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Emily Backman

Dept: Academics
Title: Department Secretary, Family and Consumer Sciences

Emily Backman has served as secretary for the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS) for a little over a year. In that time, she has proven to be a valuable asset to the faculty, staff, and students of the FACS department. She has brought a high level of professionalism to the department with her organizational skills and her willingness to help in any way that she can. She lives in such a way that her strong faith in Christ is evident to everyone who comes in contact with her. We are so blessed to have Emily as a part of the team!

Steve Clement

Dept: Field Operations
Title: Energy Management Supervisor

Steve Clement has been a dedicated employee and integral part of Liberty University for 13 years. He now serves as supervisor on the energy management team. Steve strives to honor Christ in all aspects of his job. His knowledge, integrity, leadership skills, and commitment to professionalism make him a great asset to our department and to the university as a whole.

Amanda Collins

Dept: Registrar
Title: Assistant Registrar for Academic Operations

Amanda Collins has worked with the Registrar’s Office for over a year, first as our registrar counselor and now as the assistant registrar of Academic Operations. She excelled in her previous role by consistently providing accurate information to agents regarding the Registrar’s Office. Her work ethic and attitude display a genuine dedication to excellence. Upon moving into her new position, Amanda quickly absorbed a great deal of information and immediately made a positive impact on our team. We are so thankful for Amanda, and we appreciate the unique passion she brings to the office!

Trudy Edwards

Dept: Academics
Title: Coordinator of Administrative Records and Policies

Trudy Edwards is responsible for reviewing, editing, proofing, and synchronizing thousands of pages of administrative records and policies, including every document for publication or posting on the School of Law website. Her organizational skills, attention to detail, and understanding of the law school make her the perfect person for preparing the voluminous Annual Questionnaire required by the American Bar Association, as well as the Site Evaluation Questionnaire and the Self-Study and Strategic Plan. Working under the pressure of mandatory deadlines, Trudy always maintains a pleasant and joyful demeanor. She is a critical employee, and her skill in her position is unparalleled.

Scott Hayes

Dept: Academics
Title: Associate Dean

Scott Hayes is the consummate professional: hard-working, dedicated, highly knowledgeable, and certainly not afraid to take on new challenges. During the past 12 months, he has spearheaded the creation of the university’s first-ever fine arts degrees, the Bachelor of Fine Arts and the Master of Fine Arts. He has worked tirelessly with the Department of Studio & Digital Arts and the Cinematic Arts, Zaki Gordon Center to create curricula for both new programs. He directed the first-ever promenade show in the new library, Shakespeare’s “As You Like It." Recently, our school’s online programs were moved under his supervision.

Lee Horton

Dept: Finance & Administration
Title: Accounts Payable Processor

Lee came to Liberty University with extensive expertise in the construction field and has been an invaluable asset in Liberty’s recent building and construction projects. She monitors complex construction invoices involving large sums of money. A senior Construction Planning manager said about Lee, “We couldn’t imagine doing our jobs without the services and support Lee provides.” Additionally, she prepares important monthly construction risk exposure reports that are presented to the CFO and the university’s insurance representatives. She is an integral part of our team; she is always ready to assist and advise when needed.

Kendra Jenkins

Dept: Information Technology
Title: Office Manager

Kendra Jenkins supports IT Customer Service as an office manager as well as a coordinator for the Testing Center. She comes to work with a wonderful attitude, greeting customers with a warm smile. Kendra is always willing to go above and beyond, and she works behind the scenes to ensure that everything is on-time and in order. The IT department and the university as a whole wouldn’t be the same without her dedication and cheerfulness.

Skip Kastroll

Dept: Academics
Title: Director of University Assessment

Skip Kastroll came to Liberty University to pursue his graduate education goals, pursuing his Doctorate of Education. He and his wife, Emily, have a son named Tripp who is the joy of their life. As director of University Assessment, Skip supports the efforts of senior administrative and academic leaders with various components of the university’s assessment model. He supervises the Institutional Effectiveness personnel who collaborate with other staff to conduct departmental improvement projects. He also assists with the documentation needed for the SACS-COC 2015 Compliance Certification Report. Skip’s talents and leadership are invaluable to the Liberty community.

