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Office of the President

Letter from the President

Grace University stands at an unprecedented moment in history and is positively influencing our world for the cause of Christ. Recognizing the growing secularization of our culture and the opportunity for even greater significance, our Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff enthusiastically accept our calling to disciple students and develop servant leaders for the home, the church, and the world through Christian, biblically integrated higher education.

We are pleased to experience the Lord’s blessing through our highest new undergraduate student enrollment growth in over 30 years. More people are becoming aware of the excellence and value of attending Grace, where students choose from 40 diverse undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree completion programs in education, business, psychology, music, nursing and Christian ministries just to name a few.

Those seeking graduate education can benefit from a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Science in Education, and a School Counseling concentration within the Master of Arts in Counseling. The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry has concentrations in Theological Studies, Biblical Studies, Ministry Leadership, Rural Church Ministry, and Counseling Ministry as well.

Our new Grace University Counseling Center and College of Graduate Studies facility in the South Campus are opening new service-learning opportunities for students. Graduate counseling students are now able to work with licensed counselors during their practicum to provide free counseling services to the community.

Adult learners with some college credits can choose academic options in our Adult Degree Completion Program accelerated adult degree completion program.

As you consider joining and/or supporting the Grace University family, know of our commitment to walk with you as you explore your next steps in God’s perfect plan for your life.

Yours for growing in Grace,

David M. Barnes, Ed.D.

Phone: 402.449.2809

Presidential Staff

Thad Bosley

Special Assistant to the President
Phone: 402.449.2972

Joanne Fast

Administrative Assistant, President
Phone: 402.449.2809

Grace University Leaders Available for Guest Speaking

If your group would benefit from the unique perspectives of Dr. David Barnes and/or Thad Bosley, please contact Dani Hatfield at 402-292-5553, ext. 1484, or email dani@alberscommunications.com to make arrangements. There is no charge for the speaking engagement; however, we encourage you to act quickly if you would like to secure a date on the calendar.

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Board of Trustees

Selwyn Bachus, D.Min.
Omaha, Nebraska
Senior Pastor
Salem Baptist Church
Michael Goding, B.A.
Omaha, Nebraska
Management Consultant
M.E. Goding Consulting
Curt Hofer, B.S.
Fort Calhoun, Nebraska
Jasper Stone Partners
Ann Kelleher, M.S.
Omaha, Nebraska
President & Owner
Interity Staffing and Solutions
Monica Morrison, B.S.
Blair, Nebraska
Co-Owner, Retired
Sunshine Stitches, Retired
Jerry Peters, M.B.A. (Treasurer)
Waterloo, Nebraska
Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc.
David Reimer, Th.M.
Newton, Kansas
Senior Pastor
Grace Community Church
Kay Shilling, M.D.
Omaha, Nebraska
Andrew Sigerson, J.D.
Omaha, Nebraska
Estate & Business Planning Attorney
Legacy Design Strategies, LLC
Eric Tompkins, M.M.
Omaha, Nebraska
Director, National Account Sales
ConAgra Foods
Carlon Tschetter, Th.M. (2nd Vice Chair)
Yukon, Oklahoma
Covenant Community Church
Doug Troupe, M.B.A. (1st Vice Chair)
Omaha, Nebraska
Director, Insurance and Risk Management
Tenaska, Inc.
Michael Whealy, J.D. (Chair)
Omaha, Nebraska
Executive VP/Chief Administrative Officer, Retired
First Data Corporation

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Grace University exists to develop servant leaders for the home, the church, and the world through excellence in biblically-integrated education and through life change in a personal, discipling environment, all for the glory of God.


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