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Dr. Beckum No Longer VP of Community Formation

By Joshua Brisco
Feb 23, 2015

Official email from President David Spittal regarding Dr. Randy Beckum's loss of position as VP of Community Formation and Kristi Keeton's appointment as VP for Student Development.

Several years ago in response to serious financial issues, the university asked Dr. Randy Beckum to assume responsibility for two full-time positions as Vice President for Community Formation and University Chaplain.  During the years that have followed, Dr. Beckum has provided strong leadership despite the demands that these two significant leadership responsibilities require.   We deeply appreciate his commitment to MNU and his willingness to assume the extensive responsibilities of these assignments. 

As the university begins a new era and the goals of our strategic plan place even greater responsibilities on both student life and spiritual life departments, it is evident that a realignment of current  duties and responsibilities must be implemented to assure that continued progress and program improvements will be accomplished. 

Dr. Beckum has indicated that at some point he would desire to be relieved of the responsibilities related to the position of Vice President for Community Formation and, based on the increasing demands of both assignments, I have determined that a reassignment of duties is in the best interest of all involved.

In this regard, as of today, February 23, 2015, I have relieved Dr. Beckum of the duties and responsibilities of Vice President for Community Formation.  He will retain the position and duties of University Chaplain, however.  Again, we deeply appreciate his service and commitment to the university and look forward to his continued leadership.  As University Chaplain Dr. Beckum will continue to report to the President.

President David Spittal speaking at an April 2014 event. Photo by Jim Smith.President David Spittal speaking at an April 2014 event. Photo by Jim Smith. 

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Kristi Keeton as Vice President for Student Development, effective immediately.  Kristi completed her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at Olivet Nazarene University and the Master of Education in College Student Affairs at Azusa Pacific University.  During her twenty-eight years of service to the university she has served as Resident Educator from 1988-2000; ASG Advisor 2000-2002; and as Dean of Residential Life from 2006 to the present.  As Vice President she will assume responsibility for all student life programs, provide leadership as Title IX Coordinator and serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet reporting to the President.

Kristi is married to Tim Keeton, Associate Vice President for University Advancement, and they have two adult children, Cameron and Brittany.  Kristi and Tim are members of Olathe College Church of the Nazarene.

I want to thank Dr. Beckum for his leadership and dedicated service to the university and congratulate Kristi Keeton on this new appointment. 

David J. Spittal


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Joshua Brisco ('17) is a multimedia major from Shawnee, Kansas. He has been a member of The Trailblazer as a reporter, sports editor, news editor, managing editor and Editor-in-Chief.

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