General Information

As a Christian institution providing higher education in the liberal arts and selected professional areas, Southwestern Adventist University welcomes applications from students who will share the vision, values, and ideals of the university,  and whose desire for a successful education experience will enable them to commit to the total program of learning, development and service. The university is committed to equality and does not consider race, gender, age, disability, color, or national and ethnic origin in determining qualifications for admissions.

Admission is granted to applicants who meet admissions requirements and who will uphold the standards of the university in accordance to the Christian principles as taught by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Students are advised that admission is contingent upon the integrity of the information submitted to the University. Discovery of false information could be grounds for withdrawal of the offer of admission or for immediate dismissal. Dismissal would result in forfeiture of all charges paid and academic credits earned.

Carlos J. Craig, Chairman, Alvarado, TX 
Stephen Brooks, Vice Chairman, Burleson, TX 
Ana Patterson, Secretary, Cleburne, TX
Tim Bainum,* Glenwood, AR
Douglas Bowyer, Cleburne, TX

Carlton Byrd, Dallas, TX
Carol Campbell, Burleson, TX
Lee-Roy Chacón, Corrales, NM
Barbara Incardona Damron, Santa Fe, NM

Elton DeMoraes, Alvarado, TX
Richard C. Dye, Sr., Shreveport, LA
Edmund Fry II, Tyler, TX

Lili Gil Valletta, Southlake, TX
Todd Goodman, Mount Dora, FL

Penny L. Johnson, Fort Worth, TX
Kenneth Medlock, Duncanville, TX

Charles Mitchell, Killeen, TX
Sheree Parris Nudd, Gaithersburg, MD
John Page, Burleson, TX
Guillermo Pechero, McAllen, TX
Wayne Powell, Alvarado, TX
Arthur L. Rice, Dallas, TX
Renee Sensabaugh, Albuquerque, NM
James Shires, Oklahoma City, OK
Nerv Condon Thomas, Spring, TX
Max A. Treviño,* Burleson, TX

Timothy A. Whitley, Fort Worth, TX
Charlie Wilson, Keene, TX

*Emeritus Member

Officers of Administration

Ana Paterson, M.B.A. President

Donna Berkner Ed.D., Vice President for Academic Administration, Accreditation Liaison, Graduate Dean

Carlos Charnichart, Ph. D., Vice President for Financial Administration

Administrative Services

  • Matthew Agee, B.A., Associate Director for Security
  • Keith Beucler, M.S., Associate Director, Information Technology
  • Tina Bottsford, B.S., Coordinator of Guest Relations and Communication
  • Kip Bowser, B.S., Director of Client Services
  • Stephanie Campos, B.B.A., Financial Aid Counselor
  • Susan Grady, B.S., Director of Alumni & Events
  • Rahneeka Hazelton, M.A., Vice President for Enrollment Management
  • Connie Jenkins, B.S., Assistant Director of Admissions
  • Michelle Karmy, B.S., Registrar, Director of Records
  • Jason Kowarsch, Ed.D, Online Education Director
  • Russ Laughlin, M.Div., Vice President for Spiritual Development
  • Charles Lewis, B.A., Director of Information Technology Services
  • Genelle Martin, B.B.A., Human Resources Director
  • David Mendoza, B.S., Senior Software Engineer
  • Manuel Molina, B.A., Student Account Advisor
  • Moses Ndwiga, B.B.A., Accounting Clerk
  • Maria Alvarado Reyes, Director, Center for Academic Success and Advising
  • Jerry Potter, M.B.A., Assistant Student Accounts Director
  • Austen Powell, B.A., Office of Student Success
  • Tony Reyes, B.B.A., Vice President for Advancement
  • Eglae Sandoval, B.B.A., Career Guidance Counselor
  • Marcel Sargeant, Ph.D., Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness
  • James The, M.Ed., Vice President for Student Services
  • Cristina Thomsen, M.A., M.S., Librarian
  • Duane Valencia, M.B.A., Assistant Vice President for Student Financial Services
  • Satyanarayana Ramella, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Financial Administration
  • Edna Yanez-Perez, M.B.A., Accountant
  • Josafat Zemleduch, B.A., Director of Marketing and PR
  • Johanna Penick, Assistant Director of Records

