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David KingDavid King, Ed.D., (2012), 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.

Administrative Assistant: Teresa Pittinger, Executive Assistant to the President; Assistant to the Board of Trustees 330-471-8121 


Chris Abrams

Christopher T. Abrams, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Affairs (2004)

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, enrollment, financial aid, 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 – most recently as vice president for student affairs -- since returning to his alma mater in 2004.

Administrative Assistant: Pattie Anderson, Administrative Assistant, Student Development


Timothy Bryan

Timothy A. Bryan,  Vice President for Marketing and University Communication, Chief of Staff (2014)

Bryan oversees campus-wide marketing and communication efforts in support of recruitment, retention, and fundraising initiatives. Prior to Malone, Bryan served in positions of increasing responsibility at Hiram College. Previous positions at Hiram included chief of staff, vice president for institutional advancement, assistant to the president, coordinator of strategic planning, director of college relations, and public information officer. He has also served as a reporter for the Record Publishing Company in Stow, Ohio, and as a freelance writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Bryan holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication from The University of Akron. He is an inductee in the Hiram College Garfield Society and a recipient of the Nancy L. Moeller Outstanding Commendation for Staff award. Bryan joined the Malone University community in July of 2014.

Administrative Assistant: Julie McAbee , Administrative Assistant for University Relations & Chief of Staff


Mike Fairless, Director of Human Resources (2008)

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.

D. Nathan Phinney, Ph.D., Provost (2015)

Nate Phinney 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.

Administrative Assistant: Becky Albertson, Executive Secretary to the Provost 


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.

Administrative Assistant: Jeana Findley, Office Manager for Advancement