohio
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
First public building in the United States to be wired for electricity.