Campus Services

  • Ken Hanson, A.A.S., Director for Physical Plant
  • Juan Carlos Enriquez, B.S., Director for Custodial Services/Transportation
  • Travis Gagau, B.S., Dean of Men
  • Dorie Cruz, M.A., Counselor/Coordinator, Disability Services
  • Rafael Romo, Supervisor, Grounds
  • Miguel Espinosa, Executive Chef/Director for Food Service
  • Janelle Williams, M.Ed., Dean of Women
  • Marcela Wall, M.S.A., Director, Bookstore
  • Tyler Wooldridge, B.S., Director, Facilities & Athletics

President Emeritus

Eric D. Anderson, Ph.D.
B.A., Andrews University, 1970; M.A., University of Chicago, 1972; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1978

Emeriti Faculty

Clinton J. Anderson, M.A.
Librarian B.A., Andrews University, 1963; M.A.T., Andrews University, 1976

Thomas G. Bunch, Ed.D.
Kinesiology/ Academic Vice President 

B.S., Pacific Union College, 1966; M.A., California State, 1968; Ed.D., Brigham Young University, 1977

Arthur V. Chadwick, Ph.D.
Biology and Geology

B.A., La Sierra College, 1965; Ph.D., University of Miami, 1969. Additional graduate study at the University of California

Watson L. Chin, Ph.D.

B.A., Andrews University, 1963; M.A., Ohio State University, 1966; Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1973

R. Edwin Connell, M.A.
Computer Science

B.A., Union College, 1964; M.A., Andrews University, 1972

Laurice Durrant, Ed.D.

B.S.N., Union College, 1951; M.S., Stanford University, 1965; Ed.D., Stanford University, 1971

Bonnie Gnadt, Ph.D.

B.S., Union College, 1964; M.S.N., Washington University, 1969; Ph.D., University of North Texas, 2004

Barbara Harsany, M.S.

B.S., Walla Walla College, 1959; M.S., University of Southern California, 1962

William L. Kilgore, D.Min.
B.A., Columbia Union College, 1976; M.Div., Andrews University, 1980; D.Min., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2003

Karl Konrad, Ph.D.

B.A., Andrews University, 1963; M.S., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1966; Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1969

Judy Myers Laue, Ph.D.

B.A., Andrews University, 1976; M.A., Andrews University, 1977; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1988

Robert R. Mendenhall, Ph.D.

B.S., Pacific Union College, 1967; M.A., Texas Christian University, 1977; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1994

Ronald Mitchell, Ph.D.

B.S., Walla Walla College, 1972; M.S., California State University, 1976; Ph.D., The University of Utah, 1988

Marie Redwine, Ph.D.
Academic Vice President

B.S., Union College; 1958; M.S., Northern Illinois University, 1971; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University, 1980

Glendal P. Robinson, Ph.D.

B.A., Pacific Union College, 1975; M.A., California State University, 1988; Ph.D., University of North Texas, 2004

Erwin Sicher, Ph.D.
Education and Social Sciences

B.A., Atlantic Union College, 1958; M.A., Pacific Union College, 1959; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1970; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University.

Catherine K. Turner, Ph.D.

B.S., Columbia Union College, 1963; M.S.N., University of Tennessee, 1980; Ph.D., Andrews University, 1995

Arthur L. White, M.B.A.
Business Administration

B.S., Walla Walla College, 1956; M.B.A., University of Washington, 1957. Additional graduate study at University of Washington

Lloyd A. Willis, Ph.D.

B.A., Pacific Union College, Avondale Campus, 1961; M.A., Andrews University, 1970; Ph.D., Andrews University, 1982

Andrew Woolley III, Ph.D.

