Speaker Series Biographies

George Reed

Dr. Reed is the Associate Dean of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and faculty member in the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of San Diego he was the Director of Command and Leadership Studies at the U.S. Army War College. He served for twenty-seven years as a Military Police Officer and retired at the rank of colonel.

He holds a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in public policy analysis and administration and a Master of Forensic Science degree from The George Washington University. His research and writing address leader development, systems thinking, leadership, and ethics.

Steven Boyer

Christian Studies Department Chair, Professor of Theology at Eastern since 1998.

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Bernice  Ledbetter

As a professor of Organizational Theory and Management at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, Dr. Bernice Ledbetter teaches graduate-level classes across a range of management and leadership topics, including leadership and organization theory and management, leadership and ethics, leading teams, organization development and change, and managerial skills.

Dr. Ledbetter previously served as a faculty member in the Interdisciplinary PhD program at Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Ledbetter professional background includes change management consulting at TRW Space and Electronics in preparation for acquisition by Northrop Grumman; serving as Vice President at Right Management Consultants (internationally known career transition and organizational consulting firm), and co-founding the De Pree Leadership Center dedicated to promoting values-based leading.

Her research interests and consulting expertise include leadership development and change management. She has written and published on topics ranging from global perspectives to Christian evaluations of leadership, including invited contributions to the Global Dictionary of Theology. Dr. Ledbetter is an active member of The Society of Business Ethics, the International Leadership Association and the Academy of Management. Dr. Ledbetter regularly presents research and best practices at academic conferences.

Dr. Ledbetter received an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University. Dr. Ledbetter was awarded the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty award in 2005 for excellence in teaching from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. A sought after speaker and workshop facilitator, Dr. Ledbetter frequently consults with teams and executives on creating positive high performing work environments.

Jacqueline Ottmann

A Saulteaux person originally from Fishing Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann’s career experience includes elementary and secondary teaching experience in public, separate, and private systems, and a principalship, in Saskatchewan and Alberta. While obtaining her M.Ed. degree in 2002 and her PhD in 2005 from the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Ottmann continued teaching as a sessional lecturer. Her graduate research revolved around First Nations leadership and leadership development.

Jackie has had the privilege of working as a research assistant on numerous school effectiveness reviews throughout Saskatchewan, presenting on various First Nations topics at conferences in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. She has also written a chapter in the book, “Sharing our Success: Ten Case Studies in Aboriginal Schooling”.

Jacqueline, of Annishinabe heritage, is a faculty member in the Department of Education at the University of Calgary. Currently, Jackie is conducting research on Indigenous literacy and languages, assessment practices and Aboriginal students, teacher preparation programs and Indigenous students, First Nations’ educational partnerships, and Indigenous leadership programming.

David Bradstreet

Dr. David Bradstreet has a Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy, Communications & Secondary Education from Eastern College and Villanova University, and a Masters and PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics from the University of Pennsylvania.

David began his employment at Eastern 35 years ago as an Instructor & Planetarium Director.

Professor David Bradstreet needs no introduction at Eastern University… nor in any corner of the solar system where the universe of creation is being discussed. The Bradstreet observatory is the culmination of Dr. Bradstreet’s 20-year-dream.

Dr. Bradstreet is perhaps best known as the adoring husband of Music Department Executary Colleen Bradstreet, who he met at Eastern College and married upon their graduation in 1976. They have two sons, Andrew and Jonathan, both of whom graduated from Eastern.

Harold Heie

Harold Heie is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Christian Studies at Gordon College (Wenham, MA), where he served as Founding Director from 1994 to 2003. Heie has a BME degree from the Polytechnic University (1957), an MSME from the University of Southern California (1959) and an MA and PhD in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University (1961, 1965). Heie has co-authored (with David Wolfe) Slogans or Distinctives: Reforming Christian Education (1993) and co-edited The Reality of Christian Learning: Strategies for Faith-Discipline Integration (1988) and The Role of Religion in Politics and Society (1998). He recently published Learning to Listen, Ready to Talk: A Pilgrimage Toward Peacemaking (2007), and co-edited Mutual Treasure: Finding Better Ways for Christians and Culture to Converse (2009).

