Duties and Responsibilities
The board of trustees shall set and maintain the mission of the university and determine the general policies and affairs of the university. Specifically, the trustees will:
- Appoint a president of the university to serve at the will of the board of trustees for such term as the board may prescribe and to support and assess the performance of the president;
- Consider and approve, upon recommendation of the president or appropriate committee, the general policies of the university, including university personnel policies, admission policies, academic policies;
- Consider and approve, upon recommendation of the appropriate committee or president, the annual operation and capital expenditures budget for the university with the premise that financial resources are utilized to provide sound education programs and submit approved budgets to the board of directors for final approval;
- Approve, upon recommendation of faculties and the president, the earned degrees awarded;
- Approve all governmental and private financial aid programs including, but not limited to grants, scholarships, and student loans;
- Consider and approve or delegate authority to approve, upon recommendation of the president or finance committee, all major contractual relationships and other major legal obligations executed in the name of the university;
- Appoint and create appropriate committees;
- Consider and approve long range plans of the university; and
- Consider and approve, upon recommendation of the president or the appropriate committees, loans, borrowing and the sale or purchase of real estate.
Board of Trustees
David Weber, MD, Chairman of the Board
Dr. David Weber, past member of the Waldorf board of regents, is proud to have been born, raised, and educated in the great state of Iowa. He received his A.A. degree in 1962 from Waldorf University, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Iowa in 1964. He then continued his education at the university receiving his M.D. in 1968.
Fresno General Hospital, Fresno, California was the site for Weber’s Internship. This was followed by two years in the U.S. Army stationed at William Beaumont Hospital at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. While on assignment there he served as general medical officer and preventative medicine officer. Upon completion of military service with an honorable discharge, he returned to the University of Iowa for a radiology residency from 1971 to 1975. His training allowed him to become double boarded in both diagnostic radiology and radiology including radiation oncology.
In 1975 he joined the physician staff of the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center in Wenatchee, Washington as a diagnostic radiologist and radiation oncologist. He served on the medical staff of several regional hospitals with a primary focus on Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, Washington where he was instrumental in development of CT, ultrasound, and interventional radiology disciplines. He served as chairman of the Medical Center Radiology Department and Clinical Support Services from 1983 to 2001. He also chaired the Radiological Technology Advisory Committee for the Wenatchee Valley College program and taught as a clinical instructor.
In 2002 he was elected CEO and chairman of the board of the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and has been reelected subsequently for two more terms. During this time he has served in state and national roles in the American Medical Group Association where he was the founding president of the CEO Leadership Council and in the American Medical Association. He currently chairs the group practice advisory committee of the American Medical Association. In 2008 he received the Washington State Rural Health Association award for Outstanding Contribution to Rural Health.
He is proud to be the recipient of the Waldorf University 2005 Distinguished Alumni Service Award. He has served on the Waldorf University board of regents since 2006.
Randy Juhl, Ph.D., Vice Chairman of the Board
Dr. Randy Juhl, who joined the Waldorf board of Regents in 2005, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. He received an A.A. from Waldorf in 1968 and a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in pharmacy from the University of Iowa in 1972, 1974 and 1976 respectively. His first academic appointment was at Ferris State University where he served as an assistant professor and director of the school’s clinical pharmacy programs.
In 1979 he moved to the University of Pittsburgh to serve as chair of the department of pharmacy practice. He was named dean of the School of Pharmacy in 1986, a position he held for 16 years. During his tenure as dean, the school converted its entry level practitioner degree program from the bachelor’s level to the Pharm.D., instituted advanced practice residencies in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and other partners, developed an innovative clinical scientist Ph.D. program and increased its endowment more than tenfold. The school also attained a top ten ranking among schools and colleges of pharmacy as measured by grant support from the NIH.
Juhl left the deanship to join the university’s senior leadership as vice chancellor for Research Conduct and Compliance in 2002. His responsibilities as vice chancellor included the administrative oversight of the University Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Radiation Safety Program, the Recombinant DNA Office, the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee (ESCRO) and the university’s conflict of interest reporting and monitoring functions. Additional interim leadership responsibilities included the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation (2002/03), the Institute of Politics (2004/06), chair of the University NCAA Accreditation Steering Committee (2005/06) and Interim Athletic Director in 2015 and again in 2017.
His research included the effects of disease states and other conditions on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 manuscripts, abstracts and books on these and related topics.
Juhl served as president of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science in the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1992-1993. In 1992, he was asked to chair the newly created FDA advisory committee on non-prescription drugs. Juhl served as this committee's chair from 1992 to 1996. The committee is responsible for advising the FDA on a range of issues related to non-prescription drugs, including the Rx-to-OTC switch process. In 1998, Juhl was appointed chair of the Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee for the FDA. This new advisory committee was created by the FDA Modernization Act of 1997 to serve as a public forum for the resolution of regulatory issues affecting pharmacy compounding.
Juhl has been honored as a distinguished alumnus of both Waldorf University (1995) and the University of Iowa’s College of Pharmacy (2000). In addition he received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy Alumni Society (2004) and the University of Iowa’s College of Pharmacy Osterhaus Medal for Lifetime Achievement (2021).
In 2008, he was named Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh, the first to be so honored in the School of Pharmacy’s 130-year history. He retired from Pitt in 2015.
Robert Mayes, Jr., Secretary of the Board
As the Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Southern Education Group, the parent company of Columbia Southern University (CSU) and Waldorf University, Robert Mayes provides strategy and leadership support to the institutions and is responsible for governmental affairs. Mr. Mayes has more than 25 years of experience in distance education.
Mayes co-founded Columbia Southern University, an online university headquartered in Orange Beach, Alabama, along with his parents and sister, Chantell Mayes Cooley, in 1993. He transitioned to the role of president of CSU in 2005 and served until May 2018. In his role as president of CSU, Mayes worked closely with leadership to accomplish the goals, objectives and strategies of the university. During this time, the University grew from 7000 students to 30,000. He was awarded the title president emeritus on May 1, 2018 for his contributions and impact on the University. Mayes also led the acquisition of Waldorf University (previously Waldorf College) in Forest City, Iowa in 2010, a task that included achieving approvals from the U.S. Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission.
During his time at CSU, Mayes had direct experience in many areas of online university operations including key roles in accounting, finance, information technology, online course design, outcomes assessment, the development of policies and procedures, accreditation and more.
He is chairman of the board of directors for South Baldwin Christian Academy. He serves as a board member of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals Foundation and a board member of the Business Council of Alabama. He served eight years on the board of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission board of directors and served on its executive, finance and nominating committees. In 2017, Mayeswas awarded the Distance Education Accrediting Commission's Distinguished Service Award and was a Boy Scouts of America Golden Eagle Honoree. In 2019, he was named the Distance Education Accrediting Commission’s Person of the Year.
Chantell Mayes Cooley, Trustee
Chantell Cooley is Senior Vice President of Columbia Southern Education Group (CSEG), the parent company of Columbia Southern University (CSU) and Waldorf University. She is a co-founder of CSU and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Mayes Education, Inc., the subsidiary corporation that owns Waldorf University. In 2017, she started Chantell Cooley Ministries to inspire others and to bring Christ’s message of hope and healing.
Since 1989, Chantell has been at the forefront of online education, leveraging her skills for interpersonal communication and relationship building to encourage adult learners to fulfill their goals through higher education. Within the University, Chantell developed comprehensive leadership and staff training programs to build leadership skills of a growing organization and to instill exceptional customer service. These areas have been critical to CSU’s unique culture and linked directly to the success and growth of the institution. To further help individuals develop and grow; Chantell wrote three courses titled Foundations for Success, Servant Leadership, and Building Your Team. These courses are offered through the department of Continuing Education at CSU. During her leadership roles with CSU, Chantell led initiatives throughout many departments, fueled by the work ethic and Christian ideals of her father, Dr. Robert Mayes Sr., CSU founder. Functions and departments overseen included Admissions, Outreach, Human Resources, Marketing, and Partnerships. Chantell enacted the Learning Partner program, where she successfully used this platform to build lasting relationships with Fortune 500 companies, organizations, associations, and local, county and state agencies that provide their employees with educational opportunities.
