Meet our Board of Governors
Antioch University’s leadership is comprised of a Chancellor, University Leadership Council, and a Board of Governors who work together to further the University’s mission and support faculty and students in all our programs. Together they are focused on creating a culture that fosters collaboration and shared responsibility across the University.
Paul Mutty, JD,
Paul Mutty joined the Board in February 2014. He served as the lead lawyer for the Americas and EMEA Regions is retired from Starbucks Coffee Company, where he and managed the global commercial, litigation, regulatory and real estate legal teams. These teams provide legal support for the major transactional work undertaken by the company, including work in support of its supply chain, IT and store development businesses. In addition, the teams manage commercial and general liability litigation and the company’s regulatory matters. Paul also spent a number of years helping with the development of Starbucks expansion into markets in Asia, South America, Europe and the Middle East. Paul’s experience includes the negotiation and establishment of numerous international joint ventures, complex license arrangements and acquisitions, and consulting on a variety of commercial, labor, employment, and dispute resolution matters.
Prior to joining Starbucks, Paul was Executive Vice President and General Counsel for SP Investments, Inc., a private investment company, and was a partner in the law firm of Riddell Williams in Seattle. Paul served on the Board of Governors of City University of Seattle, including a term as Vice Chair of the Board. He also served as a trustee of the King County Bar Foundation.
Paul holds a JD degree from Tulane University Law School and a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island. He lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife Lisa, with sporadic visits from their college-age kids, Sam and Nina.
William (Bill) Plater, PhD
Bill Plater joined the Board in October 2015. He is an American higher education consultant and Indiana University Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs, Philanthropy, and English, and Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties Emeritus at IUPUI. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his work in educational innovation, university civic engagement, internationalization, and the development of learning technologies. Before joining Indiana University in 1983, Bill was associate director of the School of Humanities at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Bill is a member of the National Advisory Panel on the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement. He has worked for WASC as Senior Advisor for International Affairs, conducting International Quality Assurance site visits world-wide. For 14 years, Bill served on CAEL’s Board of Trustees, including two years as chair. He is involved in the Delphi Project on Changing Faculty and Student Success (USC), where he is a contributor to meetings and papers on issues related to changing faculty roles. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis. In 2010, Bill served as an External Reviewer for Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change. He was a participant in a team of 14 people known as the Project on the Future of Higher Education led by Antioch’s Alan Guskin and Mary Marcy to develop models of institutional transformation to prepare colleges and universities to respond to external pressures for cost containment, accountability, and student-centered instruction.
Bill holds a B.A., a M.A., and a PhD in English literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has received honorary doctorates from Purdue University and the National Institute for Development Administration (Thailand).
Bruce Bedford, PhD
Bruce Bedford was first elected to the Board in 1998 and served 12 years until 2010. After becoming re-eligible to serve, he was re-elected to the Board in 2011.
Bruce retired as an Executive VP at John Nuveen Company, Inc., in Chicago where he’d been responsible for overseeing and guiding the growth, strategy, marketing, and development of Nuveen’s $50 billion Mutual Funds, Investment Trusts and Exchange Traded Funds. As a member of the Executive Committee, Bruce played a key role in helping direct the company’s philosophy, strategic direction, organization, and culture.
He joined Nuveen in January 1997 with the acquisition of Flagship Resources and its group of funds then located in Dayton, OH. Bruce had co-founded Flagship in 1983 and served as its Chairman and CEO where he performed a similar role for their extensive offering of primarily state and national municipal bond funds, and growing private account management business.
Bruce began his career in 1964 at Mead, the Dayton-based forest product company, where his work history as VP, Financial Affairs, and Treasurer included the strategic implementation of a broad range of successful corporate financing and investment programs. Long active in Mead’s extensive acquisition and divestiture programs, he also led the company’s corporate development program for a period.
Bruce is and has been director of several private and public companies. He is an active member of several professional associations and has served as director of various charitable organizations. He has previously served Antioch as Chairman of McGregor’s Board of Visitors from 1993-97. He graduated in 1964 with an MBA in international finance from Harvard Business School and in 1962 with a BS in industrial administrative/economics from Yale. His writings include The CFO’s Handbook and Computers from Small Manufacturers.
