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David King





David E. King, Ed.D., President

King began his term as the thirteenth president of Malone University in 2012. He came to Malone from Eastern University where he had served since 1991, most recently as provost.  Prior to that position, he had also served as executive dean and as chief development officer for the Campolo College of Graduate & Professional Studies, as vice president for administration, and as director of human resources. He has also served as commissioner on the commission for chief academic officers, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), board of directors of College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), and numerous academic committees.  He has been awarded Honorary Life Membership, Distinguished Service Award, Diedrich K. Willers Award, and Excellence in Human Resources Practice Award by CUPA-HR. King earned a B.S. in social work from Eastern Mennonite University; M.S.  degrees in human services administration and human resources development from Villanova University; an education management certificate from Institute for Education Management, Harvard University Graduate School of Education; and the Ed.D. in higher education administration from Temple University.

Elaine Arick

Elaine Arick, Vice President for Finance & Business Affairs

Arick was appointed chief financial officer in July 2016.  She began working at Malone in 1994 and previously served as Business Office Supervisor, Assistant Controller, and Budget Manager, bringing familiarity with both student and institutional needs to her new role. 
Arick is responsible for overseeing the business office, finance and treasury management, information technology, human resources and physical plant, budgeting, auxiliary enterprises, internal and external audits, risk management, and long term campus planning. Arick serves as the liaison to the University's Board of Trustees Finance and Audit Committee and Investment Sub-Committee. 
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational management from Malone University.


Chris Abrams

Christopher T. Abrams, Ed.D., Vice president for Student Affairs

Abrams provides leadership and vision in the administration of a comprehensive range of services, policies and procedures related to student life at the University, supervising the areas of athletics and student development.
He previously served in a student affairs capacity at Weber State University; John Brown University; Messiah College; and Houghton College; and as a house parent at the Milton Hershey School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Malone University, a master of arts degree in education from Alfred University, and his doctoral degree in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas. He has served at the senior leadership level at Malone since returning to his alma mater in 2004.



Timothy Bryan

Timothy Bryan, Chief of Staff, Vice President for Communication & Marketing 

Timothy A. Bryan joined the Malone community in July, 2014.

During his time at Malone, Bryan has provided leadership to the university’s marketing, event services, admission, graduate and professional studies, and financial aid units. He currently serves Dr. David King as chief of staff while directing the institution’s marketing efforts.

Prior to his Malone appointment, Bryan served for 26 years in positions of increasing responsibility at Hiram College, a private, liberal arts institution in Northeast Ohio. Bryan served Hiram as chief of staff, vice president for institutional advancement, assistant to the president, coordinator of strategic planning, director of college relations, and public information officer. At Hiram, Bryan was honored for his service with induction into the James A. Garfield Society, the institution’s honorary, and as the recipient of the Nancy L. Moeller Outstanding Commendation for Staff award.

Bryan’s community service activities include leadership roles with the Western Reserve Kiwanis Club, Akron Press Club, the National Alumni Board for the University of Akron, the Dapper Dan Club of Akron, Leadership Portage County, the United Way of Portage County, and the Hiram Community Trust.

Bryan is a graduate of the University of Akron. His wife, Jackie, is a fifth grade teacher in the Barberton Public Schools. His son, Alex, is a senior at Hiram College.

Mike Fairless

Mike Fairless, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Facility Management

Fairless serves as administrator for all human resource-related functions of the University. He came to Malone with a strong background in safety, cost-saving, efficiency and productivity initiatives developed at the Biery Cheese Company, where he had served in a similar capacity for 14 years. Prior to that position, Fairless spent ten years in the service industry as manager, corporate recruiter and human resource generalist for Red Roof Inn Incorporated. Fairless graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor of arts degree in communication with a specialization in personnel, management, and administration. He was appointed director of human resources at Malone University in 2008.

Charlie Grimes

Charlie Grimes, Director of Pioneer Athletics

Charlie has served as director of Pioneer Athletics since 2008. Prior to this role, he served as the head track and field coach for 11 seasons. During his coaching career at Malone, the track and field teams won 11 total AMC conference championships, and nine NCCAA National Championships. More than 400 student athletes qualified for NAIA national championship competition under Coach Grimes, and more than 100 of those attained NAIA All-American awards. Known as a passionate and competitive coach, Grimes also served as a National Games Committee member for the NAIA championships in 2007-2008.  Grimes serves on the Student Development Directors council of Malone, and oversees all Athletic and intramural sports operations, including a staff of more than 60 coaches and administrators, nearly 470 student athletes, and hundreds of intramural participants. Under Grimes'  leadership, Malone completed its move to active membership in NCAA (National Collegiate Athletics Association) Division II. 

Linda Hoffman

Linda Kurtz Hoffman, Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Hoffman oversees all enrollment management initiatives for prospective undergraduate and graduate students. She arrived at Malone with 24 years of higher education enrollment and marketing experience in her previous roles as director of admissions; admissions & marketing specialist; vice president of admissions & marketing; and associate vice president of admissions at Roberts Wesleyan College. She has served in leadership positions for the Council for Christian Colleges & University Chief Enrollment Officers Commission, the National American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals, and Rochester Area Colleges. Hoffman has a bachelor of arts degree from Wheaton College and a master of arts from State University of New York College at Brockport. She was appointed director of undergraduate and graduate admissions in 2013.

