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TU Elects Newest Board Members (2018)

Summer 2018

TU ELECTS NEWEST BOARD MEMBERS

TU Alumnus Donald Hampton, Jr. and Dr. Richard Helton were elected to Tiffin University’s Board of Trustees at its spring meeting.

Donald Hampton, Jr. is President of Faurecia Interior Systems North America where he is responsible for all aspects of a $1.7b enterprise chartered to deliver world class interior products to the NA automotive market. Prior to joining Faurecia, he was Executive Vice President, COO of Rea Magnet Wire Company. Rea Magnet Wire Company, Inc. is the largest producer of magnet wire in North America and China and the second largest in the world.

In his role as a member of the Executive Leadership team, Mr. Hampton was charged with leading the global operations strategy for the company and helping to grow Rea Wire’s global footprint. He earned both his BBA in Accounting and an MBA from Tiffin University.

Dr. Richard Helton served 47 years in public education, including 11 years as President of Vincennes University prior to his retirement in 2015. Most recently, he completed an 18-month term as Interim President of Wittenberg University. Upon his Indiana retirement, Dick received The Sagamore of the Wabash from the Indiana Governor’s Office for rendering distinguished service to the state. Cited as a “transformational leader,” he led VU to eight years of continuous growth culminating in system-wide headcount enrollment that surpassed 19,000 students.

He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, plus both a master’s degree in secondary education and an educational specialist degree from Indiana University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Hanover College.

VICE PROVOST NAMED

Assistant Professor of Management, Kristina Collins, was named Vice Provost for Academic Excellence, Distinctiveness and Effectiveness. Professor Collins and her team are responsible for supporting the provost and the school deans in securing excellence in teaching and learning in the areas of library resources, faculty development, program prioritization, review and development, outcomes assessment, general education and co-curricular and Celebrating Cultural Uniqueness.

Collins has successfully completed her coursework for a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration and is in the process of completing her Dissertation at University International (TUI). A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Collins earned an M.S.Ed. and B.A. from Indiana University.

VP OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT APPOINTED

TU appointed Mitchell Blonde as Vice President of Institutional Advancement & Public Affairs/Chief Advancement Officer. 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, Michigan.

He has nearly two decades of experience in higher education and has spent the past 13 years in leadership positions. He has served on numerous non-profit boards and committees, and is currently serving on the board of the Toledo Area Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and is a trustee for the Four County Community Foundation.