A native of Sterling, Earle graduated from Sterling College in 1991 with a bachelor of arts in Behavioral Science and attended St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn., for a master’s in Philanthropy and Development. Earle’s son Jonathan ’11 and daughter Ashley (Earle) Brandes ’09, are both Sterling graduates. His son-in-law, Paul Brandes ’11, was named Sterling’s chaplain in the summer of 2019. David and his wife, Sherry, enjoy living in Sterling.
Scott Downing ’79 is Sterling’s vice president for athletics. In his role at Sterling, Downing’s responsibilities include providing the strategic vision for Warrior Athletics and fundraising support to allow Sterling to consistently compete for championships. He provides long-range planning for Warrior Athletics and ensure compliance with the rules and regulations governing the operation of the athletic programs. Downing oversees an athletic department that features 18 teams and over 300 student-athletes.
Brown returns to Sterling College after serving as the director of virtual learning and instructional technology at Hutchinson Community College. Prior to that, he was the vice president for innovation and technology at Sterling from 2005 to 2011.
“What a wonderful opportunity to serve where my heart lies, within an institution that I hold so dear. The future presents tremendous potential for Sterling College, and I am blessed to be able to take part in that progress as a servant leader, working alongside skilled and caring professionals who are here to serve Christ,” said Brown.
Mitzi attended Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Mitzi is married, lives in Lyons and has 3 children. She enjoys reading, doing crafts and being with her family.
Scott Rich has been Sterling College's president since 2013. Rich joined the College in 2008, serving as chief financial officer where he provided leadership and oversaw finance, human resources, physical plant among other obligations, before being inaugurated as Sterling's 12th president.
Under Rich's leadership, Sterling has completed its 2011-2015 strategic plan and has launched "Guard & Guide", the strategic plan that will propel Sterling into 2020.
Justin is from Wichita, Kansas. He is in his thirteenth season as the Head Women's Soccer Coach at Sterling College. Coach Morris coached the men's team also up until December (2006) before stepping down to focus more on the women's team.
After her mom went to Sterling College before her, Michelle could only picture herself attending Sterling as well. Fourteen years later, she is working for Sterling College and has been here for 25 years and loving every day! Michelle works as the Chief Financial Officer in the Business office. She loves the energy and the quality of students that are enrolled at Sterling College. She finds the Christian, caring, helpful,and encouraging work place to be just the ideal place to make you want to come to work every day. Michelle doesn’t currently have any hobbies—she claims to just work all of the time! She is married and has 2 children, both graduates of Sterling, and a dog, Holly.