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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
Peter Holbrook, Ph.D.
Peter J. Holbrook, Ph.D. is a visionary, values-based leader, adept at building strong working relationships and networks to leverage the talents of others to strategically and operationally achieve sustainable results. As Provost and Chief Academic Officer for Tiffin University, Holbrook brings more than 30 years of experience in organizational leadership, change management, teaching, leadership training, board development, fundraising, program development, assessment and evaluation, and strategic planning. Prior to joining Tiffin University, Holbrook was President and CEO of Cream City Foundation, Milwaukee Wisconsin and Dean of the College of Business and Management, Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Holbrook is serving as Tiffin University’s first Provost, a role that brings into focus his ability to lead transformative change through shared vision, leadership, decision-making and governance. Holbrook’s emphasis has been on driving student success through excellence and continuous improvement leading to the development of signature programs that are distinctive to Tiffin University, while meeting the educational needs of students and employers. Focused on the future of teaching and learning, he is overseeing the adoption of alternative credentials and micro-learning initiatives across multiple modalities, including credit and non-credit programs.
During his tenure at Stritch, Dr. Holbrook served in a number of key leadership roles that positively impacted the fundraising, public relations, enrollment and academic initiatives of the university, including holding the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of the Leadership Center. Early in his tenure, he successfully led the process to attain university status. As Dean of the College of Business and Management, he provided strategic leadership and insights for all academic programs within the college. He successfully guided a multi-year change process that resulted in reaffirmation of the College’s ACBSP Accreditation, renewal and growth of academic programs while reestablishing faculty-shared governance, nearly tripled the number of full-time faculty lines in support of quality teaching and learning in the classroom.
Holbrook has taught at the doctorate and undergraduate level at Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is a researcher, published writer and speaker on leadership and change management, with emphasis on Franciscan, servant and transformational leadership. His current research interests include exploring the intersection of leadership capacity with innovation and change. Additional areas of expertise include diversity and inclusion, with a focus on inclusive leadership and cultural intelligence.
Holbrook has experience with designing and facilitating leadership development programs and trainings for numerous for- and non-profit organizations in Southeastern Wisconsin. He is a trained facilitator and coach in Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and Compression Planning. In addition, he has led and facilitated strategic planning sessions for local organizations in Wisconsin, including the Medical College of Wisconsin and is a member of numerous professional organizations.
Holbrook has volunteered with several local and national nonprofits in Southeastern Wisconsin and Seneca County, Ohio, including service as Chair Elect of the Board of Directors of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Services, Commissioner and Vice Chair for the Milwaukee County Commission on Aging, the Board of Directors for Diverse and Resilient in Milwaukee, and Milwaukee Public Television Vision 2057 Task Force.
Dr. Holbrook holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies and a Master of Science in Management from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Amy Wood, Ph.D.
A familiar face on Tiffin University’s campus, Dr. Amy Wood serves as TU’s Vice President for Enrollment Management.
Earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from Tiffin University in 2003, a Master of Organization Development from Bowling Green State University in 2004 and a Ph.D. of Philosophy in Organization and Management from Capella University in 2015.
Prior to being named Vice President for Enrollment Management, Amy has served in multiple roles at the university, such as the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management, Dean of Admissions, Director of Graduate & Distance Education Admissions, Director of Columbus Academic Center and a Financial Aid Counselor.
In her current position, she oversees enrollment management, financial aid as well as marketing and communications.
Amy and her husband, Aaron, have two children, Grace and Keegan.
Mitchell P. Blonde, a certified fund raising executive (CFRE), joined the Tiffin University President’s Cabinet in 2017. Prior to TU, he served 10 years as vice president of institutional advancement for Siena Heights University, a Catholic liberal arts institution located in Adrian, Mich. He has over two decades of experience in higher education and has spent the majority of that time 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 Tiffin–Seneca Public Library 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.
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.
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 and auxiliary services. He previously served as Tiffin University’s Director of Institutional Analysis, Contract Management & Internal Audit where he was responsible for financial analysis, budgeting and policy and procedure development.
A Certified Public Accountant, Frank has more than 11 years of financial experience with five years in higher education (two years as a TU employee). He 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 Director of Finance at National Machinery and Senior Financial Analyst for NiSource. He also spent three years in public accounting working for Plante Moran.
He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Tiffin with their son Theodore (Teddy) and dog Olive.
Ron is a seasoned executive with a strong strategy orientation who has lead major initiatives and businesses in varying roles before taking on this role at Tiffin University.
With over 11 years of experience in higher education in various roles within public and private institutions, Ron is a passionate, innovative, and dedicated manager/advisor leading growth through increased sales and shaping a culture of change and excellence. Sitting in various roles from the president, enrollment management and faculty, he has demonstrated diverse strengths in linking strategic and tactical planning to day-to-day operations.
Spending time with the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration, and Acer America, Ron also brings 5 years of corporate experience in budgeting, training, and sales. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin System in 1994.
Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.
Dr. Shafer began her academic career at The Ohio State University’s Marion campus. Upon completion of her graduate degree, she completed a ten-year career in the insurance industry. She joined TU in 1993 as an adjunct professor while completing her doctorate degree at Bowling Green State University. She has held numerous positions during her tenure at TU, including the founding Director for the degree completion program, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Dean of Assessment, and most recently as the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Shafer currently serves as the Vice President for Institutional Planning and Effectiveness where she provides leadership and oversight for institutional research, strategic planning, global education, career services, and accreditation activities of the University. Dr. Shafer continues to oversee operations in Bucharest, Romanian where we have offered the EMBA for 20 years and will start a BBA in Management in fall 2019. Dr. Shafer is considered an accreditation specialist and serves the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as a Peer Reviewer. She has successfully led TU’s compliance efforts to obtain maximum reaffirmations with the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), HLC, Accreditation Council for Business School and Programs (ACBSP) and the European Council for Business Education (ECBE). She also serves as a Board Member for ECBE. Dr. Shafer holds the rank of Professor of Management within the TU School of Business.
About Tiffin, Ohio
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
First public building in the United States to be wired for electricity.