Dr. David Spittal
EdD; Educational Administration (Higher Education/Public Relations), Ball State University
MSE; Music, Ball State University
BS; Music & Art Education, Ball State University
Dr. David Spittal has been the president of MidAmerica Nazarene University since 2012. Under his leadership, the university is striving to reach the next level of God-honoring excellence.
Prior to coming to MNU, Dr. Spittal served as president of Southern Wesleyan University in Central, S.C., from 1994 to 2011. During his 17-year tenure, the university experienced historic growth and expanded to five campuses and learning centers. His work led SWU to strengthen and build relationships with the local and regional community.
An influential member of the local community, Dr. Spittal serves on various councils and boards including the Council of Advisors of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Trustees for the Kansas Independent College Association and Kansas Independent College Fund. He is a member of the USA/Canada Council of Education of the Church of the Nazarene.
He and his wife Donna have two grown sons and six grandchildren.View Faculty Bio
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Mary Jones
PhD; Educational Administration, University of Missouri Kansas City
MBA in Management, Rockhurst University
BS; Business Administration, Emporia State University
An innovative and capable leader, Dr. Mary Jones has served as the Provost and Chief Academic officer for MNU since 2013. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, Dr. Jones provides leadership for the academic governance of the colleges and schools, university faculty and the administration and leadership of traditional undergraduate enrollment, marketing and student support systems.
Dr. Jones has had a successful career in higher education. She has held multiple leadership positions as the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Southern Nazarene University, and as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Africa Nazarene University. She has also been a business faculty member at several colleges and universities. Prior to her career in education Dr. Jones was the Vice President and Marketing Director of First Federal Savings and Loan in Kansas City.
During her time at MNU, she has led the institution through the reaccreditation process, and supported various academic schools and programs in their efforts to both expand and secure new content-specific accreditations.View Faculty Bio
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Dr. Jon North
EdD; Ethical Leadership, Olivet Nazarene University
MBA; MidAmerica Nazarene University
BA in International Development, MidAmerica Nazarene University
Dr. Jon North serves as the Vice President for University Advancement for MidAmerica Nazarene University and as the Executive Director of the MNU Foundation. Prior to joining MNU, Dr. North had a 17-year career at Heart to Heart International, a globally recognized international humanitarian and disaster relief agency. Under Dr. North’s leadership, Heart to Heart expanded its relief work around the world and was named to Forbes magazine’s “America’s Top 200 Charities List.” As an active member of the Kansas City community, Dr. North serves on various non-profit and community boards.
A long-time supporter of the university, Dr. North is also an MNU alum. He and his wife Faith met while attending MNU. They have four children.
Vice President for Student Development
M.Ed in College Student Affairs, Azusa Pacific University
BA in Social Work, Olivet Nazarene University
Kristi Keeton has served MNU in a variety of roles for nearly 30 years. In her current role she role oversees the functions within Student Development, is responsible for all student life programs and campus life activities, and serves as the university’s Title IX Coordinator.
Prior to her administrative role on the President’s Cabinet, Keeton held a variety of positions within Student Development, including Resident Educator and Dean of Residential Life.
She and her husband reside in Olathe. They have two grown children.
Vice President for Finance
Master of Accountancy, University of Missouri
BA in Business Administration, MidAmerica Nazarene University
Darrel Anderson brings a wealth of strategic finance, budget development and cash flow management to his role as MNU’s Vice President for Finance. Anderson has more than 30 years of public and private experience. He has held the CFO position at a variety of companies, including his position as the CFO for the State of Indiana’s Department of Revenue. Anderson’s interest in finance began at MNU, where he earned his undergraduate degree in business administration.
He and his wife reside in Olathe.
Our University exists to help students pursue God’s plan for their lives through outstanding faculty who teach with a standard of excellence that is Christ-centered, comprehensive and relevant. MNU's academic structure is made up of five academic schools and the School of Professional & Graduate Studies.
- The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Nancy Damron, PhD, Dean
- The School of Business
Jamie Myrtle, CPA, MBA, Dean
- The School of Education
Nancy Damron, PhD, Dean
- The School of Behavioral Sciences and Counseling
Todd Frye, PhD, LCPC, LCMFT, NCC, SATP-S, Dean
- The School of Nursing and Health Science
Karen Wiegman, PhD, Dean
- The School of Professional & Graduate Studies
Mark Ford, EdD, JD, Vice-Provost, Dean