Mark McCormick

Dept: Enrollment Management
Title: LUO Student Advocate

There are many reasons Mark McCormick is being awarded Employee of the Month for Liberty University Online. First, Mark has a passion for serving our online students. His first concern is always the student’s welfare, and he never stops until he has found a solution to their problem. Mark has also worked with LUO Enrollment leadership over the past year as chair of the Employee Retention Committee. He leads the meetings, providing valuable insight from the perspective of an employee who is not in a position of leadership. His contributions have assisted in make many positive changes to our work environment.

Kessley Rhodenizer

Dept: Development
Title: Quality Assurance Agent

Kessley Rhodenizer joined the Development Call Center in June of this year as a telemarketing agent. She quickly excelled in all aspects of her job. Her positive attitude and solid work ethic were evident right away. She readily accepts each task and always exceeds expectations. No matter how hectic things might seem, she keeps a cool head and helps those around her move in the right direction. Her natural ability to lead others was a key factor in promoting her to the position of quality assurance agent. Kessley truly understands what it means to be a team player. She is a great blessing to the Call Center and an excellent addition to our leadership team.

David Semenyna

Dept: Auxiliary Services
Title: Assistant Director Club Sports

Since assuming the role of assistant director in 2010, David Semenyna has become a key contributor to the success of the Club Sport Department. He graciously takes on new responsibilities while consistently seeking to become an even more effective leader. David oversees vital facility operations, renovations, event planning, and Club Sports staff. Most recently, David played an intricate role in planning, organizing, and executing Liberty’s second Triathlon, an event with over 250 participants and 75 volunteers. His strong work ethic, collaborative efforts, and willingness to take the initiative in communicating with multiple departments demonstrate his value to our department.

Joshua Tripp

Dept: Field Operations
Title: Project Crew Supervisor

Joshua Tripp’s leadership and attention to detail make him a tremendous asset to the department and our crew. Whether it is an office move, an event setup, or supporting a construction project, we can always count on Josh to represent our department well and accomplish the task efficiently and with excellence.

Rob Van Engen

Dept: Student Affairs
Title: Assistant Director

Dr. Rob Van Engen is an alum of Liberty University and has served in a pastoral role since graduating in 1987. He came to the Center for Christian/Community Service in 2006 and coordinates our campus and athletic CSER assignments, as well as serves in the role of Assessment Coordinator for our office. He also teaches Biblical Worldview 101 and 102, as well as Biblical Worldview 301 which is a Service-Learning Integrative Course. Rob’s passion for the Lord and his students as well as the excellence of service he brings to Liberty University is evident to all. Thank you Rob for your continued service and ministry!

Sandra Wagner

Dept: Marketing Department
Title: General Manager, WTLU

Sandra has been a faithful employee of the university for over 26 years, managing the Liberty Channel with efficiency and dedication. She not only oversees daily operations and programming, but she also liaises with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), New Media Communications, and the Marketing department, implementing industry best practices and keeping effective and meaningful programming on the air and available to families at all times. She is a hard worker and a team player, committed to reaching the world for Christ through the medium of television and continually seeking new and innovative ways to reach more viewers. She is a blessing to her department and to all who are encouraged by the programming on the Liberty Channel.

Kimberly Witt

Dept: Academics
Title: Executive Coordinator to the School of Music

Kimberly Witt is responsible to the School of Music dean. Her job includes facilitating the day-to-day operations of the School of Music. She supervises 30 student workers, 11 full -time staff, administrative workers, and the budget of the entire school. Kimberly also works closely with the dean to communicate strategic plans and policies to the entire faculty. She joined the administrative team in 2007 as part of the Center for Music & Worship, and she has played a significant and role in the combining of two departments to form the new School of Music.