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Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel

Since 2011, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Daniel, MPA, NHA, has been president and CEO of United Church Homes (UCH), a national nonprofit sponsor of residential, long term, and rehab services for older adults and the disabled. Founded by the United Church of Christ in 1916, UCH has over 4000 residents and 1400 employees in 15 states and 2 tribal nations in Nebraska and Minnesota. Dr. Daniel earned a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, a Master in Pastoral Counseling from Moravian Seminary, and a Master of Public Administration from Marywood University.  He also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Heidelberg University. Dr. Daniel is a trustee and past interim president of the Lancaster Theological Seminary. Dr. Daniel is married to the Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Senior Pastor of Evangelical Reformed UCC in Frederick, Maryland.

Richard SidwellRich Sidwell

Birthright member of Middleton Ohio Friends Meeting (Ohio Yearly Meeting of Friends, Conservative).  Head of School, Olney Friends School (2003-2011); Business Manager, Olney Friends School (1999-2003); Self-employed co-owner of Sidwell Division, Raven Rocks Concrete, Beallsville OH (1975-1999). Co-Founder and Treasurer of Raven Rocks, Inc. a 1250-acre wilderness preserve and alternative energy demonstration center near Beallsville, OH (1970-Present).  Founding and current President of the Barnesville Area Rails to Trails Committee; Past President and member of the Barnesville Rotary Club. Other board service: Ohio Association of Independent Schools; Friends Council on Education; Barnesville Blue Ribbon Economic Development Committee; and current Executive Director of Captina Conservancy Land Trust. 1968 B.A. (History and Secondary Education) graduate of Wilmington College; While at Wilmington was a Work-Study participant (Randall Auto parts), Soccer player, residence Hall counselor, and scholarship recipient.



Corey CockerillCorey Cockerill

Dr. Corey Cockerill is a professor of agriculture and communication at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio. She received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2006 in the areas of environmental sociology and communication, and prior to her academic appointment, served as the electronic communications manager at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Her research focuses on natural resource management and conservation policy, and her work has been featured in several recent book publications including Global Degradation of Soil and Water Resources in 2022 and Introducing Global Issues in 2016 and 2021. Dr. Cockerill served for 6 years on the board at Energize Clinton County, a nationally recognized and award-winning community development organization, and has held memberships with the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA), the Soil and Water Conservation Society, the Association for Conservation Information, the International Association of Business Communicators, and the Outdoor Writers of Ohio. She is the recipient of the 2012-13 Student Government Association award for teaching excellence, the 2013 OHIO Magazine Excellence in Education Award, and the 2021 SOCHE Faculty Excellence Award. She resides on a farm in Leesburg, Ohio with her husband and two children.

Chip Murdock

Entering his 23rd year at Wilmington College, Chip serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Service and Civic Engagement. Diversity and Service were in his DNA from a young age. Being the son of an anthropologist, Chip learned to appreciate the various aspects of human differences and has been able to apply those principles throughout his life.

In his roles here at WC, Chip facilitates a wide array of programs for both the Office Diversity and the Center for Service and Civic Engagement, aimed at benefitting the entire campus. The focus of many of these programs promote service, dialogue and understanding. Chip holds a BA from Oral Roberts University in Music Composition and Business and received his post graduate education from both Miami University (MM Music Theory) and Tennessee State University.

Brittanie ClaireBrittanie Clair

Brittanie Clair is a fourth year student at Wilmington College, graduating in May with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education Studies with a minor in Psychology. She recently finished her term as the Student Body President. “I enjoyed every minute of it,” she said. Brittanie has worked in multiple offices during her time at WC, including the Office of Diversity & Inclusion as well as the Student Affairs Office. During her senior year, she has served as a Resident Assistant and currently hold that position in an upperclassmen residence hall.

CarlosCarlos Stewart

Carlos Stewart is a native Daytonian who attended Wilmington College where he attained his B.A. in Criminal Justice. He then attended Eastern Michigan University where he received an M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice. He has worked in Higher Education for the past 20 years and continues to challenge students, faculty, and professionals in all industries to be their absolute best selves. As a Diversity and Identity Development educator, and a practitioner of Higher Education, Carlos is committed to ensuring all community members have the opportunity to do the intentional “work” that is necessary to develop into meaningful and productive members of the larger society.


