Administrative Cabinet

The SNU Administrative Departments are accessible to you from web links that take you directly to each area. These pages have been prepared for your information search and to provide you with a direct line of communication with each department in the Administration.

This is the President’s Cabinet comprised of the leaders who oversee each campus department.

Dr. J. Keith Newman

  • B.A. – Houston Baptist University
  • M.M. – Southern Nazarene University
  • Ed.D. – Spalding University

Dr. Keith Newman was elected as the fifteenth president in the 118-year history of Southern Nazarene University.  His tenure as president began August 1, 2017. With 17 years of pastoral ministry in the Church of the Nazarene and 15 years of service as a senior administrator in Christian higher education, Dr. Newman counts it a great privilege to join a Christ-centered community preparing God-called, purpose-driven, passionate servant leaders who make the world better.

Dr. Newman’s email,

A message from Dr. Keith Newman

Vice President of Academic Operational Excellence
Dr. Steven Betts

Steve Betts is Vice President of Academic Operational Excellence for the College of Undergraduate Studies. He holds a bachelor’s degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University, a master’s degree from Wichita (KS) State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. A former faculty member at Louisiana State University and California Baptist University, he has written educational materials for the Frances Clark Library for Piano Students and has recorded for Summit Records and Crimson Heart Records. His research has been published in Clavier Companion, The Journal of Research in Music Education, and The American Music Teacher.

Dr. Betts’ email,

Vice President of Academic Affairs
College of Professional and Graduate Studies
Dr. Melissa Lewis

Melissa joined the SNU School of Music faculty in 1999 and has served learners and faculty in Professional and Graduate Studies since 2018. She is driven by the values shared by the PGS community: Christlikeness, Excellence, Integrity, Belonging, and Service, as well as her personal mission, which is to “Serve Well.” Whether in person or online, undergraduate or graduate, each learner’s journey is unique and presents an opportunity for transformation – serving learners during this leg of their educational journey is truly both a calling and a privilege.

Dr. Lewis’ email,

Vice President for Enrollment & Marketing
Dr. Marian Redwine

Marian gives strategic leadership & direction to SNU Creative and Enrollment in the College of Undergraduate Studies. A part of the SNU team since 2008, she has a profound belief in the transformational experience of SNU that is purposefully different. The Enrollment and Creative teams together have the privilege of sharing the stories of SNU. As they bring the SNU experience to life, prospective students are guided into understanding how SNU can prepare them professionally, challenge them to think, and encourage them to serve. 

Dr. Redwine’s email,


Executive Vice President
Dr. Michael Redwine

Now in his 14th year at SNU, Dr. Redwine leads a talented team with a breadth of responsibilities that include student lifefinancial servicesathleticshousing & residential livingstudent activitieshealth services, and student employment.

Dr. Redwine’s email,

Headshot Gary Cummings

Vice President for Business and Finance
Gary Cummings

Gary joined SNU in 2023 following a successful career in corporate enterprise, serving more recently in executive leadership roles (various VP roles and subsidiary CEO) pertaining to systems architecture, information technology, and strategic development.   Gary holds inactive CPA certificates from Texas and Arkansas.  His focus will include human resources, student aid, and all aspects of finance and accounting.

Mr. Cummings’ email,

Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing & Student Services College of Professional & Graduate Studies
Johnna Vanover

Johnna Vanover leads the Enrollment, Marketing, and Student Services areas in the College of Professional and Graduate Studies. Working in Adult Christian Higher Education since 2011, Johnna is extremely passionate about the life-changing opportunity adult students experience at SNU. Whether it is a lifelong dream to finish a degree, a desired career change, or even the first step in changing the trajectory of one’s life, she and her team are here to help a student every step of the way.  They look forward to serving you!

Ms. Vanover’s email,

Vice President of Academic Affairs
College of Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Dennis Williams

Dennis Williams began his service at SNU in 1994 as a professor of history and has served in a variety of administrative capacities.  He facilitates strategic and creative conversations in settings throughout the university.  His current portfolio includes serving as the university’s accreditation liaison officer, overseeing institutional effectiveness activities, the Center for Learning and Innovation, the Office of Institutional Research, the Grants Office, and directing the Quetzal Education and Research Center (QERC). Williams champions leading teams to develop systemic solutions that improve SNU’s ability to effectively achieve its educational mission.  

Dr. Williams’ email,

Senior Vice President & Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Mark Winslow

Dr. Mark Winslow has served as VPAA of Professional and Graduate Studies since 2020.  Prior, he taught in the physics classroom for 28 years and served as Dean of the College of Sciences for eight years.  In his work as VPAA, Dr. Winslow loves working with faculty and staff colleagues to bring the best of academics combined with a robust Christian faith to the learning environment. He has been at SNU since 2004.

Dr. Winslow’s email,

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