B.A., Southern Missionary College, 1973; M.A., Andrews University, 1974; Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1978

Teaching Faculty

Nathaniel Adu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mathematics, 2022

B.S., University of Ghana, 2007; M.S., University of North Florida, 2016; Ph.D., University of Central Florida, 2019

Jean Alway, M.S.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing, 1995

B.S., Loma Linda University, 1975; M.S.N., University of New Mexico, 1992

Heather Archer Wilson, M.Ed.
Assistant Professor of Education, 2019
B.A., Texas A&M, 2003; M.Ed., Tarleton State University, 2011

Joaquim Azevedo, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion, 2014

B.A., SDA Theological Seminary, Brazil, 1988; M.A., Andrews University, 1994; Ph.D., Andrews University, 1999

Marcia Azevedo, M.S.N.
Associate Professor of Nursing, 2017

B.S.N., Adventist College of Nursing, Brazil, 1989; M.S.N., Andrews University, 1994

Donna Berkner, Ed.D.
Professor of Education, 2012

B.S., Southwestern Adventist University, 1992; M.Ed., Tarleton State University, 1996; Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2012

Elizabeth Bowser, M.A.
Assistant Professor of History, 2006

B.A., Pacific Union College, 1994; M.A., University of California at Riverside, 2000

Adrián Cecotto, M.S.
Assistant Professor of Business Administration, 2022

Licenciatura en Economia, Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, 2002; Master of Science in Financial Management, Universidad Internacional de la Rioja, 2020

Katherine Davis, M.S.N.
Assistant Professor of Nursing, 2021

A.S., Southern Adventist University, 1992; B.S.N., Western Governors University, 2019; M.S.N., Western Governors University, 2020

Jayne Ann Doneskey, M.A.
Assistant Professor of English, 2013

B.S., La Sierra University, 1981; M.A., La Sierra University, 1989

Renard K. Doneskey, Ph.D.
Professor of English, 1999

B.A., Southwestern Adventist College, 1981; M.A., Andrews University, 1983; Ph.D., University of California, 1987

Jonathan Duarte, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mathematics, 2014

B.S., Cagayan de Oro College, Philippines, 1999; M.S., Illinois State University, 2003; Ph.D., Illinois State University, 2010

Lakicia Foster, D.N.P.
Associate Professor of Nursing, 2017

B.S., Oakwood University, 2007; B.S.N., Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, 2013; M.P.H., Nova Southeastern University, 2011; D.N.P., Nova Southeastern University, 2020

Lindsey Gendke, Ph.D.
Professor of English, 2022

B.A., Southwestern Adventist University, 2008; M.A., University of Texas at Arlington, 2012

Terri Gibson, D.N.P.
Professor of Nursing, 2015

B.S., Angelo State University, 2005; M.S., University of New Mexico, 2008; D.N.P., Loma Linda University, 2016

Elisane Grellman-Almeida, M.S.N.
Assistant Professor of Nursing, 2021

B.S.N. Centro Universitario Adventista De Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2000; M.S.N., Grand Canyon University, 2018

Richard Brett Hadley, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Communication, 2021

B.A., Southern Adventist University, 1987; M.F.A., University of California, Davis, 2003

Alison Hill, M.A.
Assistant Professor of Communication, 2021

B.S., Texas Christian University, 1995; M.A., 2003, University of North Texas

Devon Howard, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music, 2016

B.S., Southern Adventist University, 2003; D.M.A., Arizona State University, 2012

Chad Hutchinson, M.S.Ed.
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, 2005

B.S., Southern Adventist University, 1998; M.S.Ed., Southern Adventist University, 2004

R. Steven Jones, Ph.D.
Professor of History, 1997

B.A., Northern Oklahoma State University, 1988; M.A., Oklahoma State University, 1990; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 1997