Marva Cosby, MA
Marva Cosby, SPHR, joined the Board in January 2017. She is President, Cosby Consulting Group, LLC and a certified leadership coach. She retired from Kodak where she served as a Human Resources executive.
In recognition of her community service and leadership, Marva was honored by the Dayton Area YWCA as a 2015 Women of Influence honoree and by the Dayton Daily News as a 2012 Ten Top Women honoree. Her community and professional experience includes currently serving as Governing Board Trustees with the Dayton Foundation and Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. Her previous board of trustees experience includes: Sinclair Community College; Montgomery County Workforce Policy Board and; Dayton Area United Way. She is an active and life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service organization. Additionally, she is a member and past president of the Miami Valley Human Resource Association, the local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Marva holds a master’s degree in Management from Antioch University and a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University. She has earned the Senior Certified Professional (SCP) designation through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and received a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) designation through the Institute for Professional Excellence Coaching.
Marva enjoys golf and is active in several local golf organizations, including volunteering through the Miami Valley Golf Association as a member of the golf course rating team. The team provides the USGA with course and slope ratings for all member courses in the Miami Valley Ohio area.
Steve Crandall, JD
Steve Crandall joined the Board in November 2016. He is the President and CEO of ProMotion Holdings, a communications consulting and content technology firm that provides corporate, non-profit and legal industry clients with the technology and talent needed to meet the increasing demands of content creation and distribution in the 21st century. Prior to founding ProMotion Holdings, Steve served as CEO of Portfolio Strategy Consulting, providing investment strategy to some of the world’s largest institutional investors.
In addition to an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law, Steve also earned a degree in Video Production from the Art Institute of Seattle. He is an award-winning video producer and a recognized expert on digital media. Steve was the Greater Seattle Business Association Business Man of the Year in 2005.
A founding principle of ProMotion Holdings is to give back to the community by supporting charitable causes through pro bono projects and employee engagement. In addition to his role on the Antioch University Board of Governors, Steve serves on the boards of the Center for Children and Youth Justice, Seattle 4 Rotary (one of the oldest and largest Rotary Clubs in the world), and the GSBA Corporate Advisory Board.
As the son of a career Army officer, Steve says his exposure to military values and a variety of cultures helped to shape his global perspective on life and work. He is passionate about issues of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. Steve is a former Eagle Scout and Assistant Scout Master. Recognizing that courage comes in many forms, Steve founded the Bruce and Arlene Crandall Social Courage Award in honor of his parents.
Lance Dublin, BA
Lance Dublin joined the Board in October 2013. As CEO and Chief Solutions Architect with Dublin Consulting in San Francisco, Lance specializes in three areas: 1) revitalizing learning; 2) implementing change; and 3) transforming organizations. Prior to forming this firm, Lance founded The Dublin Group, a leading provider of corporate learning and change management services. In his 40-year career he has worked with Fortune 500 corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations across the world.
Lance is also a much sought-after speaker and has presented keynote addresses at over 500 national and international conferences and seminars. In addition, Lance co-authored “Implementing e-Learning,” which is recognized as the capstone book in the ASTD series on e-learning and change management, has contributed to other books and published numerous articles and is quoted regularly in leading industry magazines and journals.
In 1971, Lance co-founded Antioch University/West, the western campus of Antioch College; which was one of the nation’s first fully accredited “University Without Walls.” While Dean and Provost, he expanded the campus to include centers in Seattle, Washington, as well as in Los Angeles and Monterey, California.
Lance is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Synergos Institute, a non-profit organization committed to reducing poverty and increasing economic equity in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He is also a former Board Member of Saybrook University.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Antioch College in Educational Planning and Administration.
Carole Isom-Barnes, PhD
Carole Isom-Barnes joined the board in October 2013. Carole, a resident of Huntersville, North Carolina is a retired Bank of America Executive and current President of Xperience Leadership, LLC. With over 30 years of business leadership experience, Xperience Leadership, LLC supports organizations, business owners and leaders in the midst of systemic change. As a business management subject matter expert, she enhances the capacity of employees, teams and organizations to produce higher quality customer-focused results.
Carole is also an Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication at Queens University in Charlotte teaching graduate business and organizational communication courses. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at academic and professional events. She presents on topics, such as, organizational leadership, social and economic disparities.
