Director of the Graduate Program in Education, Associate Professor of Education, Faculty Representative
Janet S. Arndt graduated from Gordon College in ‘68, Boston University with Ed.M. in’70 and Ed.D. from UMASS Amherst in 2003. Since 2008 she has served as the Director of Graduate Programs in Education. Her full-time teaching career at Gordon began in 2001 with the Education Department and as the Licensure Officer for the college with the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Dr. Arndt developed and implemented the Master of Arts in Leadership degree program with the first cohort beginning July 2016. Prior to her college teaching, Dr. Arndt was a public school teacher, Early Childhood Specialist, guidance counselor, principal, and a NH State Representative for 10 years. Her areas of research are family/school partnerships, transitions, special education, mentoring, and the use of Universal Design for Learning in teacher preparation.
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Sandra Doneski serves as the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Gordon College. A partner with the Provost’s Office, Dr. Doneski functions as a liaison between Gordon College faculty and administration. She envisions academic goals and works to develop strategic plans in pursuit of those goals. She has taught in the Department of Music since 1999, and she teaches courses in music education methods, learning theory, assessment, and curriculum development. Additionally, she supervises student teachers and conducts the Gordon College Children’s Choir. She is a graduate of Gordon College and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Music Education from The Hartt School, University of Hartford.
Britt Carlson Eaton
Associate Vice President for Advancement
Britt Carlson Eaton has deep roots at Gordon College as a third-generation alum. She earned a B.A. degree in Political Studies while also playing soccer for the Fighting Scots. Britt began her career immediately upon graduation, joining the Gordon College Admissions team recruiting new students from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. After working in a number of roles of increasing responsibility in Admissions, Britt accepted the role of associate vice president for college relations and annual giving in 2014. Since joining the Advancement effort, Britt has provided leadership for various aspects of the development enterprise including alumni engagement and annual giving.
Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff
Will Hagen, a 2015 Gordon graduate, serves the College as Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff. In his role at the College, Will oversees the President’s Office staff and operations and supports and facilitates the work of the Board of Trustees and the President’s Cabinet. Will also directs the College’s Presidential Fellows, Student Ambassadors, and Frost Fellows programs. He serves as the principal liaison between the President’s Office and a variety of internal and external constituents.
Vice President for Enrollment
Dr. Larry Hoezee (pronounced “hoe-zay”) serves as the Vice President for Enrollment. Dr. Hoezee provides executive leadership for all undergraduate and graduate admissions, as well as student financial services, data/analytics, events, and communications associated with recruiting and retaining our students. Larry supports Gordon’s Christian mission and possesses extensive experience in higher education enrollment management.
Larry first developed an appreciation for schools like Gordon as an undergraduate at Calvin, where he majored in psychology. He subsequently earned a master’s degree in higher education in student affairs at The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Indiana University (where Larry’s dissertation produced novel research on the subject of enrollment and persistence among first-year undergraduate students). He and his wife, Christine (along with their three sons), are active in their church where Larry leads a discipleship group.
Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Chris Jones graduated from Gordon College in 1999 with a B.S. in Computer Science. As a student, he worked for the Computer Center and started full-time with the Gordon IT Department right after graduation. Chris worked in campus technology for over 20 years, serving in a variety of roles from PC hardware specialist to most recently associate vice president for technology and operations. A sworn special state police officer, Chris has provided leadership for the Gordon Police Department and many other campus departments, including Physical Plant, Purchasing and the Mailroom. He currently serves as the associate vice president for human resources and also functions as the emergency management coordinator for Gordon. In addition to his roles at the College, Chris has been a member of the Wenham Fire Department since 2002 as a call lieutenant / EMT and has also worked part-time as a reserve police officer for Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, since 2018. When asked about his unique array of job experiences, Chris often remarks that he is not sure what he wants to do when he grows up. Chris and his wife, Emily, and their two kids are very active in the music ministry of their local church.
Vice President for Academic Initiatives and Dean of Graduate, Professional, and Extended Studies
Jewerl Maxwell is the Vice President for Academic Initiatives and Dean of Graduate, Professional, and Extended Studies at Gordon College. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Miami University, and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in history, political science, and public affairs from Muskingum University. His research interests include presidential unilateral powers, constitutional law, and affirmative action policy. He recently co-authored Tough Times for the President, co-edited Rendering to God and Caesar: Critical Readings for American Government and published an article entitled "Has Barack Obama Embraced the Unitary Executive?" in the journal PS: Political Science & Politics.
Associate Vice President for Student and Global Engagement
Dr. Nicholas Rowe is a member of the history faculty and the Associate Vice President for Student Engagement. Dr. Rowe works with his colleagues to create a campus climate of opportunity, leadership development and formational student learning experiences for a student body that is increasingly diverse and global. Most recently, Dr. Rowe has overseen the publication of Gordon College’s Shalom Statement, an engaging summary of an institutional commitment to Gordon’s community values. Dr. Rowe oversees the administration of the Multicultural Initiatives Office, the International Student Organization, First Generation Students, Experiential Learning opportunities, Campus Activities, and the annual SEALED student leadership conference. He also serves as a secondary advisor to student government, and he teaches as an associate professor in History and the Peace Studies minor. He is married to writer Sheila Wise Rowe; they have two adult children.
Richard D. Sweeney Jr.
Vice President for Marketing and External Relations
Rick Sweeney, who served as the first director of communications at Gordon College, returned to the College in November 2010 as the new vice president for marketing and strategic communications. His primary role includes overseeing college-wide integrated brand marketing strategies for Gordon’s nationally recognized student programs, academic disciplines and institutional distinctions.
Vice President for Finance and Business Development
John Truschel, CFA, is Gordon College's CFO. This followed his role as principal and portfolio manager for Mercer Investment Management. He previously served as the chief investment officer and head of global investment strategy for The Boston Company Asset Management, where he directed investment activity and managed the firm’s product development, quantitative research and portfolio engineering teams. Prior to his decade-long tenure at The Boston Company, he worked for Standish Mellon Asset Management, The Tower Group, Fidelity Investments Institutional Services and Federated Investors.
Executive Vice President for Campus Life
As executive vice president for campus life, Dan leads many elements of the co-curricular dimension of student life, including the chapel office, student counseling, the health center, residence life, outdoor education, the MIO office, the Career and Connection Institute, the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, student employment, human resources, parent relations, and alumni relations. Dan also pursues the spiritual, social, and vocational development of Gordon students by working with the academic division to integrate curricular and co-curricular programs and initiatives throughout the undergraduate experience at Gordon. Another key area of responsibility for Dan is the spiritual, professional, and career development of Gordon staff. In the midst of his other responsibilities, Tymann remains committed to building significant relationships with Gordon students and their families.