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Goshen College president announces cabinet changes

Photo: From left, Jodi H. Beyeler, incoming vice president for communications and people strategy; Gilberto Perez, incoming vice president for student life; Dominique Burgunder-Johnson, vice president for marketing and enrollment; and Todd Yoder, incoming vice president for institutional advancement. Photo provided by Goshen College.

Goshen (Indiana) College President Rebecca Stoltzfus recently announced several internal leadership changes at the college. The newly formed cabinet will be fully in place as of July 1.

“At this time, with significant movement forward on our vision, mission and strategic directions, I am excited to announce several leadership changes to support the work that emerges,” Stoltzfus says. “I am grateful that people already in leadership roles at the college possess the talents needed, and were ready to step into new roles on my cabinet. The new vice presidential appointments align with our strategic directions and institutional commitments.”

  • Jodi Beyeler will serve as vice president for communications and people strategy, effective July 1. This is a new position for the college and in this role she will strengthen communications internally and externally, oversee human resources and seek to develop a culture for recruiting and retaining highly qualified employees who embrace and live out the college’s mission. Beyeler has worked at Goshen College since 2003, most recently as director of communications. Beyeler is a 2000 Goshen College graduate and earned a Master of Business Administration degree in 2019 from Goshen College through the Collaborative MBA program.
  • Dominique Burgunder-Johnson began serving as vice president for marketing and enrollment, effective May 1. She has worked at Goshen College since 2015 as director of marketing. In this role, she oversees the development, implementation and assessment of branding and marketing strategies, and provides direction and leadership to admissions and financial aid. Burgunder-Johnson is a 2006 Goshen College graduate with degrees in history and peace, justice and conflict studies. She studied marketing and communications at Central State University, and earned a Master of Business Administration degree in 2016 from Eastern Mennonite University through the Collaborative MBA program. She also served as a member of the Goshen College Alumni Board from 2013 to 2015.
  • Gilberto Pérez, Jr. will serve as vice president for student life, effective July 1. Having served as dean of students since 2017, in this new role he provides direction and leadership to a number of student-centered services including residence life, campus ministries, campus safety, student leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion, international students, career networks, community engagement, community impact, counseling and health, and athletics. Pérez earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and a graduate certificate in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He earned a master’s degree in social work from the Universidad Interamericana in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership with a focus on transformational leadership from the University of New England. He has worked at Goshen College since 2012, including as a professor of social work and senior director of intercultural development and educational partnerships in the Center for Intercultural and International Education.
  • Todd Yoder will serve as vice president for institutional advancement, effective July 1. He has been employed at Goshen College since 2012 as a major gifts officer, and as associate vice president of institutional advancement since fall 2018. In his new role, Yoder oversees the development office, the alumni office, church relations, the events office and the Music Center. Yoder is a 1984 Goshen College graduate who majored in biology and secondary education.

Deanna Risser, vice president for finance, and Dr. Ann Vendrely, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean, will continue in their roles. In addition to these six vice presidents, the cabinet includes the faculty chair, an elected position that changes annually. The executive assistant to the president, Kathleen Yoder, serves ex officio.

“I look forward to working with this cabinet team to advance our institutional commitments to student-centeredness, academic excellence, organizational effectiveness and an inclusive culture of joy, growth and purpose for all of our employees,” Stoltzfus says.

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