A graduate of Antioch’s PhD in Leadership & Change Program, Carole obtained her B.A. from Brandeis University and her M.A. from Queens University. She also is certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt.
Carole currently serves on the Boards of the University of North Carolina Continuing Education, the Carolinas College of Health Sciences, and Mecklenburg County Human Resources Advisory committee. She is a member of the International Leadership Association (ILA), the National Communication Association (NCA), and Women Executives of Charlotte (WE).
Elsa Luna, MBA
Elsa Luna joined the board in June 2012. She has over twenty years’ executive level experience.
Elsa serves as the Chief Financial and Technology Officer of the Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) and is responsible for the direct financial management and organizational development. Elsa has substantive executive experience, specializing in evolving priorities of an organization with an ability to identify new enterprise opportunities. She is a forward and energetic thinker who plays a critical role in developing and implementing an organization’s mission, goals and strategic plans in a team environment.
As the former Chief Financial Officer of the YWCA Greater Los Angeles and Treasurer of the YWCA GLA Urban Campus Development Corporation, she was responsible for the overall financial management, new business developments of the organizations, procurement and information technology, fiscally growing the organization by 400% in five years.
Prior to LAUP, Elsa led financing teams in complex development projects. Earlier in her career, Elsa worked in nonprofit finance management positions focusing on diverse funding and strategic initiatives. Elsa brings substantive experience in development projects, strategic plans and government funded programs.
Elsa received her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Redlands and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with an International Economics Relations Concentration from the University of California Los Angeles.
Holiday (Holly) Hart McKiernan, JD
Holly McKiernan joined the Board in October 2013. She currently serves as Executive Vice President, COO and General Counsel for Lumina Foundation for Education. Holly directs the Foundation’s legal affairs and also leads Lumina’s exploration of the Bologna Process and the implications of that reform effort on American higher education. She speaks frequently on legal, governance and policy issues concerning nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. Holly began her career practicing law with a concentration on non-profit and tax-exempt organizations. Prior to joining Lumina in 2003, she was executive director and counsel for Alpha Chi Omega and advised universities on approaches to high-risk student behavior.
Holly has co-authored several journal articles, including Making the Implicit Explicit: Demonstrating the Value Added of Higher Education by a Qualifications Framework PDF, The Journal of College and University Law; “The Changing Landscape of Higher Education: An Analysis of How National Change Might be Brought About in American Higher Education Compared with the Bologna Signatory States,” Education and the Law; and “Trans-Atlantic Ping-Pong and the Bologna Process,” The European University Association Bologna Handbook.
She serves on the Boards of Directors of the American Association of Colleges and Universities and the Higher Education Resource Services, as Chair of the Board of Directors of ADI, Inc., a corporation that holds the charters for two Indianapolis charter schools, and the International Advisory Board for the Stetson University College of Law Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy.
Holly is a Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, and earned her law degree, cum laude, from Indiana University.
Rich Preyer, MS
Rich Preyer III, joined the Board in July 2018. He currently works at The North Carolina Arboretum (TNCA) as the Conservation and Environmental Education Specialist. He is an educator, curriculum designer, and program evaluator. He recently co-authored Project OWL, a state-wide curriculum initiative to help teachers become more comfortable using their school’s outdoor spaces to teach science.
He has served as an Evaluation Consultant for Maine Outdoor School (MOS), recently founded by two Antioch alums, and leads evaluation workshops for AmeriCorps Project Conserve, a service program designed to promote environmental literacy and action in local communities in western North Carolina.
Rich also serves on the Board for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC). A land trust based in Asheville, NC that conserves farmland, scenic beauty, clean water, and places for people to enjoy outdoor recreation in the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Rich holds an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University and a BA in history from Wake Forest University. In his spare time, Rich plays tennis and ultimate Frisbee, fly fishes, backpacks, and rafts.
Juan “Kiko” Suarez, PhD
Kiko Suarez joined the Board in October 2018. Dr. Juan “Kiko” Suarez likes to be described as a global citizen. Born in Spain and naturalized US citizen in 2016, Kiko has a unique blend of international experience in leadership development, marketing and communications, corporate responsibility and information technology in Fortune 50 corporations, entrepreneurial startups and strategic philanthropy. From 2009-2016, Kiko served as lead executive for communications and innovation at Lumina Foundation, where he also directed the Foundation’s work in social impact investing and evaluation. Then he served as Chief Impact Officer for United Way of Central Indiana, as well as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at the American College of Education. Prior to 2009, he served as a public affairs and communications executive for global companies like CEMEX and DuPont.
