Dr. Rebecca J. Stoltzfus

Dr. Rebecca StoltzfusPresident

Goshen College 2017 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7180

B.A., Goshen College
M.A., Cornell University
Ph.D., Cornell University

President Rebecca J. Stoltzfus became the 18th president of Goshen College in 2017. A 1983 Goshen College graduate, she was vice provost for undergraduate education and professor of human nutrition at Cornell University before returning to lead her alma mater.

President Stoltzfus studied chemistry at Goshen College and received master’s and doctoral degrees in human nutrition from Cornell University. Before joining the Cornell faculty in 2002, she taught human nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore, Maryland) — the top-ranked school of public health in the United States. Her ongoing research focuses on the causes and consequences of malnutrition in women and children in low-income countries.

As a vice provost at Cornell, President Stoltzfus oversaw initiatives designed to enhance undergraduate instruction and campus efforts to support inclusivity and academic success for all 14,000-plus undergraduate students. She was part of the leadership team of Engaged Cornell, a university-wide public engagement initiative.

President Stoltzfus is married to Kevin W. Miller, a 1985 Goshen College graduate. They are parents of two young adults, Lydia ’18 and Gabe Miller ’20.

Visit the president’s website.

Dr. Kenneth Newbold

Provost/Executive Vice President

Goshen College 2015 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7550

B.A., Bridgewater (Virginia) College
M.A., James Madison University
Ph.D., James Madison University

As provost and executive vice president, Dr. Kenneth Newbold runs the day-to-day operations of the college, serving as chief operating officer and providing oversight for athletics, academic affairs, student life, finance, enrollment management and marketing, as well as long-range planning.

Dr. Newbold came to Goshen College from James Madison University, where he led the institution’s sponsored research efforts. Additionally, he served as the director of the institute for energy and environmental research and director for the institute for infrastructure and information assurance. His research interests include critical infrastructure protection, homeland security policy, intelligence analysis and higher education.

Dr. Newbold graduated from Bridgewater (Virginia) College in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science. He completed a master of public administration degree with a concentration in higher education at JMU in 2001, and earned a Ph.D. in strategic leadership in 2014. His dissertation, “Influence of Entrepreneurship Education on Entrepreneurship Development in Post-secondary Education,” focused on the impact that education has on developing entrepreneurs.

Dr. Newbold lives in Goshen with his wife, Tiffany, and their two daughters.

Dr. Jo-Ann Brant

Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs & Academic Dean

Goshen College 1993 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7503

B.A., University of Alberta
M.A., McMaster University
Ph.D., McMaster University

As interim vice president for academic affairs and academic dean, Dr. Jo-Ann Brant is responsible for managing and administering the academic programs consistent with the mission of Goshen College and overseeing the Good Library, Mennonite Historical Library, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, general education, Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning, student Life and the registrar’s office.

Visit the academic dean’s website.

Dominique Burgunder-Johnson

Director of Marketing

Goshen College 2016 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7568

B.A., Goshen College
M.B.A., Eastern Mennonite University


Jim Caskey

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Goshen College 1997 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7556

B.A., Goshen College
M.A., LaGrange College

Jim Caskey became vice president for institutional advancement in January 2010 following 12 years working in the development office, first as the regional director of development and then as director of major gifts. Raised in Bluffton, Ohio, Caskey is a 1984 Goshen College graduate with an art major. After college he pursued a career as a designer and then lived with his family in Indianapolis while working as an account executive for Ropkey Graphics, Inc. for 11 years.

In 1997, Caskey returned to Goshen College to serve as the regional director of development, with responsibility for fundraising in the eastern half of the United States. During that period, he helped form the Maple Leafs Athletic Club, assisted with a capital campaign to raise funds for the Music Center and helped form the President’s Circle, the group of donors who give $25,000 for unrestricted use to the college annually.

In 2004, he began to focus primarily on maintaining strong institutional relationships with the college’s top donors. In 2006, Caskey became the director of major gifts, with a significant role in introducing the then-new president and vice president to key donors, doubling the size of the group of largest donors, as well as helping to design a comprehensive campaign.

As the vice president for institutional advancement, Caskey oversees development, alumni, church relations, and the Music Center.

Adela Hufford

Dean of Admissions

Goshen College 2012 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7706

B.A., Anderson University

As dean of admissions, Adela Hufford oversees admissions.



Gilberto Pérez, Jr.

Dean of Students

Goshen College 2012 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7434

B.A., Eastern Mennonite University
M.S.W., Universidad Interamericana in San Juan, Puerto Rico

As Dean of Students, Gilberto Pérez, Jr. provides direction and leadership to the offices of residence life, campus ministries, counseling and health and academic support center. He serves as a liaison among administrators, teaching faculty, parents and students. Perez communicates with parents and other necessary parties to address students’ personal and academic development. He serves broader campus community on select committees that address academic, institution and constituency concerns. As the adviser for Student Senate and director of student leadership program, he supports the larger learning environment through development of policies and programs promoting the personal growth of students within the college’s mission and values. Perez also assist offices in the interpretation and compliance of federal laws and guidelines, such as Title IX, FERPA, American Disability Act and contributed to successful reaccreditation process by the Higher Learning Commission.

Pérez has served as associate professor of social work at Goshen College since 2012 and became senior director of intercultural development and educational partnerships in the college’s Center for Intercultural and International Education in 2014. Prior to coming to Goshen College, Pérez was employed at Northeastern Center, a community mental health center in Northeast Indiana. There he worked on authoring the Bienvenido curriculum, a nationally recognized mental health promotion curriculum for Latino immigrants that addresses access to mental health services, increased knowledge of mental health and increased sense of belonging for Latinos in their respective communities. The curriculum has been implemented in 13 cities in Indiana and is available in 14 states across the United States.

Pérez earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), as well as a graduate certificate in conflict transformation from EMU. He earned a master’s degree in social work from the Universidad Interamericana in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. His social work experiences include hospice social work, emergency social services 911 and community mental health. Pérez lives in Goshen with his wife and three children.

Deanna Risser

Vice President for Finance

Goshen College 1999 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7557

B.A., Bluffton University
M.B.A., Indiana University, South Bend

As interim vice president for finance, Deanna Risser oversees accounting and auxiliaries such as the bookstore and dining hall services.

In her time at Goshen, Risser has worked in various departments in addition to her work in finance, including church relations, human resources, provost’s office and institutional research. She led a unit of Study-Service Term in Nicaragua in 2012. She was instrumental in updating the Employee Handbook and providing overall support for the 2015 comprehensive evaluation for continued institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.

Risser is involved in several local nonprofit organizations. She is past board chair and volunteers at Ten Thousand Villages in Goshen, and is current board chair at The Hermitage, a contemplative retreat center near Three Rivers, Michigan. Risser is a Middlebury native and resides in Goshen.

Visit the vice president for finance website.

Kathleen Yoder

Executive Assistant – Office of the President

Goshen College 2012 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7501

B.A., Goshen College

Kathleen Yoder became the Executive Assistant for the Office of the President and joined the Cabinet in Fall 2015. Yoder performs the administrative and operational functions of the office of the president and provost, manages the business of the president’s office and provides support for the board of directors. She works with the Cabinet to facilitate communication between administrators, faculty and staff, students and external constituents.

Yoder moved to Goshen and began working for the college in 2012. Prior to her current role, Yoder served on the Enrollment Leadership Team for 2014-15 and as the HLC Coordinator for the 2015 comprehensive evaluation for continued institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. She is married to Todd Yoder, a major gift officer at Goshen College. They are the parents of two Goshen College graduates.