Graduate Dean


Sue Cockley
Associate Dean

Sue has worked at EMU as the director of the Adult Degree Completion Program since 1996. She previously worked for the Virginia State Department of Education as an Adult Education Specialist, and director of the Adult Educator’s Research Network. Her academic background covers elementary education, adult education, and social foundations of education.

Michael A King
Seminary and Graduate Dean

Growing up in Cuba and Mexico as son of missionary parents, Michael A. King experienced multiple cultures and faith understandings. He learned to cherish the Anabaptist-Mennonite commitment to faithfully follow Jesus while wondering what alternate convictions another tradition might have shaped in him. Immersion in Christian thought and life at a time his Mennonite community forbade watching TV even as he gulped down secular books and novels made him wonder what was real and true and good amid competing perspectives. He also wrestled with the gap between Christians’ talk and walk. As a result, into early adulthood King came to question the existence of God and the validity of Christianity even while craving the divine. Often feeling at the margins, unsure to which culture he fully belonged, bred in him compassion for others marginalized by life circumstances or unjust structures.

Although refined and chastened by life journeying, experience as pastor and publisher, academic training, and turning toward a faith in Christ enlarged by doubts and questions, lessons from King’s background continue to nurture his passions at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. There he is articulating such themes as "treasures of not being sure,” “transforming the shadows,” and “using power for the less powerful.”

King writes “Unseen Hands,” a column for Mennonite World Review, and blogs at Kingsview & Co. He has long been an editor and publisher, first through Herald Press (Scottdale, PA, 1989-1997) and then more recently as owner and publisher, Cascadia Publishing House LLC (Telford, PA, 1997-). He has been pastor in congregational settings ranging from Germantown Mennonite Church (Philadelphia, PA, 1982-1989), Spring Mount (PA) Mennonite Church (1997-2008), and more.

King is married to Joan Kenerson King, of Olean, NY, a family therapist and an advanced practice nurse who consults nationwide with public behavioral health systems. They are parents of three adult daughters and have three grandchildren.

Shirley Ewald
Administrative Assistant
Brian Gumm
Online Ed. Design Specialist

Brian telecommutes for EMU from rural Iowa, helping train and support faculty who are teaching online or blended courses, and with academic program directors seeking to further their engagement in online or blended education. In addition to his work for EMU, Brian operates a small specialty coffee roasting business and is helping plant a church in his local community.

Brian is a graduate of EMU’s Seminary (MDiv ’12) and Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (MA ’11), and is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren (Northern Plains District).

Brian blogs about his work at the Ed-Tech at EMU blog and tweets at @OnlineEd_EMU.

Travis Pettit
Dir of Admissions & Marketing

Travis first came to EMU in 2007 as a student in the Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP). After earning his Bachelor of Science in management and organizational development (2008), Travis left a banking career of ten years to serve as the ADCP’s admissions and marketing representative.

Travis went on to earn his MBA at EMU (2011) and, in the years to follow, expanded his role to include marketing consultation for various graduate and professional programs including the MBA, MAOL, and MSN. This experience led to his current role as director of admissions and marketing for all graduate, adult, and seminary programs.

With the start of the 2016-17 academic year, Travis began teaching Principles of Marketing for the Department of Business and Economics and continues in this role to date. Travis is a native of Page County, Virginia and currently lives in Harrisonburg with his husband, Jeff, a deputy clerk for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Circuit Court.

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