In 2019, he launched MyCareerMD, a private coaching and counseling practice that serves middle and high-level executives in areas like leadership development, career transitions and communications training. He is also serving as an associate professor of Business Communications and Executive Presence at the Jack Welch Management Institute and working with clients as Chief Strategy and Creative Officer at the boutique PR firm Media Moon Communications.
He has a doctoral degree in Leadership and Change from Antioch University, and he was awarded the title of “doctor honoris causa” from National Louis University. Among his many publications and speeches, his dissertation was on the role of wisdom in leadership and innovation processes, which he presented at TEDx at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis in 2014.
Martha Summerville, PhD
Martha Summerville joined the Board in July 2014. She is an executive consultant with extensive experience in organization design and development, human resources and education. As president of Summerville Consulting LLC, founded in 2000, she specializes in an array of work related to governing board development and executive effectiveness, which includes board retreat facilitation, board self-evaluation, senior team development, and board-CEO partnership.
Prior to founding her consulting practice, Martha held management positions in organization development and strategic human resources at Aetna, Inc., in Hartford, in the health business, financial services, and corporate human resources. Prior to Aetna she held management positions in several Connecticut hospitals.
Martha served on the Guilford College Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2008, and then from 2009 to the present. Martha was the founding board chair of the AUNE Board of Trustees.
She holds a B.A. from Guilford College, Master of Divinity from Yale University, Master of Human Services Administration from Antioch University (O&M), and a PhD in Adult Learning from the University of Connecticut. In 2007, she received the “Outstanding Professional Award” from UConn’s NEAG School of Education.
She and her husband, Dr. Jeffrey W. Summerville (AUNE ’85 and ’01), live in New Haven, CT, in their 1894 house they affectionately refer to as the “casa in restauro perpetuale.”
Eugene (Gene) Tempel, EdD
Eugene (Gene) Tempel, joined the Board of Governors in March 2018. He is founding dean emeritus of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and led the world’s first school devoted to the study and teaching of philanthropy. Generous donors recently established the Eugene R. Tempel Endowed Deanship at the school to honor Prof. Tempel. He is an internationally recognized expert on philanthropy.
With nearly four decades of philanthropy leadership, administration and fundraising experience, Gene played an integral role in establishing the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s precursor, the Center on Philanthropy at IU, and served as the center’s executive director from 1997 – 2008, transforming it into a leading national resource.
An early leader in creating the field of philanthropic studies, Gene was the first elected president of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council, a national association of academic centers and programs that focus on the study of nonprofit organizations, voluntarism and philanthropy. He is professor of philanthropic studies and adjunct professor of higher education at Indiana University.
Committed throughout his career to strengthening the philanthropic sector, Professor Tempel chaired the national Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Ethics Committee for many years and served as a member of Independent Sector’s Expert Advisory Panel, which created national guidelines for nonprofit governance and ethical behavior. He is a past chair of the Indiana Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism. He has mentored many of the nation’s most successful executives in philanthropic fundraising.
A popular presenter, Professor Tempel has authored numerous columns, articles, and other publications in the field.
Gene earned a BA degree in English and philosophy from St. Benedict College, an MA in English, and a doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University.
Lillian Pierson Lovelace,
Lillian Pierson Lovelace, an active community volunteer, first joined the board in 1989. When Lillian retired from the board in 2002 after more than 12 years of distinguished service, she was elected Trustee Emerita.
She is president of the Board of the Casa Serena and serves on a variety of other boards, including Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Santa Barbara Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, the Gould Center for the Humanities, the Santa Barbara Chapter of the League of Women Voters, and Phoenix House, a halfway house for psychiatric patients.
Lillian attended Antioch College 1946-48 (Class of 1951) and graduated from Antioch University Southern California in 1989.
Major gifts from Lillian and her husband Jon (now deceased) have generously supported many of Antioch University’s initiatives over four decades including new program development, institutional advancement, faculty development, educational outreach, visiting scholars, and cross-cultural education, to name just a few. She has been the primary benefactor to Antioch University Graduate School of Leadership and Change.