President John S. Pistole earned his bachelor’s degree from Anderson University in 1978. He went on to earn a juris doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law before going into practice for two years. Pistole began a career with the FBI in 1983 before he rose through the ranks and was appointed deputy director in 2004.
In March 2006, the FBI honored Pistole with the 2005 Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive. President Barack Obama appointed Pistole as head of the Transportation Security Administration in the spring of 2010 and his appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 25. In July, 2010, Janet Napolitano, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, swore in Pistole as director of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Learn more about President Pistole.
Dr. Marie Morris was named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at Anderson University in 2009 and Provost in 2011. She previously served as Vice President and Undergraduate Academic Dean at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Morris earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Eastern Mennonite University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Nursing Administration from George Mason University.
Jen Hunt, Vice President for Advancement
In October of 2016, Jen Hunt returned to her alma mater, Anderson University, as Director of Development. Since September 2017, Jen has served in the role of Vice President of Advancement.
Jen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from AU and her law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. Her career in development began in 2000, when she joined Deaconess Hospital Foundation in Evansville, Indiana as the Annual and Planned Giving Officer. Prior to coming to AU, she served as the Director of Development and Communications for the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention in Indianapolis for more than 10 years.
A native of Indianapolis, Jen lives on the northeast side of Indy with her husband, Steve, and their two daughters, Abby and Cassie.
Her passion for Anderson University stems from the positive academic and spiritual foundation she received while a student here. She is excited about the opportunity to provide those same kinds of experiences for students today. Her primary role is to connect donors who share a passion for AU with meaningful giving opportunities.
Jen has been at Anderson University since 2016.
Ryon Kaopuiki, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing
Ryon Kaopuiki was named Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing in 2017. He has over 20 years of higher education experience and most recently served as Campus President for Harrison College in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he led operations for the college system’s main campus, online division, and culinary school - The Chef’s Academy. Ryon has also held the positions of Vice President for Enrollment Management, Vice President for Admissions, and Director of Student Management throughout his career.
Kaopuiki serves as a board member for Nehemiah Vision Ministries in Chambrun, Haiti and is an active member of Northview Church in Carmel, IN. Ryon received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Oregon University.
Jim Ragsdale, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer
Jim Ragsdale BA ’83 began his tenure as vice president for finance at AU on March 12. He previously served as senior financial analyst for St. Vincent Health Indiana at Ascension Information Systems. Ragsdale earned his bachelor’s degree from Anderson College, and his MBA from IUPUI. He and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Stephen and David (both AU graduates) and he is active in ministry at South Meridian Church of God, serving as a youth leader and as chair of the Board of Elders.