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 until 2002. 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) and received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy Alumni Society (2004).
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.
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.
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 is currently the Principal of St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa.
Dr. Meyer’s research focus is in the area of 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. Ardrelle L. Evans, Sr., Trustee
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Dr. Ardrelle L. Evans, Sr. is a cross-functional and multicultural leader with a unique portfolio of public and private sector experience in Fortune 500, Fortune 100, and Inc. 5000 companies, and academe. He holds a B.A. from Prairie View A&M University, Texas and M.A. and EdD. degrees from the University of Phoenix, Ariz. Ardrelle is a steadfast proponent of academic excellence whose aspirational leadership supports various constituencies in delivering sustainable growth and instructional opportunities.
In 2015, Ardrelle completed more than 30 years of service in the U.S. Army.
Throughout his award-winning military career, marked by 12 deployments in Southwest Asia, Africa and tours in Cold War Europe, he earned year-after-year promotions and rankings in the top 2% of governmental executives. During his final decade of military service, Ardrelle excelled in five consecutive C-suite executive leadership roles and command appointments, leveraging his strong foundation in strategic planning, aspirational leadership, fiscal responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and program development.
During his tenure, Ardrelle influenced the training of federal employees who served during the Global War on Terrorism on three continents. Most notably, he led organizations providing global logistical support for 120,000 personnel spread throughout 27 Southwest Asian countries. As a Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. Evans led one of the U.S. Army’s most diverse training portfolios, with multiple resident, on-site, and distributed learning locations executing 200 programs. In Iraq, he led high-risk confidence-building efforts between ethnic and religious antagonists. His aspirational leadership influenced the initial tripartite initiatives bringing stability to a hotly contested ethnic fault line crossing that country from Syria to Iran.
Upon retirement, in 2015, Dr. Evans joined Albemarle Corporation as Chief of Staff & Director, Human Resource Operations. Consolidating end-to-end HR operations, he elevated global service delivery for employees in 76 countries for this NYSE-listed Fortune 500 specialty chemical company. Ardrelle transitioned 4,000 employees during $12 billion in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures over two years. He teamed on six major systems implementations and steered HR due diligence initiatives for a $3.5 billion corporate divestiture with BASF (Badische Anilin- und Soda-Fabrik).
Recruited as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in 2016 for StrategicHealthSolutions, LLC., an Inc. 5000 Medicaid/Medicare contractor, he led domestic human resources operations, helped jumpstart growth, and trimmed staff attrition. Ardrelle’s LEAN-inspired efforts sustained the recovery of up to $348 million in improper payments and fueled hundreds of thousands of medical claims reviews for the federal government.
Today, as a Program Manager with the congressionally mandated Department of Labor – Veterans Opportunity to Work/Transition Assistance Program (VOW-TAP), Ardrelle leads teams of facilitators across the western U.S.A. His teams provide hundreds of transitioning service members (Active, Reserve, National Guard), family members and veterans a comprehensive understanding of civilian employment.
Terrence L. Frazier, Ph.D., Trustee
Terrence L. Frazier, Ph.D. is a student affairs administer who prides himself on being a student-centered leader with a proven track record of fostering positive and supportive student environments on the campuses he has served. His love for student affairs began on the campus of Ohio University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education. As a student at Ohio U, Frazier became involved in college organizations and activities. He served as Student Senate President, President of the Black Student Union and an active member of the Greek Letter community as a member of The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. While attending Ohio U, he was co-founder of the campus chapter of The NAACP and active in various other aspects of student life and student affairs.