Doug WoodmanseeDouglas Woodmansee

Douglas Woodmansee is active in Wilmington Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, currently serving as Clerk of the Wilmington College Committee. He is a member of Wilmington Friends Monthly Meeting, currently serving as Clerk of Trustees. He resides in Wilmington with his wife, Patricia Thomas, and spends time assisting his mother in the management of the family farm in Highland County. He received his Ph.D. in Zoology from Iowa State University in 1986 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1988. His research work focused on opportunistic parasites affecting persons with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). He joined the Wilmington College Department of Biology in 1991 and retired in 2018.



Randy Gardner

Randy Gardner was appointed by Governor Mike DeWine the 10th Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education in January 2019. As Chancellor, he oversees the state’s two-year and four-year colleges and universities and Ohio Technical Centers. In addition, the Chancellor provides policy guidance to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly and carries out state higher education policy.

During the first year of the DeWine Administration, Chancellor Gardner made more than 100 college and university visits to 74 different campuses, an ambitious schedule meeting with university leaders, faculty, and students throughout Ohio.

Before becoming Chancellor, Gardner served a combined total of 33 years in the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives. A well-respected leader, Gardner served in seven different elected leadership positions, including Senate President Pro Tem, House Speaker Pro Tem, and Senate Majority Leader during his final term in the Senate. He also served as chairman of both the House and Senate Higher Education committees.

In the General Assembly, his work ethic was exemplified by his 100% voting record over 33 years. His 10,433 consecutive roll call votes on bills, amendments, and resolutions earned him the nickname “the Cal Ripken of the state legislature.”

Gardner received his bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in political science, both from Bowling Green State University. Prior to his career in public service, he worked as a realtor and high school history and government teacher.

Gardner and his wife, Sandy, reside in Bowling Green and are the parents of three children — Brooks, Christina, and Austin.


BrandiBrandi James

Brandi James is a 2018 graduate of Wilmington College who currently is nearing completion of a chemistry Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati. The College’s faculty staff and members of the Class of 2018 will fondly remember Brandi’s vocal rendition of “Rise Up,” which she performed with members of the College Chorale at WC’s 142nd annual Commencement on May 12, 2018.


Erika A. Goodwin

Dr. Erika Goodwin currently serves as the Provost of Wilmington College. She is also a tenured Professor of Sport Sciences/ Athletic Training. She continues to teach the research and statistics courses for the Athletic Training education program and spearheads the seniors’ capstone research projects. Her tenure at the college began in 1995. In addition, she serves on the Peer Corps for the Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional institutional accreditors in the United States based out of Chicago, Illinois. She served as interim president of the college in 2020 and was the VP for Academic Affairs for many years at the college.


Dave Weininger

Dave Weininger possesses a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in mathematics from Bowling Green State University. In 1985, he began as an assistant professor of mathematics at Heidelberg University and retired from Heidelberg University in 2015 as Provost.

That same year, the Heidelberg Board of Trustees granted him the rank of Emeritus Provost and Professor of Mathematics. He maintains close friends at Heidelberg and treasures their friendship as well as his time there.


TyroneTyrone Michael Bates, Sr.

Tyrone M. Bates, Sr., was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1959 and arrived in Chicago Illinois in the 1960’s. He attended and graduated from Roberto Clemente High School in 1974. He also attended and graduated from George Williams College in 1982. He is the oldest of seven children and is married to Yolanda Britton-Bates. He is the father of seven children: Dr. Tyrone Michael Bates Jr., Dr. Trevor Mackenzie Bates, Tristan Marcelius Bates, Tamish Ma’Shea Bates, Trenae Mariah Bates, Yolanda Antionette Bates and Tyrin Manuel Bates. He started his professional work at Blue Gargoyle Social Service agency and later worked for Chicago Youth Center, lastly joining the Chicago Police Department as a patrolman in 1988. He was promoted to Sergeant of Police in 2000 and retired from the Chicago Police Department in 2014.



ChukukaChukuka S. Enwemeka

Chukuka S. Enwemeka is the Founding President of James Hope University, Lagos, Nigeria. Before joining James Hope University, he served as Provost and Senior Vice President of San Diego State University for four years, and as a Distinguished Professor and Dean of the College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee (UWM) for five years. He joined UWM after serving more than six years as Professor and Dean at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Old Westbury, New York. Before his tenure at NYIT, he was Professor and Chairman of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Kansas Medical Center for 10 years.