Kerrie Kimbrow, D.N.P.
Professor of Nursing, 2012

B.S.N., Union College, 1988; M.S., Loma Linda University, 1993; D.N.P., Southern Adventist University, 2017

Nicholas Madhiri, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry, 2011

B.S., University of Zimbabwe, 1999; Ph.D., West Virginia University, 2006

Erin A. Maloney, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology, 2020
B.S., Southwestern Adventist University, 2000; M.S., Stephen F. Austin State University and University of Texas Health-Science Center, 2008; Ph.D., Polish Academy of Sciences, 2012

Joyce Melius, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Nursing, 2018

B.S.N., Southwestern Adventist College, 1983; M.S.N., University of North Texas at Arlington, 1996; Ed.D., University of Texas at Denton, 2012

Zeimaliz Morales-Burgos, B.S.
ESL Director, 2023

Bachelor in Education and Technology, American University of Puerto Rico, 2019

Aaron Moses, Ph.D.
Professor of Business Administration, 2011

B.B.A., Northwood University, 2000; M.S., University of Texas at Arlington, 2008; Ph.D. University of Texas at Arlington, 2012

Vesa T. Naukkarinen, Ph.D.
Professor of Kinesiology, 2010

B.S., Southwestern Adventist University, 1999; M.S., University of North Texas, 2001; Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University,

Rogerio Nunes, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music, 2018
B.A., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 1993; M.Mus. University of New Mexico, 2012; D.M.A., University of Georgia, 2021

Gabriel Perea, M.Div.
Assistant Professor of Religion, 2023
B.A., Southwestern Adventist University, Keene, TX 2005; M.Div. Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, 2016

Jared Rice, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physics, 2022

B.S., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2008; M.S., Montana State University, 2012; Ph.D.; University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2018

Jorge Rico, D.Min., Ph.D.
Professor of Religion, 2006

B.A., Columbia Union College, 1986; M.Div., Andrews University, 1989; D.Min., Andrews University, 1997; Ph.D., Andrews University, 2006

Zaira Rico, M.S.
Assistant Professor of Psychology, 2021

B.S., Southwestern Adventist University, 2013; M.S., Texas Woman’s University, 2017; LMFT-Associate, 2018

Heidi Saenz, M.A.
Assistant Professor of English, 2022
B.A., La Sierra University, 2001; M.A., La Sierra University, 2003 

Chanda Santo, M.B.A.
Associate Professor of Business Administration, 2012

B.B.A., Southwestern Adventist University, 2009; M.B.A., Southwestern Adventist University, 2012; M.S., University of Texas at Arlington, 2018

Keila Santos-Crespo, Psy.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology, 2020
B.A., University of Puerto Rico, 2008; M.S., Carlos Albizu University, 2011; Ph.D., Carlos Albizu University, 2014

Paulino Santos-Andino, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Kinesiology, 2015

B.A., American University of Puerto Rico, 2007; M.A., Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico, 2009; Ed.D., Northcentral University, 2017

Arthur Schwarz, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology, 2011

B.S., Walla Walla College, 1978; M.S., Walla Walla College, 1984; Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan, 1988

Rima Seaman, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Nursing, 2019

B.S.N., Adventist University of the Philippines, 1992; M.S.N., Loma Linda University, 2008; Ed.D., Adventist University of the Philippines, 2016

Gerald Springer, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry, 2007

B.S., Oakwood College, 1993; M.S., University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1996; Ph.D., Kansas State University, 2001

Andrew Stojanovic, M.Div.
Assistant Professor of Religion, 2022

B.S., University of Queensland, 2007; M.Div., Andrews University, 2012

Tevita Tameifuna, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Education, 2021

B.Ed., Pacific Adventist University, Papua New Guinea, 1986; M.B.A., Loma Linda University, 1990; Ed.D., La Sierra University, 2008

Cheryl The, Ph.D.
Professor of Education, 2010

B.S., Pacific Union College, 1983; M.A., Pacific Union College, 1987; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University, 2018