 Deb Lee

Debra Lee, Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Lee provides support and leadership for 15 full-time faculty members in both undergraduate and graduate nursing degree programs as well as the health sciences; she has also facilitated numerous healthcare related collaborations within the academic community and beyond the University’s campus. She came to Malone with critical care, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, hospital administration, and research coordination in acute care, outpatient, and academic settings. Lee earned a diploma degree in nursing from Akron General Medical Center School of Nursing, the BSN from Malone University, and her Ph.D. from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. She returned to her alma mater as a member of the nursing faculty in 2007 as an adjunct, becoming full-time in 2009. She was named dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2012, the same year she was selected to receive the AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Professionals Fellowship.

 Linda Leon

Linda Leon, Director of Spiritual Formation

Leon provides support and leadership for a six-member ministry team who work together on student leadership development initiatives, relational ministry, and facilitating more than 300 spiritual formation opportunities each semester. Previously, she served as director of communications and recruitment at Messiah College’s Philadelphia campus before returning to her alma mater to oversee student outreach groups and assist the University pastor. She has served as a field staff member for the Coalition for Christian Outreach since 1993. Leon earned her bachelor’s degree from Malone University, her master’s degree from Geneva College; and the D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She is currently a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Leon was appointed director of campus ministries in 1997 and as director of spiritual formation in 2013.

Nate Phinney

D. Nathan Phinney, Ph.D., Provost

In this role Phinney provides support and leadership for approximately 50 full-time faculty in ten academic departments as well as two centers of excellence. He supports and guides program chairs and directors in their development, hiring, promotion and tenure, operational and capital budgeting and special accreditation. Early in his career, Phinney served as an admission professional, both as a traveling admission counselor and later in the directorship role. In this latter role he was responsible for developing and executing campus-specific marketing and recruiting strategies and materials. His academic discipline is religious studies. He holds the M.A., M. Phil, and Ph. D degrees from Yale University, and the master of arts in religion degree from Yale Divinity School. He is a 1990 graduate, summa cum laude, of Taylor University. He joined the Malone community in 2004.

 Deb Robinson

Deborah Robinson, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Robinson is responsible for developing and managing an international alumni organization; building regional alumni volunteers; and engaging alumni, parents and friends in the Malone community - encouraging support for the University - through events, regional gatherings, reunions, travel programs, and other outreach initiatives. Prior to her appointment, Robinson served for many years as an elementary school teacher. A gifted inspirational speaker, she is a recorded minister with the Evangelical Friends Church - Easter Region and a contributing writer for the Fruit of the Vine daily devotional and the Illuminate Bible study series by Barclay Press. She is a member of PEO International and volunteers as a docent with the National First Ladies Library. Robinson earned the bachelor’s degree in education from Malone University in 1976. She was appointed director of alumni and parent relations in 2000.

 Melody Scott

 Melody Scott, Director of Community Living 

In this role, Scott serves to foster an environment of intentional community among residential and commuter students. Scott previously served as youth director with the Evangelical Friends Church for eight years before returning to Malone where she has served as resident director, associate dean, orientation & special programs interim director, and as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Bible, Theology, and Ministry. She has also performed humanitarian work in the UK, India, Nepal, Hungary, Malawi, New Zealand, and domestically. Scott earned a B.A. degree from Malone University, a master’s degree in intercultural studies from Wheaton College, and a master’s degree in theology and religion from Durham University. 

 Mark Seymour

Mark Seymour, Vice President for Enrollment Management 

Seymour served Malone for a year as a volunteer consultant before taking over as vice president for Enrollment Management. 
He has more than 25 years experience leading enrollment operations including 13 years in a Christian university environment. He most recently was director of enrollment management and family relations at the Milton Hershey School; and previously was vice president for enrollment management at Eastern University. 
Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Messiah College and his master’s degree in non-profit management at Eastern. He and his wife, Tara, have three children.


Sharon Sirpilla, Associate Vice President for Development

Sirpilla oversees multiple aspects of the University’s advancement operations with a special focus on fundraising activities. She comes to Malone from Walsh University where she served as director of gift planning and major gifts. Prior to that position, Sirpilla served in various capacities of development at the University Akron. In addition, she had held positions with the Canton/Stark County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Stark Community Foundation, and the Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey organization. Sirpilla holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and sports communication from Slippery Rock University and a M.A. in Christian Ministries and counseling from Malone University. Sirpilla was appointed associate vice president for development in 2013.

 Brenda Stevens

Brenda Stevens, Director of Multicultural Services

Stevens provides support and leadership with regard to the unique needs of students of color and international students, serving as an advocate for a community that thrives on diversity. She brought with her a wealth of experience with the Summit County Planning and Economic Development Department, television station WDLI, the Buffalo Area Engineering Awareness for Minorities through the University of Buffalo, and The Education Enhancement Partnership (now Stark Education Foundation). Community volunteer service includes Canton Rotary, Leadership Stark County, Pathway: Caring for Children, the Martin Luther King Jr. Mayor’s Breakfast, and the Professional Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival’s Queen and Court Pageant. She earned the bachelor of science in journalism from Kent State University and a master of arts degree in higher education administration from the University of Akron. Stevens is a certified diversity executive through the Institute for Diversity. She was appointed to her position as director of multicultural services in 1996.

Stephen Weingart

Stephen Weingart, Vice President for University Advancement (2013) 

In this capacity, Weingart oversees the University’s advancement operations, while cultivating and managing a portfolio of donor and prospect relationships. Prior to his appointment, Weingart held several positions of increasing responsibility throughout his 25-year tenure with FedEx Custom Critical, most recently as global business strategist / manager, international business development, earning recognition with the company’s Bravo Zulu, Five Star, and Diamond Awards. Weingart has served in leadership positions on the Malone University Board of Trustees and Alumni Executive Board. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Malone University, the MBA from Baldwin Wallace University, and has completed post-graduate work at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He was first appointed associate vice president for development and then later as vice president for advancement at Malone in 2013.