Meet the Institutional Advancement Staff
Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Master of Science in Journalism - Columbia University
Capital University Law School (No degree)
Bachelor of Arts in English - Seton Hall University
Harvard Management Development Program, Summer Institute
Center for Philanthropy, Fundraising School, Summer Institute
Ferguson served as Vice President for Advancement at the University of Findlay and St. Bonaventure University, and served in similar roles at the State University of New York System and The Ohio State University, where he was also Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President and Provost. He is a former managing editor of the Columbus (Oh.) Dispatch and recently served as Interim VP for SUNY/New Paltz. He and his wife, Karen, live in Findlay.
Assistant Vice President of Major Gifts
MBA in Leadership - Tiffin University
Bachelor of Science, Education - University of Memphis
Joe rejoined the department in April 2016 after serving as the Leadership Gift Officer at the University of Findlay. Joe served as TU's Director of Annual Fund from November 2013-October 2015. He has been with Tiffin University since 2010, and previously served as the Director of Undergraduate Admissions. Before joining the Tiffin University family, Joe spent 15 years as a college football coach, coaching at Cornell University, Idaho State University and Snow College.
Joe and his wife originally are form the Mountain West area (Utah & Idaho), but fell in love with Tiffin upon their arrival and have made Tiffin their home. Outside of work, Joe enjoys spending time with his wife, Megan, and three children, Mykah, Max and Josh.
John D. Hill
Interim Director of Development
Education Specialist - Bowling Green State University
Master of Education - S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo
Bachelor of Arts - Heidelberg College
John has over 40 years in higher education (Tiffin University, Shenandoah University and Heidelberg College). He has 25 years experience in athletic administration, 14 years in development and 31 years in college coaching.
Johnís wife, Maryl, is the Special Education Supervisor at Findlay City Schools. They have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.
Director of Alumni Relations
Master of Business Administration - Tiffin University
Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance & Accounting - Tiffin University
Vickie joined the department in June, 2013. Vickie is responsible for facilitating alumni connections, engagement, support, and to build a sense of community. She plans and implements major alumni activities as well as campus-wide programming. She also works closely with alumni volunteers. Additionally, she represents the University and Alumni Office at on-campus and off-campus events.
Vickie enjoys spending time with her family and staying connected with friends. She enjoys watching sports and working out.
Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications
Bachelor of Science, Commercial Art - Ashland University
Diploma, Web Design - Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Jennifer joined the department in October, 2014. Jennifer has been with Tiffin University since 2010, most recently serving as Webmaster & Graphic Design Technician in the ITS department. Her current responsibilities include TU's public website, internal website, and the TU Mobile app.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Nick, and son, Lucas.
Lori A. Bentz
Assistant Director of Annual Giving
Bachelor of Business Administration, HR Management - Tiffin University
Associate of Business Administration - Tiffin University
Lori joined the department in 2001. She is responsible for managing the annual fund program, with a special emphasis on building participation from alumni and friends of the university.
Lori enjoys reading, shopping, gardening and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Chris, have four adult children, Shelby, Sydney, Cobin, and Austin.
Event Services Coordinator
Sandy joined the department in 2003. Sandy schedules and coordinates all internal and external events hosted throughout the Tiffin campus.
Outside of the office, she helps manage the family farm. She and her husband, Lee, stay busy with their son, Gavin.
Lisa W. Williams
Executive Director of Media Relations & Publications
Bachelor of Business Administration - Tiffin University
Lisa is a long-time resident of Tiffin, Ohio and has served in various positions at Tiffin University since 1982.
In her current role, Lisa maintains a positive working relationship with the University community, trustees, parents, local business, industry, and media and has worked closely with individual department heads in planning and executing individualized advertising and image-building campaigns to include print, radio, outdoor and television. She serves as Tiffin University's official photographer and writes and edits the College's semiannual alumni magazine, Challenge, the Annual Report and TU's weekly internal newsletter, Dragon News. She oversees publications and prepares news releases for newspapers, radio and television stations. When necessary, Lisa assists in fundraising as well as various promotional projects and capital campaigns for the Office of Institutional Advancement, including but not limited to, working closely with the office of Alumni Relations.
Mary Ann Stearns
Creative Director/Graphic Designer