William Pollard

Bill Pollard is Chairman of the Board of The ServiceMaster Company. He joined the Company in 1977 and has served not once but twice as its Chief Executive Officer.  His first term as CEO was for ten years from 1983 to 1993 and his second term was from October 1999 to February of this year.

ServiceMaster provides services to both the commercial and the consumer markets, specializing in management services for the healthcare and education markets, and home services for the residential market under such well-known brands as Terminix, TruGreen, American Residential Services, Merry Maids and American Home Shield.  The Company serves more than 12 million customers in the United States and 44 foreign countries, with customer level revenue of $7 billion.

He is the author of a best selling book, The Soul of the Firm and also has written for or contributed to other books and magazines including The Leader of the Future, Leading People, “The Quest for the Entrepreneurial Spirit,” and “The Leader Who Serves.”

In addition to his work at ServiceMaster, he serves as a director of two other public companies: Herman Miller, Inc. and UnumProvident Corporation.  He also serves as a director or trustee of a number of educational, religious and not-for-profit organizations, including Wheaton College, The Drucker Foundation and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and he is actively involved in teaching and speaking on subjects relating to management, ethics and integrating one’s faith with their work.

Shirley Roels

Director, Van Lunen Center

Dr. Shirley Roels began teaching management and accounting courses at Calvin College in 1979. Since then she has written several works on business ethics, served as an academic dean, and worked as the Director of the Calvin College Lilly Vocation Project. That project planted some of the seeds that have resulted in the Congregational and Ministry Studies Department because of its emphasis on Christian calling to life and leadership in the church as well as other paid employment.

She now serves as Director of the Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools and was most recently appointed as the senior advisor for the Council of Independent College's new network for vocation in undergraduate education (NetVUE). She is also the director of a June 2010 Calvin College conference "Reformed Mission in an Age of World Christianity. "

Jeff Woddcock

Headmaster, Oaks Christian School, Westlake Village, California

"Merit Pay and Bonus Pay as Part of School Management"

Jeff Woodcock was named founding Headmaster at Oaks Christian School in November 1998 after serving for nine years as Headmaster of Santa Fe Christian School in Solana Beach, CA. Previously he spent nine years as superintendent of Sun Valley's Village Christian Schools during the 1980s and has worked over 30 years in Christian education. Other experience includes teaching and administrative positions at Christian High School in El Cajon, CA and in the Springfield, Ohio public schools.

Woodcock has served on the ACSI Accreditation Commission for severak years, and has chaired accreditation visits to schools throughout Southern California. Additionally, Woodcock has served as a consultant to New Tribes Missions, speaking at educational conferences at boarding school in South America, and as a special consultant for Paideia, Inc.

Bob Snyder

President and Founder of International Health Services

As the President and Founder of International Health Services, Dr. Bob Snyder oversees a medical mission enabling doctors, dentists and other health care professionals to integrate their faith into their medical practices.

Dr. Snyder practiced emergency medicine for 20 years, as co-chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department at Brandywine Hospital, Coatesville, PA and as adjunct assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where he is still associated.

Dr. Snyder was very content in his work in emergency medicine, when God called him and his family to Hungary in 1996. As a result, International Health Services was born. IHS trains and mentors Christian medical professionals to integrate their personal faith in Jesus into their medical practices, ultimately impacting patient’s lives, families and communities. The Snyders returned to the U.S. in 2003 to continue the work of IHS.

When the Snyders moved to Hungary in 1996, Bob began writing a weekly journal entitled “Lessons Learned on the Journey”. The vignettes are lessons from his growing up years in Pennsylvania, from his marriage and children, his medical practice and from living and working in Central Europe. Each lesson contains a spiritual truth. The lessons continue to and may be viewed on his website: www.internationalhealthservices.org

Bob is the proud father of Emily, Julia, and Catherine and a life-partner in ministry with his wife Pamela. He works at golf, enjoys a good baseball game and will never understand why his wife does not understand or appreciate football. His greatest love – Jesus.

