Alumni News

UVF Employees Step Into New Roles

by Sarah Cushing - University Communications | Feb 16, 2017
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Throughout this season of organizational restructuring, UVF has asked faculty and staff to step into new roles to support the university and focus on current institutional needs. These individuals received no financial gain from this transition, but accepted these roles and responsibilities with a willingness to serve God and UVF students. UVF is excited to receive the wisdom and insight they will bring to their roles. 

Administration and Faculty 
Interim President Ron McManus, D.Min., joined UVF in January to help lead the university through its season of organizational restructure and selection of its next president. McManus came to UVF after former Interim President Byron Klaus, D.Min., stepped down in December 2016 due to his wife's health. McManus served as president from 1997–2000 of EQUIP Leadership, Inc., a not-for-profit Christian organization that specializes in training effective Christian leaders. He also served as president of the Center for Church Leadership. He is a member of the Assemblies of God Coaching Board, an initiative to facilitate a coaching environment within the AG, and also serves as a national consultant for the Church Transformation Initiative. His passion for equipping Christian leaders will help prepare UVF for the future as the university presidential search continues. 

Assistant Professor David Kim ’97, M.Div., was asked by the Board of Directors to step into the role of Chief Operating Officer. Kim is an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God and received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He began at UVF in the fall of 2015 as chair of the Intercultural Studies Department. He is a consultant to the Learning to Follow Network, USA, where he provides oversight of vision, strategic planning, and leadership reorganization and coaching. 

Professor Todd Guevin, Ph.D., accepted a new administrative role as the vice president of institutional effectiveness. Guevin has served at UVF since 2000 and has taught subjects such as environmental science and quantitative reasoning. He will continue to teach in the Department of Arts and Sciences.

Associate Professor Jerome Douglas, Ph.D., stepped into the role of vice president of academic affairs. Douglas has served the university for over ten years as professor and then chair of the Department of Church Ministries. He will also continue to teach in the Department of Church Ministries.

Professor David Dippold, D.Min., accepted the invitation to serve as chair of the Department of Church ministries. Dippold has served as a faculty member at UVF for more than 20 years, teaching courses for biblical studies and pastoral ministries. In his new role, Dippold will oversee curriculum development, lead the department and connect with students and faculty. He will continue as a professor, teaching students how to properly interpret the Bible.  

Assistant Professor Dominick Garcia, M.F.A., stepped into the role of director of marketing. In this role, Garcia will oversee the Office of Marketing as the office focuses on representing the university brand and serving the university both in the areas of recruitment and retention. Garcia will also continue to teach in the Department of Digital Media.

Department of Athletics 
Gretchen LeVan ’05 became the director of athletics, serving as a leader and overseer of the Department of Athletics. She previously served as the associate director of athletics and is also the women's basketball coach.

Assistant Professor Teelah Grimes accepted the position of compliance director in the Department of Athletics. In her role, Grimes will be responsible for the organization and administration of the Department of Athletics National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) compliance programs. She will also continue her role as the Sport Management program director and teach in the Department of Business.  


Christian Delcid ’13 became the director of student success. He previously served in the Office of Student Success as the career services coordinator. In his new role, Delcid will continue equipping students for a successful college and post-college career.

Claire Eiler ’12 became the Office of Admissions assistant director. In her role, Eiler will serve Admissions in their focus to connect with and recruit prospective students. She previously served as the office manager of the department. 

Romaric Setodji became the campus director in the Office of Student Life. Setodji has served in the Department of Athletics since Fall 2016 as head women's soccer coach. Setodji will also continue to coach the women's soccer team.

Doug Smith ’12 became the Office of Marketing creative director. Smith has served in the Office of Marketing since 2012, overseeing and producing the university’s design aesthetics. In his new role, Smith will oversee the creative aspects of Marketing.