Dr. Enwemeka earned his Ph.D. from New York University, and is a Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. As a seasoned academic, Chukuka is one of the foremost authorities in the use of lasers and light technologies to eradicate bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed research and professional publications and holds several US and international Patents on light technologies. Selected media coverage of Professor Enwemeka’s academic works includes reports by Reuters, CBS News, United Press International (UPI), Entrepreneur, Photonics, Forbes, Fox Business News, Science Daily News, WebMD, The Nigerian Guardian, Gulf News, Daily India as well as television interviews by CNBC, PBS and NABNTV.



TamishTamish Bates

Tamish M. Bates is a vocalist, songwriter, producer and content creator based in New York, New York.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Tamish has been sharing her gifts her entire life in all areas of the arts, from singing, to dance and choreographing, performance poetry, acting, and choir directing. From a young age, it was evident that her artistic talents contained something very special, as it wasn’t simply “performing”, but through her ministry and performances, God was able to touch and reach people in a powerful way.

After graduating from Syracuse University and tackling the fast-paced world of Advertising in NYC, Tamish took the ultimate leap and decided to pursue her purpose full-time.

With a lot of dedication, Tamish has had the pleasure of sharing her original music on Good Day Chicago (FOX Morning News), opening up for 11x Grammy award-winning artist, songwriter, and producer, Babyface, 6x Grammy-nominated artist, Kelly Price, and Hip Hop pioneers, Slick Rick and MC Lyte, providing backing vocals for Mariah Carey and Slick Rick, performing at various festivals and events across the US, and touring Europe as a lead vocalist, among several other opportunities.

Tamish is earnestly and enthusiastically, living her purpose in order to reach and change the world for the better, all while inspiring others to do the same.

PeggyPeggy J. Sturdivant

In 1982, began her professional career in the higher education field as the Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Wilmington College. In 1987, joined the Cincinnati ATP Championship (now the Tennis Masters Series Cincinnati) as the Marketing and Ticket Manager. In 1991, started independent business consulting in the areas of marketing, budgeting and operations, with specialty being the use of technology solutions to enhance systems and increase efficiency.  Consulted exclusively with the Oral Care R&D group at Procter & Gamble from 1997 – 2012, then retired at the end of 2012.  B.A. from Wilmington College, and an MBA degree from Xavier University.  Peggy joined the College’s Board of Trustees in 2013 and served as chair from 2018 through 2021.

Kassandra BatesKassandra Bates

Kassandra serves as a Utilization Management Case Manager for Neurocritical Care, Neurovascular and the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  She has been in this role for the past 11 years.  She has earned both a BS and an MBA and has personal experience leading interior design projects.  She was born and raised in Tiffin, OH and has four siblings.  Kassandra is married to her best friend, Trevor, and they are raising two boys, Ethan (16) and Liam (5).  Kassandra became Wilmington College’s First Lady in 2021 and has been very involved in planning events on campus, including but not limited to Student events/dinners, Commencement, and the current presidential inauguration.

Gina BeckGina Beck

 Gina Beck, soprano, has been a voice instructor at Wilmington College since 2008 and director of Wilmington College Chorale since 2015. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Education, Music 7-12, vocal and instrumental from Wilmington College where she performed in Wilmington College Chamber Singers, Community Chorus, Chorale and Collegium. Gina discovered her passion for choral conducting when she had the opportunity to serve as the student conductor of Chorale, and later pursued an M.A. in Performance, Choral Conducting, at Wright State University, where she assisted the directors of Women’s Chorale and Collegiate Chorale on several occasions.

In addition to teaching at Wilmington College and 27 years at her private music studio, Gina is heavily involved with regional and community theatres in Wilmington, Dayton and Cincinnati. Her career spans over 40 years and includes directing, music directing and vocal coaching, as well as acting. Some of her favorite roles are Janet van de Graaf in The Drowsy Chaperone , Dot in Sunday in the Park with George , Eva Peron in Evita , Fantine in Les Miserables and Cunegonde in Candide, just to name a few. Gina has the privilege of sharing the Wilmington College stage with her students from time to time, as well.