Faculty

Hans Nickel

Nickel is a former Sterling College student that has experience working in the sport business field at the youth, scholastic and collegiate levels. Having professional experience in a variety of sport management positions gives Nickel an eclectic background of real world experience to share with students in the classroom.

Dr. Mark Watney

Mark was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated to the United States in 1977. He has also lived and worked in Japan (’83-’84), India (’87), Turkey (’92-’93), and Los Angeles (’93-’00) as a missionary and English high school teacher. After graduating with his doctorate from The University of Texas at Dallas, he and his wife Laurel (Director of the Mabee Library), moved to Sterling College in 2006 where they have been working ever since. They have three sons:  Caleb (SC ’14) Micah (SC ’19) and Josiah.

Ken Troyer

Ken taught 13 years in Kansas public schools as a forensics and debate coach and public speaking and drama teacher. His teams won multiple state championships, with individual students not only winning state championships, but national titles as well.

Under his direction, the Sterling College debate and forensics team has returned to regional and national prominence with the debate team capturing multiple state championship titles and placing 9th in the nation in 2010-2011 and 12th in 2011-2012.

Timothy Thorpe

Tim Thorpe brings 11 years of operations and management experience to the Sterling College Department of Business. Prior to coming to Sterling College, Tim was responsible for information and data security at Viking Collection Service in Eden Prairie, Minn. 

Dr. Erin Laudermilk

Erin Laudermilk began working at Sterling College in the fall of 2007. Erin grew up in Illinois and came to Sterling College to help build and grow the athletic training program. She is passionate about educating and challenging her students and has a special interest in curriculum development and student learning styles. Erin and her husband, Wes, reside in Sterling and are the parents of two children, Avery and Owen.

Education

Ph.D. in Education from Northcentral University

Dr. T. H. Kwa

Dr. Kwa is actively involved in helping small businesses get started in Sterling by sitting on the board of the E-Community program that grants low-interest loans to small businesses. He comes to Sterling with vast experience in real estate, international business, management and many other concentrations within the business field (details are provided below under Professional Experience).

Education

Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science with emphasis on Real Estate Finance from Texas A&M
M.S. in Land Development from Texas A & M

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