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The President’s Advisory Council (PAC) is made up of the President’s Office staff, senior administrators and key staff members who work with the President’s Office on college operations, academics, alumni affairs, enrollment, student life, athletics, marketing, communications and development.

President's Advisory Council
John Marsden
Dr. John P. Marsden


Dr. John P. Marsden became the tenth president of Midway University on February 1, 2013. A transformational leader, he collaboratively managed a turnaround of Midway University through expansion of academic and athletic programs, coeducation, international partnerships, and financial stewardship. Midway University has had seven years of enrollment growth – reaching 1901 students in fall 2022 - with record numbers of traditional undergraduate, graduate, and dual credit students. This growth has been achieved while holding tuition rates, balancing operating budgets, and reducing debt by 38%. During his tenure, Midway University has added nine new majors, five new minors, two new graduate programs, a dual graduate degree, and six new graduate concentrations while reducing the student to faculty ratio. The university also has expanded athletics and now fields 28 varsity programs.

Leah Rice
Leah Barth Rice

Vice President of Finance & Administration

Leah Rice joined Midway University in 2010 and has held every role within the accounting department during her time at Midway. She became CFO in 2017. Leah is a big believer in the benefit of private higher education and loves to tell the story of Midway’s transformation over the years. Leah is passionate about higher education finances and studying the effects of leadership and debt on the higher education sector.

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Dr. Carrie Christensen

Vice President, Academic Affairs (Interim)

Dr. Carrie Christensen joined Midway University in 2019. She has over 20 years of faculty experience and her research interests include social behaviors in animals, and faculty retention and satisfaction. Dr. Christensen currently oversees the University's accreditation processes, Offices of Institutional Research, Institutional Technology, Instructional Design, Registrar, Student Success, the University's Dual Credit Program, and the University Library.

Tim Culver
Tim Culver

Vice President of Advancement

Tim Culver joined Midway University as VP of Advancement in August 2018. A veteran fundraising executive, he oversees all aspects of fundraising including the annual fund, capital campaigns, major gifts and planned giving, as well as alumni affairs outreach.

Ellen Gregory
Ellen D. Gregory

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Ellen Gregory is a veteran communicator with 25 years of experience in strategic marketing and public relations. She joined Midway University in August 2009 in the newly created position of Vice President of Marketing & Communications. In her time with the University she has coordinated all the marketing and public relations efforts associated with the rebranding of the institution, the institutional name change, as well as the identity transition of a women’s college to a fully co-educational institution in 2016.

Rusty Kennedy
Dr. William "Rusty" Kennedy

Vice President for Admissions and Athletics

Dr. Rusty Kennedy arrived at Midway in January 2016. Since that time, he has overseen many different areas on campus at various times. Beginning as just the Athletic Director in January 2018, he was named Assistant Vice President of Admissions and Athletics. In September 2018, he became Vice President of Admissions and Athletics. Since arriving on campus, Kennedy has overseen the dramatic changes in the athletic department that coincided with the move to co-education. During his time heading up the traditional admissions office on campus, Midway has also seen its four largest incoming classes in history, leading to record enrollment growth. Kennedy still leads the athletic department, which has grown to 28 sports involving over 600 student-athletes.

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Joseph Ryan

Dean of Students

Joe Ryan became the Director of Residence Life at Midway in fall 2016, an exciting time when men and women could both live on campus. In 2017, Joe enrolled in a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership program and is currently working on finishing a dissertation focused on nontraditional adult learner success in college. Joe left Student Affairs in 2018 to serve as the Director of Advising but made a return to Student Affairs in October 2020, where he currently serves as the Dean of Students.