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Howard Keim, a former Tabor College faculty member, has been named the
new vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at
His appointment highlights several staff additions the college has
made in recent weeks.
Keim replaces Lon Fendall, who served in this position since 1995.
?God has answered our prayers in providing leadership for this
important position,? said Larry Nikkel, Tabor president. ?Howard?s
respect for the college, experience in the broader
Mennonite/Anabaptist world, commitment to academic excellence and
interest in organizational life make him a great fit for this
position. I look forward to working with him in planning for next
Keim completed both his bachelor of science and master of arts
degrees at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant. In 1996,
received a doctorate in communication studies from the University
From 1979 to 1987, Keim served as pastor of Kalona (Iowa)
Church. He then directed the pastoral ministries program and the
introduction to communication course at Hesston College from 1987
From 1996 to 1999, he was assistant professor of communication at
Tabor. Currently, Keim is a field services director with
in Schools of Kansas, Wichita.
Keim is a published author whose works include The Handbook for
Speaker-Audience Communication (McGraw-Hill).
He will assume his new role at Tabor College, beginning July 1.
In addition to Keim, Tabor has hired several other faculty and
members in recent weeks.
The latest addition to the college?s teaching faculty, is Sheila
Schmitt, who has accepted a position on the music faculty. Her
specialty will be piano and music theory.
?Sheila is a great fit for Tabor,? said Fendall, who is completing
work as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the
?She knows Kansas, she has completed course work for her
she is a committed Christian and she will relate well to the other
faculty in our music department.?
Schmitt attended the Guildhall Conservatory of Music and Drama,
London, England, prior to her undergraduate studies in piano
performance at Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y.
In 1992, she was awarded a master?s degree in piano performance
pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is
completing dissertation work toward a doctorate in piano
at the University of Kansas.
Schmitt has performed recitals throughout Kansas, Colorado and New
York. She has studied under Jack Winerock, Robert Spillman, C.
Huizenga, Doloras Gadevsky, and Nina Serada.
Previously, she served as an adjunct professor of piano at Ottawa
University and as a teaching assistant at Lawrence Piano School,
Lisa Friesen has been recently appointed to the position of
Friesen attended Tabor from 1993 to 1995 and graduated from Kansas
State University in 1998. Most recently, she worked as a clinical
dietician with The Hunter Health Clinic, Wichita.
?As a committed alumna of Tabor College, Lisa will be a
asset to the student development programs,? says Judy Hiebert,
president for student development. ?I look forward to working with
and seeing her serve as a mentor on our campus.?
Lucas King has been hired as an admissions counselor at Tabor.
In May 2000, King graduated from Tabor with a degree in business
administration and management. He previously worked as a telephone
service representative for APAC customer services and served as a
project management intern with Sprint Communications.
?We are pleased to have Lucas as a member of the enrollment
team,? said Glenn Lygrisse, vice president for enrollment
?Though Lucas comes to us as a recent graduate, he already has
extensive experience in sales and marketing. At Tabor he will be
to visit with people interested in a quality education and share
them his positive college experiences.?
Rick Donley, Dodge City, has been appointed director of
Donley replaces Marvin Funk, who took over the position when
maintenance director Gary Massey died.
Donley is currently employed as the maintenance supervisor of USD
in Dodge City. He has also worked as a ServiceMaster contract
and owned an appliance service center for 15 years in Liberal.
?We?re excited to find someone with the personal caliber Rick has
demonstrated for this key position,? said Kirby Fadenrecht, vice
president for business and finance. ?His experience in directing
maintenance operations will be extremely valuable in contributing
smooth transition in the management of Tabor?s maintenance
Geneva Just, Hillsboro, has been appointed assistant to the vice
president for advancement. Just has worked in various capacities
Tabor College since 1991, including humanities division secretary
?I am pleased Geneva has accepted the position,? said Jack Braun,
president for advancement. ?Her nine years of working at Tabor,
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