Timpe retiring after 45 years

February 10, 2020

Dr. Randie Timpe has been a fixture at MVNU for decades and will be retiring in March of this year. 


Dr. Timpe studied religion at Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University) and went on to earn a master’s degree in experimental clinical psychology at Wichita State University and later achieved his Ph.D. in experimental social psychology at Oklahoma State University. From there, Timpe was “drawn to the mission and culture of religiously-oriented private higher education,” and in the fall of 1975, began a 45-year journey at MVNU. 


After many years as a psychology professor, Timpe worked primarily in academic affairs, and has served as the Assistant to the President for Planning and Director of Institutional Research and Accountability since June of 2016. Through his role in academic affairs, Timpe was essential in the development of course schedules, producing the course catalog, and overseeing parts of orientation and advising. In recent years, Timpe has worked to develop and maintain academic quality at the University and was involved in every re-accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. During his time at MVNU, the University became accredited for the Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. MVNU also received a grant that allowed for the development of the Center for Student Success, which Timpe says “has been a significant achievement for MVNU, especially the 1,400+ traditional undergraduates.” 


“While most on campus know Dr. Timpe as the keeper of statistical data and numbers that are critical to the University’s assessment and outcomes plan,” said Dr. Colleen Bryan, professor of psychology, “[the psychology department] has always had the additional benefit of his wisdom and knowledge of psychology and the nuances of human thinking and behavior in the classroom.” 


Forty-five years at the same institution leaves a significant mark. Timpe prefers not to think in terms of a legacy, but rather asks, “Have I helped make MVNU a better place? Have I helped MVNU achieve its mission?” 


“Dr. Timpe has served the cause of Christ on the MVNU campus for several decades. He is an expert on Higher Learning Commission policy and a careful researcher. He is distinguished by intelligence, diligence and integrity,” said University President Dr. Henry Spaulding. “His quiet demeanor has graced this University as his work has left a mark that will endure.” 


Upon his retirement, Timpe looks forward to traveling with his family and spending more time volunteering and enjoying his hobbies, which include stained glass and wood working. 


Photo from mvnu.edu. 




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