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Tabor College welcomes new faculty and staff

With the beginning of the fall semester, new faculty and staff have arrived at Tabor College.

Frank Johnson

Johnson was hired following a national search and is now serving as vice president of academic affairs. He holds a doctorate in U.S. history from Michigan State University and brings to the position 15 years of teaching and administrative experience in Christian higher education. Previously, Johnson was at Goshen College in Indiana where he was special assistant to the president for institutional planning, strategy, and research and as professor of history.

Jayakar Dalavai

Dalavai comes to Tabor as an assistant professor of biology. He has a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Maryland, College Park. A native of Pennsylvania, he will be teaching courses in general physics, environmental science, entomology, and biology.

Andrew Sensenig

Sensenig is associate professor of business, bringing to campus a diverse background of private industry experience. A native of India, he holds degrees from Washburn University, Emporia State University, and a Ph.D. from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. He will be teaching courses in international business, management, organizational behavior, marketing, and operations management.

Lara Vanderhoof

Vanderhoof has been hired as an assistant professor of social welfare. She comes to Tabor from the St. Francis Academy in Salina where she was a supervisor and director. She holds two degrees, including a master’s from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y., and worked there as an adjunct assistant professor of social work.

Kevin Hadduck

A native of McPherson, Hadduck is director of student success. He served in a similar role at McPherson College for the past 13 years. He holds an undergraduate degree in English from McPherson College and obtained a graduate degree in English from Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

Patrick Masar

Masar is men’s resident director. He is a graduate of Sterling College with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. Prior to joining the Tabor staff in August, he was at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., working in public safety, housing, and meal assignments. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three young girls.

Chris Rangel

Rangel began July 1 as the transfer admissions counselor. Rangel most recently was on staff at Bethel College teaching physical education and handling admissions duties. He and his wife, Melinda, and their two children live in Newton. He also owns Ultimate Martial Arts in Newton.

 Jera Teselle

A 2010 Tabor graduate with a degree in business administration, Teselle is campus visit coordinator. A native of Downs, she was a member of the Tabor track and cross-country teams.

Nathaniel Porter

Porter, a native of Fredonia, is coordinator of office operations for enrollment management. Porter received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Tabor and a master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University. He participated on the basketball and track teams while a student at Tabor.

Joseph W. Wuest

Wuest has been an admissions counselor since Aug. 8. A native of Salina, he is a 2005 Tabor Magna Cum Laude graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He and his wife, Deena, have three children and live in Goessel.

Mike Gardner

Former head football coach for Tabor College, Gardner returns for the 2010 football season. He led the 2005 Bluejays to an 11-1 record with an NAIA national playoff victory and a No. 6 ranking in the final NAIA poll. Gardner graduated from Baker University in Baldwin City with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and a master’s in education from Hastings College in Hastings, Neb.

 Dan Hromada

Hromada has been named Tabor assistant football coach for the 2010 season. He is a graduate of Malone College in Canton, Ohio, where he played all four years of eligibility and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sports management. He obtained a master’s in business administration while at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. prior to coming to Tabor College, Hromada coached offensive line at Lindenwood University during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. During 2009, he helped lead Lindenwood to an NAIA National Championship game.

Billy Hickman

A native of Bakersfield, Calif., Hickman rejoins the Tabor football coaching staff as offensive coordinator. A 2008 graduate of Tabor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Hickman was on the football team from 2005 to 2007. He was captain in 2007 and received all-conference honors. He coached the Tabor defensive line in spring 2008, before leaving and serving as a coach for the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo., in 2008 and 2009.

Suzanne Unruh

Unruh, a native of Derby, is head softball coach. She holds degrees in graphic art and design from Cowley County Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in health promotions and kinesiology from Ft. Hays State University. She comes to Tabor after serving as assistant softball coach at Cowley College for the past seven seasons.

Pat Hon

Hon has been named the manager of the Campus Recreation Center as well as assistant baseball coach. Hon most recently was the pitching coach at Division I Texas Pan-America, in Edinburg, Texas. He has also served as head coach for the Newton Rebels. Most recently, in 2009 he coached Valley Center Diamond Dawgs in the Kansas Walter Johnson League where the squad advanced to the National Baseball Congress World Series and finished fifth. Hon graduated from Newman University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned a master’s degree in health education from Union College, Barbourville, Ky.

Jeremy Nigh

Nigh is head cheer coach and academic media marketing coordinator. He brings a wealth of international experience to Tabor, having been born in Germany, raised in Idaho, and then Thailand where he remained until his junior year in high school. A graduate of Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Okla., he has a Bachelor of Science degree in drama/television/film performance. He cheered four years at Oral Roberts.

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