Frazier previously was the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Alabama A & M University. In this role, he was responsible for the development and management of university-wide leadership, vision, and strategic planning. Specifically, he focused on the integration of learning inside and outside of the classroom; provided oversight on all matters pertinent to student safety concerns; supported full-time staff in the areas of Student Conduct, International Programs, Counseling Services, and Health Services; and managed an annual budget of approximately one million dollars. Prior to AAMU, Frazier was the Director of Multicultural Affairs for Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. There, he successfully restructured the Office of Multicultural Affairs by establishing and rebuilding relationships across student affairs, academic affairs and athletics; implementing collaborative programming that engaged students in their holistic development; and working with alumni to establish an endowment scholarship for students. Additionally, he has worked at Iowa State University and Ball State University as Interim Director of Greek Affairs and Assistant Director of Student Organizations and Activities, respectively.
While at Iowa State, Frazier earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. His dissertation research topic was “African American College Men Holding Leadership Roles in Majority White Student Groups.” Frazier has presented at several regional and national conferences and across numerous college campuses, speaking on a range of topics: Diversity, Leadership, Relationships and Greek Life. Frazier is affiliated with and highly involved in numerous professional associations in higher education and student affairs including National Association of Student Affairs Professionals and American College Personnel Association, where he serves on the African American Male and Female Summit Faculty. Frazier recently had the honor of attending the Harvard Graduate School of Education Management Development Program. In 2012, he received the Outstanding Young Professional Award from Iowa State University College of Human Sciences and was named a Notable Leader in the Nacogdoches Community. Frazier’s greatest professional accomplishment, however, is helping students successfully matriculate and graduate while also gaining indispensable leadership skills along the way.
Frazier’s greatest personal success is marrying his intelligent and beautiful wife, Nikki. She is his heart and soul which gives him the strength to improve himself as a husband, father, son, brother and man of God. Together they have two young daughters, Melia and Madison, both of whom keep a big smile on his face.
Yolanda Gallegos, Trustee
Yolanda Gallegos established her law firm, Gallegos Legal Group, in 1998 and has represented private sector schools throughout the country for over 30 years. Her practice focuses on guiding postsecondary schools through critical events such as governmental and accreditor investigations, corporate expansion and downsizing, and operational adjustments required in response to regulatory changes.
Yolanda has served as an expert witness in federal and state courts on matters related to the regulation of student financial aid and is a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of regulatory topics affecting higher education including her chapter on the Violence Against Woman Act regulations, which was published by Thomson Reuters in its book, Emerging Issues in College and University Security.
Among the kinds of cases Yolanda has taken through the years, she has successfully defended dozens of institutions in program reviews and audits before the U.S. Department of Education, and she has extensive experience in accreditation and state licensing.
Yolanda received her J.D. from the University Of New Mexico School of Law and her LLM in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center. She is a member of the District of Columbia, New Mexico and Illinois Bars. She is a recipient of the D.C. Bar’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award for her representation in litigation for a Central American immigrant.
Richard ("Dick") Corcoran, Trustee
Richard (“Dick”) Corcoran was a past member of the Waldorf Board of Regents, and attended Waldorf from 1968-1970. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, it was the opportunity to play football for Waldorf that brought him to this part of the country for which he is forever grateful, as it was at Waldorf, where he met the love of his life, DeAnn K. Olson, and eventually married her in 1971. Dick received his B.A. in 1973 in Political Science from the Augustana College, in Sioux Falls, S.D. He attended law school at Hamline University, in St. Paul, Minn. and received his J.D. degree in 1976. Dick was admitted to the state Bars of Minnesota, Ohio and South Dakota.
Dick was a partner in the law firm of Woods, Fuller, Shultz and Smith, in Sioux Falls for ten years. It was in 1991 that Dick left the private practice and became Executive Vice President of the Trust and Wealth Management Department at The First National Bank in Sioux Falls, a position he held for 28 years, until his retirement (the first time) at the end of 2016.
In 2018, Dick realized that he was not quite ready for full time retirement and came out of retirement and became the President and CEO of a new trust company, BitGo Trust Company of S.D. Dick served in this role during most of 2018 and 2019, until he eventually re-retired in 2020. Dick remains active in the trust and banking industry in S.D. as he continues to serve on a number of Bank and Trust Company Boards of Directors.