Chantell's faith is reflected in her ethics and passion and the work she does through Chantell Cooley Ministries to help others find their purpose and achieve their full potential. Chantell is an accomplished author and has written several books including “Winning the Game of Life,” an inspirational book, which chronicles her family's struggles and her journey into success and “Stand on the Word,” which emphasizes the power of the Scriptures and the importance of daily confessions of the Word of God. Chantell is an international speaker and ordained minister with credentials through Christian International Apostolic Network under Bishop Bill Hamon. Chantell and Tommy Cooley, her husband of over 25 years, live in Elberta, Alabama and have two grown children, Brooke and Dylan.
Dr. Ann Hill Duin, Trustee
Dr. Ann Hill Duin, a past member of the Waldorf Board of Regents, joined the Waldorf Board of Trustees in August 2018. She is a full professor at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the social construction of knowledge and the impact of emerging technologies including learning analytics and networked learning – on the future of teaching/learning and higher education.
Dr. Hill Duin earned an Associate in Arts degree from Waldorf, Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College and her master’s and doctorate degrees in curriculum and instruction from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Hill Duin has received the Alumni Distinguished Service Awards from Waldorf University, Luther College and the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Among her other recognitions are FFA Minnesota State Award for outstanding Leadership and Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Minnesota’s College of Agriculture, she received the 2021 Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication from the IEEE Professional Communication Society and the 2021 J. R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Society for Technical Communication.
In both academic and administrative positions, Ann is committed to excellence in higher education through engagement and shared leadership. She spearheaded system-wide partnerships in previous vice provost, senior associate dean, and associate vice president positions, and regularly facilitates inter-institutional teams in the design of sustainable partnerships.&
Professor Cathy Frey, Trustee
Cathy Frey is a Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Faculty Senate at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.. She joined the Norwich faculty in 1985 and was the first woman promoted to Associate Professor and tenured in the Mathematics Department (1991) and the first female promoted to the rank Professor of Mathematics (2001) at Norwich University. She served as the first female Chair of the Mathematics Department at Norwich from 2002-2006 and as the first female Dean of Mathematics and Sciences from 2006-2013. She currently serves as the first female Chair of the Faculty Senate at Norwich. Her research interests in the areas of actuarial science and mathematics education, she has been a leader at Norwich in teaching mathematics online. Under her leadership, Norwich started an Actuarial Concentration in the Mathematics Major in 2014. She has received Category I Dana Grants four times awarded to regular faculty who have demonstrated superior scholarship, teaching ability, and university service. She was the recipient of the Vermont Women in Higher Education Jackie Gribbon’s Leadership Award given a woman who has demonstrated leadership ability, served as a model and mentor, developed innovative programs and contributed significantly to the institution and profession in 2008.
Cathy Frey has presented numerous contributed papers, invited talks and workshops at national and international conferences on mathematics and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
Mr. Richard (Rick) Gaumer, Trustee
Richard (Rick) K. Gaumer has a long and distinguished business and higher education career. He is currently a Principal with the firm of Academic Innovators, a firm focused on applying best practices in supporting long term financial sustainability for higher education institutions.
Mr. Gaumer holds a master’s degree in Management from UW Milwaukee, a bachelor in business from Lakeland University, the CPA license (Wis.), and the Certified Fraud Examiner designation from the ACFE. He has taught extensively for Lakeland, UWM, Marian University and UW-Green Bay. Gaumer served on numerous civic and advisory boards, including Fox Valley Technical College and Lakeshore Technical College in Wisconsin.
Mr. Gaumer has enjoyed a unique career with over 25 years’ experience in a variety of private sector financial leadership positions and over 40 years of part-time and full-time teaching experience in higher education. Since 2014 he served as Vice President for business and finance [CFO] at Emory & Henry College (EHC) in Virginia. Throughout his professional career, Gaumer has applied best practice solutions successfully from a Fortune 100-sized business [Kohler Co] to the higher education industry. Mr. Gaumer worked over 11 years for Kohler Co in various positions, including a divisional controllership at a time when Kohler developed strategic plans and initiatives to recast its aged business model. He helped Kohler emerge as a global plumbing manufacturing company and concurrently worked to expand its world-class reputation in the hospitality industry. While at Kohler, Gaumer developed a keen understanding of ROI techniques, strategic planning linked to operational execution and other planning techniques aimed at maximizing the use of scarce resources.
