Letter from Mr. Tschetter

Grace University will cease all academic operations at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year. This decision was extremely difficult, and one that was not reached without fervent prayer in seeking God’s will for Grace’s future and before exhausting all attempts to address the University’s financial challenges. We are confident that the decision was necessary at this time to ensure, to the extent possible, the successful completion of the current year and to provide sufficient time for the necessary transition planning for all those affected by the closure. The economic difficulties Grace has encountered over the past several years were due mainly to declining enrollment while initiatives to grow enrollment were unsuccessful. The financial impact of those issues reached a level whereby the amount of cash required to continue operations beyond the current year could not be reasonably attained without putting the University at significant risk.

We thank the administrators, faculty and staff who have served the University so faithfully over its history. We especially thank our current students who, despite the recent institutional challenges, have supported GU by continuing to pursue their educational goals with us. We are also grateful for the many donors whose generosity has also assisted the University over the years. While there must be necessary grieving and sadness with this decision, the Board urges all to balance that with the joy of Grace University’s 75-year legacy of developing thousands of servant leaders for the home, the church and the world. During the remainder of this year, the Board will be exploring other ways in which the legacy of GU can continue through other means.

In the days ahead, the Trustee Board remains committed to the current mission of Grace University and pledges its full support to the administration in the critically important efforts to assist students, faculty and staff through this period of transition. A teach-out plan that will allow students to complete their degrees through specific arrangements with other institutions or through normal transfer procedures is under development. More details on the plan will be forthcoming pending approvals by the Higher Learning Commission and other regulatory agencies.

While this decision has been extremely difficult for the Board and all who are connected to Grace University, we are confident that our God will walk with us and before us though the remainder of this year and beyond. The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden upon the Lord and he will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” In Philippians 4:6 Paul writes, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Carlon Tschetter
Chair
Grace University Board of Trustees

President

Mission Statement

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.

Administration

William L. Bauhard
Chief Executive Officer
James P. Eckman, Ph.D.
President Emeritus
Tom Roche M.B.A.
Executive Vice President
John D. Holmes, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Life
Deb Osmanson
Vice President of Administration
Karl E. Pagenkemper, Th.D.
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Chris Pruitt, M.A.
Vice President of Enrollment Services
C. James Santoro, M.S., M.A.
Director of Adult Degree Completion

Grace University Leaders Available for Guest Speaking

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Board of Trustees


  • Michael Goding, B.A.
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Management Consultant
    M.E. Goding Consulting


  • Curt Hofer, B.S.
    Fort Calhoun, Nebraska
    CEO
    Jasper Stone Partners


  • John Hundahl, B.S.
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Owner/Operator
    Hundahl Home Place, Ltd


  • Joel Jensen, M.B.A.
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Vice President
    First National Bank of Omaha


  • Grace Longley, B.R.E., B.Comm.
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Owner
    GML Services, Inc.


  • Monica Morrison, B.S.
    (Secretary)

    Omaha, Nebraska
    Co-Owner
    Sunshine Stitches, Retired


  • Thomas Morrison, B.S.
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Founder
    MSI Systems Integrators, Retired


  • Jerry Peters, M.B.A.
    (Treasurer)

    Waterloo, Nebraska
    CFO
    Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc.


  • Andrew Sigerson, J.D.
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Estate & Business Planning Attorney
    Legacy Design Strategies, LLC


  • Eric Tompkins, M.M.
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Self-Employed


  • Doug Troupe, M.B.A.
    (1st Vice Chair)

    Omaha, Nebraska
    Director, Insurance and Risk Management
    Tenaska, Inc.


  • Carlon Tschetter, Th.M.
    (Chair)

    Yukon, Oklahoma
    Pastor
    Covenant Community Church