President’s Council

James E. Brenneman, President
Kenneth Newbold, Provost/Executive Vice President
Scott Barge, Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing
Jim Caskey, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Jim Histand, Vice President for Finance
Gilberto Pérez, Jr., Senior Director of Intercultural Development and Educational Partnerships
Ross Peterson-Veatch, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean
Launa Rohrer, Dean of Students

Dr. James E. Brenneman


Goshen College 2006 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7501

B.A., Goshen College
M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary
M.A., Claremont Graduate University
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

Educator, biblical theologian and church leader Dr. James E. Brenneman is the 16th president to serve Goshen College.

As a Goshen College student, Dr. Brenneman pursued an interdisciplinary degree, combining Bible, biology and natural science, and graduated in 1977. He went on to attend Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and completed a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. At Claremont Graduate University, he earned a master of arts degree in religious studies and a doctorate, with a focus in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament studies.

Dr. Brenneman was the founding lead pastor of Pasadena (Calif.) Mennonite Church, and spent 26 years there. Ordained in 1986, he is a credentialed minister of Mennonite Church USA. He also served on the faculty at Episcopal Theological School at Claremont (Calif.) in Old Testament scholarship.

As president of Goshen College, Brenneman’s vision for the Christian college includes it becoming more diverse, more sustainable and more known for the ways it is “healing the world, peace by peace.” He launched the Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning (now the Center for Intercultural & International Education) in 2006 upon receiving a $12.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. Since becoming president, the percent of traditional undergraduates who are Hispanic grew from 5 percent (2006-07) to 15 percent (2014-15). Brenneman became the second Indiana college president to sign the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment to work toward a carbon neutral campus in 2007. Under his leadership, the college has added its first master’s degree programs: M.S. in Nursing (2007), M.A. in Environmental Education (2008), M.A. in Intercultural Leadership (2013) and the Collaborative MBA (2014). In 2011, Brenneman helped launch three institutes on campus:the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism, the Institute for Ecological Regeneration and the Institute for Latino Educational Achievement. The general education program was overhauled and the Goshen Core was launched in 2012. Brenneman was reappointed for his second term in 2010 and for his third term in 2014.

Visit the President’s Office 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. Scott Barge

Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing

Goshen College 2010 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7110

B.A., Goshen College
Ed.M., Harvard University
Ed.D., Harvard University

Dr. Scott Barge returned to Goshen to begin work in the areas of institutional research and assessment in 2010 as he completed his doctoral studies in the Boston area. This marks his third stint at Goshen College, having worked in institutional research roles during the 2000-01 and 2004-05 academic years. From 2001-04, Dr. Barge served as Associate VP for Marketing and was on the English faculty at LCC International University, where he currently serves on the board. Prior to providing interim leadership to enrollment and marketing efforts, he oversaw assessment and institutional research on campus, working with academic and administrative departments to ensure data-driven decision making in pursuit of clearly articulated learning and operational objectives. Dr. Barge also led institutional efforts to prepare for the 2015 comprehensive evaluation for continued institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.

Jim Caskey

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Goshen College 1997 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7556

B.A., Goshen 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.

James L. Histand

Vice President for Finance

Goshen College 1990 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7456

B.A., Goshen College
M.B.A., Temple University

Jim Histand became vice president for finance in 1997 after seven years as an assistant and associate professor of accounting in the business department. Prior to coming to Goshen as a professor, Histand was a practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA), first for a large regional accounting firm in Pennsylvania and later as owner of his own CPA practice. Histand also taught high school for three years and coached several high school sports. At Goshen, Histand is responsible for the overall institutional budget and business functions of the college. He oversees the areas of human resources, accounting, physical plant/facilities, and auxiliaries such as the bookstore and dining hall services.

Visit the V.P. for Finance website.

Gilberto Pérez, Jr. 

Senior Director of Intercultural Development and Educational Partnerships

Goshen College 2012 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7434

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

Gilberto Pérez, Jr. leads a team focused on creating a transformed learning community on campus, increasing access to Goshen College for under-served students and doing research on changing local demographics and their implications for higher education. This includes diverse student support, the Master of Arts in Intercultural Leadership (MAIL), research, and community outreach and education.

Pérez has served as associate professor of social work at Goshen College since 2012. 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.

Visit the Center for Intercultural and International Education website.

Dr. Ross Peterson-Veatch

Interim VP for Academic Affairs & Academic Dean

Goshen College 2007 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7503

B.A., Earlham College
M.A., Indiana University
Ph.D., Indiana University

As interim vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Ross Peterson-Veatch 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.

Launa Rohrer

Dean of Students

Goshen College 1995 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7543

B.A., Goshen College
M.A., Western Kentucky University

As Dean of Students, Launa Rohrer provides direction and leadership to the offices of residence life, campus ministries, counseling and health, and academic support center. She serves as a liaison among administrators, teaching faculty, parents, and students. Rohrer communicates with parents and other necessary parties to address students’ personal and academic development. She 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, she supports the larger learning environment through development of policies and programs promoting the personal growth of students within the college’s mission and values. Rohrer was a founding and active member of faculty team-teaching first-year interdisciplinary initiative. She 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.

Since returning to her alma mater in 1995, Rohrer has taught in the psychology department, led three units of Study-Service Term in Costa Rica and served as Associate Dean of Students for 13 years. She works to facilitate a positive relationship with the local city by representing Goshen College on the Downtown Goshen, Inc. Executive Board. She lives in Goshen with her husband and two sons.