I am so excited to be a part of the team here at Evangel University. Our greatest strength as a university lies in our relationships. We have a culture that encourages the creation of relationships with our students through caring behaviors toward and involvement with our students. Over and over again, it has been evident by our students' feedback that those great relationships are what set us apart from other universities. I personally enjoy working with our students as they pursue their academic and professional goals. It's great to be a part of helping each student see their dreams come to life here at Evangel.
Title: Director of Retention, Adjunct Professor
Office: Office of Retention, Riggs Hall, Room 202A
Master of Organizational Leadership, Evangel University, 2011
Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, Evangel University, 2005
Prior to joining Evangel in the fall of 2007, I served as a member of the following management teams:
JPMorgan Chase as the Director of Community Relations
The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce as the Manager of Business and Workforce Development
T-Mobile USA as the Incentives Manager
Job Responsibilities: It is the Office of Retentionís mission to assist students in achieving his or her academic goals by helping them succeed in their desire to graduate from Evangel University. The Office of Retention works to identify common student obstacles, as well as work with students individually, assisting them through transitions or other challenges. Additionally, we serve as a resource to parents.
Org Memberships: I have a very strong belief in the value of community, and as such I love to be involved where I can:
Board Member - Mayor's Commission for Children
Board Member - Rotary Club, Springfield Metro
Council Member - City Utilities Advisory Council
Courses Taught: Communications and Community Relations, Personal Finance, and Personal Leadership
Started Work: September 24, 2007
Favorite Thing About Work: I love working with students to help them reach the goals that brought them to Evangel.
Was an Evangel Student: I earned my Master of Organizational Leadership degree from Evangel in 2011 and my Bachelor of Business Administration in Management degree in 2005.
Favorite Memory as a Student: Friendships with students and professors!
Personal Information: I have been married to Eddie Spain for 35 years and we have three children. Eddie serves as the Administrative Director of Neurosciences for Mercy Hospital. Our oldest son Jake is married to Pam. Jake is a physician with Mercy,and Pam teaches at our local community college. They have one daughter, Katie. Our middle child is Luke, and he is a senior at Evangel studying Criminal Justice. Luke has an entrepreneurial spirit and started his own auto detailing business when he was 17. Our youngest is Alexandria. She is a pharmacy tech with Walgreens and attends Ozark Technical Community College.
Other: My Strengths are: