Twila King Yoder has served as assistant to the president at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. since June of 1999. She holds a masters in church leadership degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling and a certificate in personal mediation skills from the Community Mediation Center. Twila also serves as corporate secretary to the Board of Trustees and supervises the administrative suite receptionist as well as the Information Office. She is a member of President’s Cabinet and Strategic Planning Council and provides support for the Constituent Conferences Committee (CCC) and the Faculty/Staff Conference planning committee. Twila represents the president’s office on a number of other committees and serves as liaison for the president to faculty, staff, students, retirees and publics of the university when needed. She is a long-time member and currently serves on the board of the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education (NAPAHE) and completed the Senior Leadership Seminar with the Virginia Network of the Office of Women in Higher Education in May 2014.
Twila is a graduate of the Values-based Leadership Program (VBLP), which provides an Anabaptist perspective on leadership development. Twila and her husband Steve have four children and seven grandchildren.
Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman has served for more than 25 years in higher education in a variety of administrative and academic leadership roles. She has served as Eastern Mennonite University’s ninth president since Jan. 1, 2017.
Since 2011, she was president of Conrad Grebel University College Waterloo, Canada. Previously, she was director of the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University, the only comprehensive, integrated communication program in the state of Kansas. She has served on the board of Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) and of Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA. A graduate of Bethel College, Dr. Huxman holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in communication studies from University of Kansas.
Dr. Huxman has won numerous awards and recognition for teaching excellence when on the faculty at WSU and continues to teach and mentor at Conrad Grebel. She has published two dozen scholarly articles and book chapters and is co-author with Karlyn Kohrs Campbell of The Rhetorical Act: Thinking, Speaking, and Writing Critically, 5th ed. (2015) and editor of Landmark Speeches on U. S. Pacifism, Texas A & M University Press (2015).
A 1982 graduate of Bethel College with a degree in English, Dr. Huxman went on to specialize in communication at the University of Kansas. Her dissertation, titled “In the world but not of it: Mennonite rhetoric in World War I as an enactment of paradox,” was inspired by an interterm history class that she took at Bethel. She served on the Board of Directors of Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) of MC USA from 2001-2007. She is a member of Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ontario. Previously, she was a member for 20 years of Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita, Kansas.
She and her husband, Jesse, (former Director of Communications, Mennonite Foundation of Canada; previously, Director of Content, KPTS-TV 8, a PBS affiliate; Bethel College ‘81) have three adult children: Julia, 25 (J.D., University of Kansas Law, B.A., Bethel College); Emily, 21 (junior at Bluffton University, Ohio) and Connor, 18 (first-year student at University of Waterloo and Conrad Grebel) and son-in-law Trey Ronnebaum (Ph.D. candidate, chemistry, University of Kansas, married to Julia).