Tony Campolo

Founder, President of EAPE

Tony Campolo is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University. He previously served for ten years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. Founder and President of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE), Dr. Campolo has worked to create, nurture and support programs for "at-risk" children in cities across North America, and has helped establish schools and universities in several developing countries.

Dr. Campolo is a media commentator on religious, social and political matters, having appeared as a guest on television programs like The Colbert Report, Nightline, Crossfire, Politically Incorrect, The Charlie Rose Show, Larry King Live, CNN Dayside, CNN News and MSNBC News. He presently hosts Across the Pond, a weekly program on the premier Christian Radio Network in England.

He is the author of 35 books, with the latest releases in February 2008, Red Letter Christians, A Citizen's Guide to Faith and Politics, and July 2007, The God of Intimacy and Action.

Antony Bell

CEO/President LeaderDevelopment Inc.

Author: Great Leadership, What it is and What it Takes in a Complex World.

Tony Bell grew up in France and Great Britain, and his professional and executive experience spans the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, South Africa, and the United States - as a production manager for a British textile manufacturer, as a sales manager for a Swiss industrial products company, as business unit leaders for a Dutch brokerage firm, and as the co-founder and leader of a leadership development firm. Over the years, he has worked with hundreds of professional leaders-all looking for a path to greatness in leadership.

Ron Sider

Director, Sider Center

Ronald J. Sider is Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry and Public Policy and Director of the Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy at Palmer Theological Seminary and President of Evangelicals for Social Action. A widely known evangelical speaker and writer, Sider has spoken on six continents, published thirty-one books and scores of articles.

His Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger was recognized by Christianity Today as one of the one hundred most influential religious books of the twentieth century and named the seventh most influential book in the evangelical world in the last fifty years. Sider is the publisher of PRISM magazine and a contributing editor of Christianity Today and Sojourners.

David Horner

Dr. Horner served as president of North Park University in Chicago from 1987-2004. During his presidency, North Park’s enrollment tripled, a range of master’s degree programs and one doctoral program were initiated, several major campus improvement projects were completed, and the endowment grew six-fold.

Dr. Horner also served as president of Barrington College, his undergraduate alma mater, from 1979-1985; at the time of his appointment, he was the youngest college or university president in America. He has held faculty positions at the University of Rhode Island, Barrington College, Harvard University and North Park University.

Among other higher education and community service activities, Dr. Horner has served as president of the Executive Committee of the Associated Colleges of Illinois, member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, and chairman of the Presidents' Council of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.

He has written extensively on issues related to higher education and business ethics.

President Horner received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in philosophy from Barrington College, a MA from the University of Rhode Island, and a MBA and a Ph.D. in higher education administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.

He is married to S. Sue Horner, BA (Barrington College), M.L.S. (San Jose State University), M.T.S.(Harvard University), Ph.D. (Northwestern University).Together they have two grown children, Marc and Shanna, and four grandchildren.

Peter G. Northhouse

Peter G. Northouse, Ph.D., professor of communication in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University.  For more than 25 years, he has taught leadership and interpersonal and organizational communication at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  In addition to publications in professional journals, he is the author of Leadership: Theory and Practice, 6e and Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice 2e, and coauthor of Health Communication: Strategies for Health Professionals 3e.  His scholarly and curricular interests include models of leadership, leadership assessment, ethical leadership, and leadership and group dynamics.  He has worked as a consultant in a variety of areas, including leadership development, leadership education, conflict management, and health communication.  He holds a doctorate in speech communication from the University of Denver and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in communication education from Michigan State University.

Mary Poplin

Mary Poplin, Ph.D., Dr. Mary Poplin is professor of education at Claremont Graduate University where she teaches courses on learning and pedagogical theories, philosophy and education, and qualitative research. She is a frequent speaker in academic and religious forums.  

For fifteen years she developed and directed the teacher education Masters program at Claremont Graduate University and was dean of the School of Educational Studies from 2002 to 2004.  

She has just completed a five-year study of high-performing teachers in low-performing urban schools.  In her early career she taught in public schools and worked with students with disabilities. 

InterVarsity Press published her book on her experience with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity, Finding Calcutta in 2008. 

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