University Leadership, Staff and Faculty

Student Support

Students in need of assistance may speak with a staff member by calling (512) 812-2000 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday through Friday.

They may also contact university staff and instructors via e-mail ( or by using the messaging system in the course system. In most cases, a response to any inquiry will normally be made within 72 hours.

Course evaluations are also included with each course.  These provide students with opportunities to evaluate the courses and help in the future preparation of courses, revising of content, and the like.

Termination of Enrollment

Students may withdraw voluntarily at anytime simply by notifying the university by emailing

Termination may occur if a student fails to maintain academic good standing with the university, as per the academic probation policy.

Termination may occur if a student violates provisions of the standards of academic integrity or university code of conduct. This would constitute a non-academic dismissal.

Internships will be terminated if interns engage in conduct that is detrimental to the training site, its programs and/or its clients. This includes outrageous, unprofessional, or dangerous

Hartwell University Leadership and Staff

Matthew Flippen, President

Dr. LaChristy Reed, Vice President of Academic Administration

Dr. John Doak, Director of Compliance and Assessment

Ann Jagert, Financial Manager

Jessica Bowman, Director of Admissions, Registrar and Student Services

Chris Merrell, Director of Advancement

Hartwell University Faculty

Dr. Marla Behler

B.S. Early Childhood Education, University of Mobile; M.A. Instructional Technology, Ashford University; Ed.D. Organizational Leadership, Northcentral University – Instructor Education and Technology Courses

David Blaschke

BBA Management, Texas A&M University; MS Management, Texas A&M University; MA Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, Biola University; Master of Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD Candidate Biblical Spirituality, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – Instructor Bible, Ministry, Sociology and Theology Courses

Dr. John Doak

B.A. in Christian Ministry, Austin Graduate School of Theology; M.Ed. in Educational Administration, Texas Woman’s University, Ph.D. in Special Education with Bilingual Education Emphasis, Texas Woman’s University/University of North Texas Federation of North Texas Area Universities – Instructor Education Courses

LaKisha Jackson

AA General Business, McLennan Community College; BAAS in Business Operations, Tarleton State University; MBA with Concentration in Marketing, Tarleton State University; MSLS in Psychology, Tarleton State University; Ph.D. Candidate Higher Education Leadership, Texas A&M Commerce – Instructor Psychology Courses

Shannon Kelley

B.S. in Kinesiology, Texas A&M University Commerce; M.S. in Biological Science, Texas A&M University Commerce; Ed.D. in Higher Education, Texas A&M University Commerce – Instructor Science Courses

Dr. LaKeisha Newsome

AA in Liberal Arts, Wallace Community College; B.S. in Education, Troy University; M.S. E. Administration and Supervision, University of Phoenix; Educational Specialist Teaching and Learning, Liberty University; Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Liberty University – Instructor Education and Communications Courses

Dr. LaChristy Reed

B.S. in Criminal Justice, Troy University; Master’s in Public Administration, Troy University; Post Master Certification in Enrollment Management, Capella University; Ph.D. in Leadership in Higher Education – Instructor Education and Communications Courses

Maria Rolf

BS in General Studies with Teacher Licensure, Liberty University; Master of Arts in Religion, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary; Master of Divinity, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary; PhD Candidate Theology and Apologetics, Liberty University School of Divinity – Instructor Bible and Ministry Courses

Carey Stites

B.S. in Nutrition, Texas Tech University; M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics, Texas Tech University – Instructor Health and Science Courses

Traci Wilmoth

B.A. in English Literature, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; M.A. in English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; M.B.A., Stayer University – Instructor English and Literature Courses