Daryl D. Thomas, Ph.D.
Professor of Computer Science, 1995

B.S., Louisiana State University, 1976; Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1994

Jonathan Turk, M.B.A.
Associate Professor of Business Administration, 2021

B.A., Southern Adventist University, 1991; M.B.A., Southern Adventist University, 2005

Jonathan Wall, M.Mus.
Associate Professor of Music, 2009

B.Mus., Andrews University, 2005; M.Mus., Andrews University, 2013

Tony Zbaraschuk, M.L.S., M.A.
Assistant Professor - Library, 2016

B.A., Walla Walla College, 1989; M.L.S., Indiana University of Library and Information Science, 1993; M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1994

Licci Zemleduch, M.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Business Administration, 2021

B.A., Montemorelos University, Mexico, 1997; M.B.A., Montemorelos University, Mexico, 2019

Adjunct Faculty

Biological Sciences

Art Chadwick, Ph.D.

Computer Science

Keith Beucler, M.S.


Laura McCormick, M.Ed
Marcel Sargeant, Ph.D.

Music and Art

Joy Chadwick, B.F.A.
Marcela Wall, M.S.A.

History, Social Science

Randall Butler, Ph.D.
Chloe Norththrup, Ph.D.


Kim Vanhoose, M.S.


Ron Mitchell,  Ph.D.
Ann Smith, Ph.D.


Michael Gibson, M.Div.
Russ Laughlin, M.Div.

First name listed is chair.

Department of Biological Sciences

  • Arthur Schwarz, Ph.D.
  • Erin A. Maloney, Ph.D.
  • Jared Wood, Ph.D.

Department of Business Administration

  • Aaron Moses, Ph.D
  • Adrián Cecotto, M.S.
  • Chanda Santo, M.B.A.
  • Jonathan Turk, M.B.A.
  • Licci Zemleduch, M.B.A.

Department of Communication

  • Richard Brett Hadley, M.F.A.
  • Alison Hill, M.A.
  • Tamara Watson, M.A.

Department of Computer Science

  • Daryl D. Thomas, Ph.D.
  • Miguel Espinosa, M.Ed.

Department of Education & Psychology

  • Cheryl The, Ph.D.
  • Heather Archer Wilson M.Ed
  • Zaira Rico, M.S.
  • Keila Santos-Crespo, Ph.D.
  • Tevita Tameifuna, Ed.D

Department of English

  • Renard Doneskey, Ph.D.
  • Jayne Doneskey, M.A.
  • Lindsey Gendke, M.A.
  • Heidi Saenz, 

Department of History & Social Science, including Modern Languages

  • R. Steven Jones, Ph.D.
  • Elizabeth Bowser, M.A.

Department of Kinesiology

  • Paulino Santos, Ed.D.
  • Chad Hutchinson, M.S.Ed.
  • Vesa Naukkarinen, Ph.D.

Department of Mathematics & Physical Sciences

  • Nicholas Madhiri, Ph.D.
  • Nathaniel Adu, Ph.D.
  • Jonathan Duarte, Ph.D.
  • Jared Rice, Ph.D.
  • Gerald Springer, Ph.D. 

Department of Music

  • Devon Howard, D.M.A.
  • Rogerio Nunes, M.Mus.
  • Jonathan Wall, M.Mus.

Department of Nursing

  • Kerrie Kimbrow, D.N.P.
  • Jean Alway, M.S.N.
  • Marcia Azevedo, M.S.N.
  • Katherine Davis, M.S.N.
  • Lakicia Foster, D.N.P.
  • Terri Gibson, D.N.P.
  • Elisane Grellman-Almeida, M.S.N.
  • Joyce Melius, Ed.D.
  • Rima Seaman, Ed.D.

Department of Religion

  • Jorge Rico, Ph.D.
  • Joaquim Azevedo, Ph.D.
  • Andrew Stojanovic, M.Div.
  • Buster Swoopes, Jr. M.Div.