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.
David Landis serves as the Vice President for Administration and Institutional Initiatives. David is a 1988 graduate of Sterling College with a degree in American Studies. Through his involvement with Campus Crusade for Christ at SC (now known as CRU), Landis became convinced, not only of the truth of the gospel, but that he needed to work in places where he could make a difference in the lives of young people.
Bird joined the Institutional Advancement team in August of 2013 as the director of planned giving, In November 2016 she became the associate vice president for advancement. Bird has leadership responsibility for major gifts and manages a comprehensive planned giving program, including the Kelsey Society, charitable gift annuities, wills and trusts, non-cash gifts like real estate, stocks, and farm crops, endowed gifts, and gifts needing complex planning assistance.
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.
Dennis came to Sterling as a student over 30 years ago. He was interested in finding a college with a strong Christian perspective as well as a strong theatre program, communications program and a place where he sensed a committed community-and Sterling was it.