President’s Council

James E. Brenneman, President
Lee Snyder, Interim Provost/Executive Vice President
Jim Caskey, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Jim Histand, Vice President for Finance
Gilberto Perez, Senior Director of Intercultural Development and Educational Partnerships
Anita Stalter, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean

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, Jim 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.

Jim 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, Jim’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 in 2006 upon receiving a $12.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. and became the second Indiana college president to sign the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment to work toward a carbon neutral campus in 2007.

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Dr. Lee Snyder

Interim Provost/Executive Vice President

Goshen College 2014 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7550

B.A., University of Oregon
M.A., James Madison University
Ph.D., University of Oregon

Snyder was the eighth president of Bluffton (Ohio) University, where she served from 1996 until retiring on July 31, 2006. She was the college’s first female president. Previously, Snyder worked at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia, as the vice president and academic dean for 12 years. She joined the EMU faculty in 1974 and taught part time in the humanities and in English while serving as an assistant in the dean’s office from 1974 to 1982. Snyder returned to EMU to serve as interim provost for the 2008-09 school year.

A native of Harrisburg, Ore., Snyder attended EMU for one year and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon. Later she received a master’s degree in English literature and linguistics from James Madison University and a doctorate in American and Victorian literature from the University of Oregon.

Snyder and her husband, Delbert W. Snyder, taught in Nigeria from 1965 to 1968. She has also held assignments in Asia and Latin America. Her many board and association assignments include: chair of the China Educational Exchange Board, chair and moderator of Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA and a member of Mennonite Health Services Alliance Board of Directors.

Snyder and her husband, who have two adult daughters, are members of Community Mennonite Church, in Harrisonburg, and associate members of Salem Mennonite Church in Oregon.

Jim Caskey

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Goshen College 1997 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7556

B.A., Goshen College

Jim 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, Jim 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, Jim 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, Jim oversees Development, Alumni, Church and Parent 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 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, Jim 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. Jim also taught high school for three years and coached several high school sports. At Goshen, Jim is responsible for the overall institutional budget and business functions of the college. He oversees the areas of human resources, accounting, physical plant/facilities, printshop, and auxiliaries such as the bookstore and dining hall services.

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Gilberto Perez

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

Pérez 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. Anita Stalter

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean

Goshen College 1987 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7503

B.S., Eastern Mennonite College
M.Ed., James Madison University
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Anita became vice president for academic affairs and academic dean in 2001 following 14 years as a professor in the education department and director of teacher education at Goshen College. Before coming to Goshen College she was a teacher in the Harrisonburg, Va., public school system and served as director of the school for youth and adolescents at Oaklawn Hospital in Goshen. As vice president for academic affairs, Anita 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, and the Registrar’s Office.

Visit the Academic Dean’s website.