Senior Leadership

At Grace College & Seminary, the senior leadership desires to represent Christ through the way they lead, teach and live their daily lives. Their goal is to honor the Lord through engaging change, pursuing expansion and developing momentum as Grace seeks to provide the best education and environment for every student. The senior leadership team is devoted to bringing glory to God through its commitment to serve, love and support the entire Grace family.

William J. Katip, Ph.D.

B.A. in Bible and Psychology, Grace College; M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Purdue University; Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, Michigan State University

Dr. Bill Katip’s numerous years of academic administrative experience have been invaluable in guiding the school through its many recent changes. Relationship building with faculty, staff, students and community members is an important part of his job as he seeks to understand and respond to the needs of Grace’s friends and family.

Ronald E. Manahan, Th.D.

Senior Advisor to the President
Diploma in Pastoral Studies, Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music; B.A. in Religion, Shelton College; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; Th.M. in Old Testament and Hebrew, Grace Theological Seminary; Th.D. in Old Testament and Hebrew, Grace Theological Seminary

Dr. Ron Manahan's visionary leadership has helped advance the institution through the development of new programs, the construction of new facilities, the expansion of global outreach, the facilitation of major gifts and increased tuition affordability for students and families. In his role as senior advisor to the president, Dr. Manahan assists Dr. Bill Katip with special projects.

Paul G. Blair, M.B.A.

V.P. of Financial Affairs
B.S. in Business, Eastern Illinois University; M.B.A., Eastern Illinois University

Paul Blair is responsible for the financial condition and integrity of the institution by overseeing its operating and capital budgets, revenues and expenditures, debt, business plans and forecasts, and by assuming a strategic role in the overall financial management and improvement initiatives of the institution. With more than two decades of Fortune 500 company experience, Blair has expertise in investor relations, strategic planning, business development and financial reporting. In the past, he has served as vice president of investor relations at Zimmer Holdings, vice president of strategic planning and development at Owens & Minor (Richmond, VA), and director of investor relations at Bindley Western Industries.

Drew R. Flamm, M.A.

V.P. for Advancement
B.A. in Comprehensive Communications, Cedarville University; M.A. in Organizational Communications and Leadership, Gonzaga University

Drew Flamm, Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), leads all aspects of institutional advancement, including vision, strategic planning, development and management of a team-focused staff, and a multi-million dollar campaign. Flamm has nearly a decade of leadership and fundraising experience, having served at multiple Christian colleges, leading advancement efforts in alumni relations, planned giving, annual funds, major gifts, donor research, capital campaigns and creating a culture of philanthropy.

Jeffrey A. Gill, Ph.D.

V.P. and Dean of the Seminary and School of Ministry Studies
B.A. in Psychology, The Ohio State University; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; D.Min. in Pastoral Studies, Denver Seminary; Ph.D. in Education Leadership, Western Michigan University

Dr. Jeffrey Gill was the senior pastor of Grace Brethren Church (Delaware, Ohio) for 20 years before joining Grace as dean of the Seminary in 2002. With two decades of pastoral experience, growing Grace Brethren Church from a handful of families to hundreds of members, Dr. Gill is a sought-after teacher and theologian. After leading Grace Theological Seminary for over a decade and earning his doctorate in educational leadership, Dr. Gill understands and offers the necessary educational and experiential components of ministry to Grace Schools.

John Lillis, Ph.D.

Executive V.P. of Academic Affairs
B.S., University of Kentucky; M.S., Air Force Institute of Technology; M.Div., Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary; Ph.D., Michigan State University

Dr. John Lillis’ extensive experience in Christian higher education has included teaching, overseas missions and leadership. During his career, he has taught physics, educational ministries and spiritual formation. He was the founder and dean of the Asia Biblical Theological Seminary while living in Thailand and the Philippines; the provost/executive vice president of Cornerstone University; and, most recently, the executive officer/dean of Bethel Seminary in San Diego. In addition to teaching and his academic administrative work, Lillis has served as a pastor in the United States and abroad. He also served as a major in the Michigan Air National Guard and as a captain in the United States Air Force as a nuclear research officer.

Cindy N. Sisson, M.A.

V.P. of Enrollment Management
B.A. in Psychology and Christian Ministries, Grace College; M.A. in Counseling, Western Michigan University

Cindy Sisson provides leadership for all the institution’s enrollment strategies by executing all admissions policies, programs, and services and guiding the development of marketing activities. Sisson establishes and directs all recruitment and admissions activities for residential and online programs, aligning them with the institution's mission and values. Additionally, Sisson oversees all financial aid decisions. Sisson also teaches in the Department of Behavioral Science and in the GOAL degree completion program.

James E. Swanson, Ph.D.

V.P. for Academic and Student Services, Assistant Professor of Sociology
B.M., William Tyndale College; M.A. in Counseling, Eastern Michigan University; Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration: Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University

Dr. Jim Swanson spends his days meeting with Student Affairs staff and student leaders, helping to guide life in the residence halls. He oversees chapel planning, campus safety, the first-year experience, the general education Core, the library, athletics, the registrar, clubs, organizations and other areas of life for students both inside and outside the classroom at Grace. In addition to his responsibilities as vice president of academic and student services, Dr. Swanson uses his counseling background to teach in the School of Behavioral Science and serve as director of the M.S. in Higher Education program.

Carrie A. Yocum, Ph.D.

V.P. of Administration and Compliance
B.S. in Social Work, Manchester College; M.S.W., Andrews University; Ph.D. in Leadership, Andrews University

Dr. Carrie Yocum assists in the overall academic administration of the institution with a focus on accreditation, academic policies, compliance, institutional effectiveness, technology and human resources.