Promotions Announced

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Grace University has announced four new promotions that are related to the establishment of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies. The establishment of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies allows Grace University to reach out to the community in more significant ways, grow programs with deep biblical integration and impact more students for the cause of Christ.

The School of Professional and Graduate Studies is part of an overall growth strategy for Grace University’s graduate and adult degree completion programs. The new school allows for the expansion of current graduate programs as well as the development of additional graduate degree offerings.

Dr. Karl Pagenkemper has moved from his role as chairman of the Biblical Studies division to the vice president of academic affairs. He has significant experience in administration and in the classroom.  Pagenkemper will oversee the ongoing growth and development of undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion programs.

Dr. Gary Nebeker, who has served as a professor in the Biblical Studies department for the past 17 years, has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president of Christian formation and student services. His duties include directing the Servant Leadership Training program, the Student Development Office and serve as campus pastor.

Deb Osmanson has been promoted to assistant vice president of administration. In her new role, she will manage the campus buildings and grounds including the library, dormitories and athletic facilities.

Bill Hammond has joined the admissions team as chief enrollment officer to guide the growth and development of recruiting efforts across all areas of the university. Hammond has more than 12 years of experience in higher education and comes to Grace University from Ottawa University in Kansas.

Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is a regionally accredited, private Christian university with more than 40 diverse areas of study for undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion students including education, business, psychology, music, nursing and Christian ministries. The university’s mission is to develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world through excellence in biblically integrated education.