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July 20, 2018

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Bluffton University

University board recognizes outgoing trustees

Appoints new members, approves endowed scholarship

The Bluffton University Board of Trustees recognized three outgoing board members, welcomed two new members and approved a newly endowed scholarship during the trustees’ spring meeting in June.  

David Baumgartner ’82, of Berne Ind., was commended for serving 22 years as a trustee. Appointed to the board in 1996, Baumgartner served the maximum 12 years as a representative of Central District Conference of Mennonite Church USA. He has served as an at-large appointee of the board since 2008. 

$25,000 grant to university

For development of new experiential-learning course

A $25,000 grant will help Bluffton University implement a new, high-impact learning experience for sophomore students.

The NetVUE Vocation Across the Academy Grant will allow Bluffton to pilot and implement a 5-credit-hour course called Learning in Community.

Local students named to Bluffton’s Undergrad dean’s list

Bluffton University has announced the dean’s list for the undergraduate students for the spring term. Students with a GPA of 3.6 or higher are eligible for the dean’s list. Area students are:

Dakota Fredette, Arlington
Melissa Graham, Bluffton
Bryce Jordan, Arlington
Megan Moore, Bluffton
Bailey Prichard, Bluffton
Caroline Schutz, Rawson
Emily Tabler, Columbus Grove
Alex Weaver, Pandora
Ben Weaver, Pandora
Elizabeth Weaver, Pandora
Brianna Wicker, Columbus Grove

University names new track and field coach

Bluffton University has named Kaylea Jachno as head track and field coach and coordinator of cross country and track and field programs.

Jachno comes to Bluffton after serving for the prior two years as assistant track and field and cross country coach at Manchester University in North Manchester, Ind. In 2016, she served as an interim assistant coach at Indiana Tech University in Fort Wayne, Ind.

With six years of coaching experience, she has significant understanding of recruiting, athletics operations, and player training and development. She will start July 9.

Dr. Jane Wood era starts this week

Meet Bluffton University's new president

Dr. Jane Wood has accepted the call to serve as Bluffton’s 10th president, beginning July 1, 2018.

“Dr. Wood has demonstrated success in achieving enrollment growth at several institutions by leading academic program innovation, strategic planning, alignment and visioning processes that moved those institutions forward, along with proven success in building relationships for public and private partnerships to broaden the school’s reach,” said Kent Yoder, chairperson of the Bluffton University Board of Trustees.

Sean Elvert named Bluffton University's men's soccer coach

Bluffton University named Sean Elvert as its next head men’s soccer coach.

Elvert returns to Bluffton after serving as an assistant men’s soccer coach at Ohio Northern University for the past year. The two years prior, he was the assistant men’s soccer coach at Bluffton and briefly led the team as the interim head coach. In both assistant roles, he gained significant experience in recruiting, day-to-day operations and player training.
He will start head coaching duties in July.