Dick resides in Sioux Falls with his spouse of 51 years, DeAnn. They have two adult children (Meghan of Evanston, Ill. and Ryan, of Orono, Minn.). They have 4 granddaughters and 1 grandson with whom they are actively involved.
Dick is proud to be the recipient of the Waldorf University 2009 Distinguished Alumni Service Award. In addition to his previous service on the Board of Regents, Dick currently serves on the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation Board and the Waldorf University Board of Trustees.
John Jay Hanson, Trustee
John Jay Hanson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with Honors from the University of Iowa School of Business followed by a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law.
Mr. Hanson worked as an advocate for injured passengers and crew in Miami at the start of his legal career. He soon founded his own firm representing individuals in educational disability, civil rights, gender discrimination and whistleblower cases. He also founded and managed a company that purchased, rehabilitated, rented and ultimately sold distressed real estate in Florida.
Mr. Hanson is Vice Chairman of the Board for MBT Bank in Forest City, Iowa, a board he has served on since 1995. He also serves on the board of the Hanson Family Foundation, one of the largest foundations in the state of Iowa.
Mr. Raymond M. Beebe, Trustee
Raymond M. Beebe has been on the board of directors of the Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation (“Waldorf Foundation”) for over 15 years and has served as chairman of the board through most of that period. He joined the Waldorf Board of Trustees in December 2022. While Mr. Beebe did not attend Waldorf, he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Waldorf at its May 8, 2021, commencement where he also delivered the commencement address. The doctorate was conferred to honor Beebe’s service to Waldorf and the Forest City community. He played an instrumental role in the purchase of Waldorf University from the Mayes family to the Waldorf Foundation in December 2022.
A native Iowan, Mr. Beebe graduated from high school in Avoca in 1960. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Iowa State University in 1964 and is a 1967 graduate of the University of Iowa, College of Law. Beebe and his wife, Joan, moved to Forest City in 1969 approximately six weeks after their marriage. They have resided there ever since.
He retired in June 2012, after serving as vice president, general counsel and secretary of Winnebago Industries, Inc. for 38 years, the longest tenure of any officer in the history of the company. In 2012 he received the Recreation Vehicle industry Association (“RVIA”) National Legislative Award for his efforts over many years in promoting federal and state legislation that was favorable to the RV industry. He was a founding member and served two terms as chairman of the RVIA Lawyers Committee.
He has for many years served as president of the Forest City Education Foundation and was instrumental in starting a mentoring program in Forest City. Beebe has mentored a multitude of high school and college age young men over many years. Ray and Joan have found great joy in awarding scholarships to many young people from Forest City High School, the University of Iowa, College of Law, Iowa State University and Waldorf University.
He is a recipient of the John K. and Luise V. Hanson Lifetime Achievement Award for years of dedicated service to the Forest City community and was inducted into the Forest City Education Hall of Fame. When a new track constructed for use by both the Forest City Community School and Waldorf University was dedicated April 2015, it was named “Beebe Track” to honor Ray and Joan for their contributions to Waldorf University, Forest City Community School and the Forest City community.
Likely the most meaningful award that he ever received was when in connection with the celebration of the Iowa Law School’s 150th anniversary in 2015, he was one of a select group of 150 Iowa Law School Alumni, both living and deceased, who were recognized for being leaders and trailblazers during the law school’s 150-year history. Beebe is an 18-year member of the board of directors of the Iowa Law School Foundation and has served as class agent for the Iowa Law School Class of 1967.
He received the Governor’s Volunteerism Award in 2003 from Governor Tom Vilsack for his efforts in working with the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to establish a scholarship program for college bound young people aging out of the foster care program. Beebe served as a member of the Iowa State University College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. Ray received a citation of achievement from the Iowa State University, College of Business, in 2005 for "Demonstrating Outstanding Achievement in Life Beyond the Campus." Beebe served on the board of directors of Francis Lauer Youth Services, a facility for at-risk young people in Mason City, for 16 years, most of them as chairman of the board.