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President Sam Smith

Dr. Samuel A. Smith began his service as the 21st president of York University in July 2020. President Smith is a 1995 graduate of York U and brings considerable experience in Christian higher education as well as youth ministry.

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University Senior Leadership

Samuel Smith
A.A., 1995, York College;
B.A.,1998, Lipscomb University;
M.A.,2001, Lipscomb University;
Ed.D., 2010, Union University;
serving York U since 2020.
Billy Lones
B.S., 1997, Faulkner University
J.D., 2000, ​Jones School of Law serving York U since 2004.
Vice President for Finance & Operations 
Todd Sheldon
A.A., 1981, York College;
B.B.A., 1983, Harding University;
M.B.A., 2001, Harding University;
Certified Public Accountant (inactive), 1985;
serving York U since 2003.
Vice President for Advancement 
Jared Stark
B.A., 2001, York College;
M.Ed., 2005, Texas Tech University;
serving York U from 2001-2003 and since 2005.
Vice President for Enrollment
David Odom

A.A., 1992, York College;
B.A., 2000, York College serving York U since 2012. 
Vice President for Spiritual Life & Campus Minister
Samuel Garner
B.A., 2003, Harding University;
M.Div., 2006, Abilene Christian University;
D.Min., 2012, Abilene Christian University;
serving York U since 2015.
Vice President for Student Life
Jonathan Jewell 
B.A., Lipscomb University serving York U since 2022.
Athletic Director
Garrett Schwarz
B.A. 2007, York College serving York U since 2021. 


"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." ​Philippians 4:8

Board of Trustees

The York University Board of Trustees is comprised of business, professional, and civic leaders who demonstrate their confidence in the University's mission. The University administration works with the board to shape policy and direction for the University. The leadership of these men and women is greatly valued.

Chairman: Dr. R Wayne White

Vice Chairman: Mr. Richard W. James

Secretary: Mrs. Christine M. Eggar

Treasurer: Mr. E. Joe Brazell

  • Dr. Scott M. Abraham (and wife Beth) of Bucyrus, Kansas; Orthopedic Surgeon, Apex Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Dr. Michael C. Armour (and wife Frances) of Dallas, Texas; President, Strategic Leadership Development International
  • Dr. Edward J. Bailey (and wife Louise) of Fort Worth, Texas; Attorney, Director of Immigration Legal Services, YMCA {retired}
  • Dr. C. Shawn Bengtson of Bellevue, Nebraska; Vice President - Investment, Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society
  • Mr. E. Joe Brazell (and wife Bridgette) of Royse City, Texas; Digital Solutions Manager, Solomon Associates
  • Dr. Damon R. Cathey (and wife Paulette) of Nashville, Tennessee; Executive Principal, Metro Nashville Public School District
  • Mrs. Christine M. Eggar (and husband Shawn) of Wolf Point, Montana; Superintendent, Frontier School
  • Dr. Aaron G. Fletcher (and wife Holly)of Woodland Park, Colorado; Managing Director, Bios Partners; President, Bios Research
  • Dr. Jeffrey W. Hannel (and wife Lorena) of Lubbock, Texas; Physician, Providence Healthcare
  • Mr. Patrick W. Hendricks (and wife Janice) of Tulsa, Oklahoma;  Community Care of Oklahoma {retired}
  • Dr. Dickie L. Hill (and wife Onita) of Abilene, Texas; Professor, Abilene Christian University  {retired}
  • Mrs. Kimberly M. Hoyt (and husband Darrell) of Grand Junction, Colorado;  Physician Assistant, Community Care of Grand Valley
  • Mrs. Conay L. Huizar (and husband Trent) of Scottsdale, Arizona;  Realtor Investment Strategist
  • Mr. Chester M. James (and wife Sharon) of Kingman, Kansas; Consultant, BESCORP {retired}
  • Mr. Richard W. James (and wife Rachel) of Wichita, Kansas; Partner and Attorney, DeVaughn James, LLC; Secretary of YC Board
  • Ms. Marilyn S. Locus of Laguna Niguel, California; Regional Human Resources Director, Cintas Corp
  • Dr. James N. Reischl (and wife Sandy) of Harlan, Iowa; President, R. L. Craft Co. Contractors {retired}
  • Mrs. Cassandra R. Savage (and husband Ken) of Overland Park, Kansas; President, The Savage Group
  • Mr. Benjamin M. Smail (and wife Megan) of Omaha, Nebraska; Realtor, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
  • Mrs. Carolyn R. Stephenson (and husband Charles) of Lubbock, Texas; CPA, Robinson, Burdette, Martin & Seright, LLP​
  • Dr. Charles B. Stephenson (and wife Carolyn) of Lubbock, Texas; Professor, Lubbock Christian University
  • Mrs. Linda J. Thomas (and husband Joe) of Ogallala, Nebraska; Assistant Superintendent, Clinton Public Schools {retired} Vice-Chair of YC Board
  • Mr. Douglas J. Townsdin (and wife Danna) of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; Partner, audit services, Grant Thornton, LLP  {retired}
  • Mr. Charlie J. Watts (and wife Mary Ann) of Eudora, Kansas; Superintendent, Eudora Public Schools {retired} 
  • Dr. R. Wayne White (and wife Karen) of Carrollton, Texas; Minister {retired} ​​

Chancellor's Office

  • Dr. Steve Eckman of Hampton, Nebraska, Chancellor

Trustees Emeriti

​Trustees Emeriti are recognized and honored for their extraordinary service as part Board of Trustee members. 
  • Mr. Steven W. Belden (and wife Michele) of Murchison, Texas
  • Dr. Wilbur D. Dabbs (and wife Dawn) of Neosho, Missouri
  • Mr. H. Jarrell Gibbs of Collierville, Tennessee
  • Mr. Van R. Harrold (and wife Mary Ann) of Maize, Kansas​​
  • Dr. James A. Hinkle (and wife Harriett) of Dickson, Tennessee
  • Dr. Jackie M. Humphrey (and husband Joe) of Lubbock, Texas
  • Mr. Edward E. McLoud (and wife Patricia) of Overland Park, Kansas
  • Mr. Ed G. Nill (and wife Linda) of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
  • Mr. Perry E. Rubart (and wife Dorothy) of Ulysses, Kansas
  • Mr. G. Wayne Studebaker (and wife Harriet) of Norfolk, Nebraska
  • Mr. Paul E. Touchton (and wife Cheryl) of Franklin, Tennessee

Chancellor Emeritus

  • Dr. R. Wayne Baker (and wife Darlene) of Montgomery, Alabama