TU honored Dr. Charles “Chuck” Christensen at a retirement celebration in April. President Paul Marion presented TU’s official chair to him and thanked him for his hard work, loyalty and dedication since 2000.
“Dr. Christensen has made many positive contributions to Tiffin University and our students as a faculty member and academic administrator,” Marion said. “He was instrumental in the development of our online programs and was very effective during his service as Dean of the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences. As Vice President for Academic Affairs in recent years, he has provided outstanding leadership that has resulted in significant increases in the number and the quality of our academic programs.”
“While I have enjoyed the last seven years as VPAA,” Christensen said, “I look forward to my retirement with my wife, Nancy. I intend to continue to work in the areas of higher education, intelligence, and national security, but at my schedule, not someone else’s.”
When asked about his most enduring legacy as VPAA, Christensen said, “I would point to the quality of the administrators, staff and faculty that are currently part of academic affairs. That, more than any academic program or personal accomplishment, is what I have found most satisfying.” Christensen grew up in Orchard Lake, Michigan, and graduated from West Bloomfield High School in 1961. During high school, he lettered in football, basketball and baseball.
After graduating from Eastern Michigan University in 1967, he joined the U.S. Air Force, where he spent 26 years working in intelligence as a staff officer, analyst, collector and commander.
While serving in the Air Force, he served in Vietnam from 1970-71. In 1975, he earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame.
After retiring from the Air Force, as a colonel, he was hired in the Mershon Center for Foreign Policy at The Ohio State University as a program director and post-doctoral research fellow. Christensen said after he finished his doctorate in military history and international relations, he and his wife, Nancy, moved to Tiffin, where he was hired at TU as a faculty member.
As an adaptation of his doctoral dissertation, Christensen published a book, “Airmen, Scientists and Engineers: Operation LUSTY and the Birth of Modern Technical Intelligence.” The book was the result of five years of research and writing.
“When I came to Tiffin in 2000,” Christensen said, “TU did not have an online program. In fact, my first job on campus was to create it. Today, Tiffin University is considered an industry leader in online education. In retirement, I would like to spend more time with my family, but also to continue to do some work, but at my time and pace. I will always remember the life-changing experience that college can be for some of our students in terms of their outlook on life and their expectations,” he said.