Dr. Bill Katip, president of Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., recently announced a restructuring of senior administration for academic and student affairs. “After much prayer, discussion, and consideration, I have decided to reinstate the provost model of higher education administration and restructure key positions in these areas to more effectively integrate student life and academics,” he said.
John Lillis, executive vice president of academic affairs, has been promoted to provost. “Dr. Lillis’s extensive experience in Christian higher education – particularly as past provost of Cornerstone University and executive officer and dean of Bethel Seminary – has prepared him very well for this position,” Katip commented. As provost, Lillis will oversee Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, which includes six schools, the library, and registrar.
“I’m eager to take on the position of provost and work collaboratively with student affairs and our six schools to enhance the student experience at Grace,” Dr. Lillis said. I’m honored to assume the role of provost and help lead the college forward.”
An associate provost will soon be hired to support Dr. Lillis in assessment efforts and general administration.
Dean of Students Aaron Crabtree will take on an increased leadership role in this new model. He will now serve as chief student affairs officer, representing student affairs on the senior administration team, and will report to Dr. Lillis. “During Aaron’s 13 years in the Student Affairs Department at Grace, he has consistently demonstrated his tireless worth ethic, creativity and passion for students. Dr. Lillis and I are very excited to have Aaron assume this expanded leadership position,” said Dr. Katip.
Finally, Jacqueline Schram will move from Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Coordinator of General Education to Dean of Grace Core and Global Initiatives, also reporting to Dr. Lillis. “As dean, Jacqueline will provide vision and oversight to our CORE liberal arts program while integrating our commitment to student global experiences. Her past role, as well as her passion for global learning, has prepared her well for this expanded position,” Dr. Katip stated.
“With each of these changes, we intend to better integrate academics and the student experience at Grace so that students have the best possible learning and growth environment on campus,” said Dr. Katip. “This reorganization flows out of our commitment to mission,” he continued. “As a Christian community of higher education, we endeavor to strengthen character, sharpen competence and prepare students for service.”