Later, Mr. Gaumer was a successful CFO for Strategic Data Systems (SDS) during the 1990’s when it grew to become a national leader in custom software systems for the property and casualty insurance industry. As CFO at Emory & Henry College, Mr. Gaumer was been extremely successful. He negotiated and secured a $51 million USDA program low-interest (2.375%, fixed), long-term (40 yr) loan to refinance over $35 million of existing debt and finance a new housing complex. Also, Gaumer employed his ROI techniques and experience to define and launch several new Affinity programs for EHC including the new Marching Band program (over 100 new students in first three years). He was a 2017 nominee for the prestigious CFO of the Year award from Virginia Business magazine in June, 2017. As an educator, Mr. Gaumer has taught for over 35 years. He has taught adult, online and traditional students in areas of Finance, Accounting, Information Systems and Leadership. Gaumer worked at Lakeland for 13 years, earning tenure in 2005 and the prestigious Underkofler Outstanding Teaching Award in 2007. His innovation in curriculum design, adding a forensic accounting concentration, starting a large VITA student income tax civic program and adding unique CPA and CMA exam preparation courses paid substantial dividends for Lakeland. Under his leadership, Lakeland earned several national awards for their accounting program, including being recognized by Accounting.com as the #7 Online Accounting Program in the country in 2017.
Dr. Kris Meyer, Trustee
Dr. Kris Meyer earned an Associate in Arts degree from Waldorf, a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master’s of Science in School Counseling from Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa, a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and an Endorsement in Administration (Principal) from Dordt College, in Sioux Center, Iowa.
Dr. Meyer has worked as an elementary school counselor in Forest City, Iowa, as an academic counselor at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa, as an adjunct professor for the University of Northern Iowa in education as well as school and mental health counseling, and as the Director and Assistant Professor for School and Mental Health Counseling Graduate Programs for Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. She recently retired as the Principal of St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa and is currently part-time faculty with graduate program of School Counseling for Buena Vista University.
Dr. Meyer’s research focus is in resiliency and resiliency education. She is an experienced keynote speaker, workshop presenter, and retreat leader. She has presented throughout the Midwest. She has enjoyed an additional career as a professional storyteller for over 35 years, sharing stories throughout the Midwest, as well as in Sweden and China. The medium of story has been foundational to her research in resiliency. Dr. Meyer taught and served as an administrator in China for two summers with the Concordia Global Language program.
After serving as a volunteer emergency medical technician for many years, Dr. Meyer now collaborates with county emergency management as part of a Critical Incident Stress Management team.
Dr.Ken Tucker, Ph.D., Trustee
Dr. Ken Tucker holds B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Alabama, and an M.B.A. degree from UAB. He became the twelfth president of the University of West Alabama on January 1, 2015. Previously, he served as Dean of UWA’s College of Business, Professor of Management, Chairperson of UWA’s Foundation Board of Directors, President of the Faculty Senate, Director of the Small Business Development Center.
Tucker also has over 15 years of executive leadership experience in healthcare, manufacturing and non-profit organizations. He is an active participant on numerous workforce, economic, and community development boards and commissions, frequently serving as chair or president. Additionally, Tucker serves as a SACSCOC reaffirmation site evaluator.
Dr. Tucker has received a number of awards and honors for excellence in teaching and professional contributions. He is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and Chamber Citizen of the Year. He also served as Chair of the Marengo County Commission and received the Excellence in County Government Award from the Alabama Association of County Commissioners twice.
Tucker is also active in community and civic affairs, serving as president or chair of chambers of commerce, civic clubs, boards of education, leadership organizations, school foundations, etc., and is a long-time Sunday School teacher. Tucker was recently elected to serve as Chairperson of the Alabama Council of College and University Presidents and President of the Gulf South Conference Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alabama College Counts and PACT Programs, Higher Education Partnership, Alabama Small Business Development Consortium, Alabama Public Safety Leadership Academy and AGS/STARS.
President Tucker is married to Mary Murray Tucker and is the father of four married daughters: Allison, Kimberly, and twins, Lara and Rachel, and grandfather to Maggie, Leah, Taylor, Daniel and Kenzie. He enjoys lifting weights, running and socializing with family and friends.