President Roger Drake

President Roger Drake

Dr. Drake is the 26th President of Central Methodist history. He joined CMU on July 1, 2013.

Dr. Drake had been Vice President of Administration and Finance at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky., for the previous nine years. His responsibilities included serving as chief financial officer, and overseeing areas such as accounting, finance, planning, human resources, information technology, information systems, buildings and grounds, the campus service center, and auxiliary enterprises.

Dr. Drake attended Lees Junior College (Jackson, Ky.), received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Eastern Kentucky University, a Master of Business Administration/executive MBA degree from Vanderbilt University, and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from Vanderbilt.

He is a former Vice President of Finance for AAA Mine Service, Inc. in Hazard, Ky. and prior to that served as Vice president for Business Affairs at Lees College in Jackson, Ky. Dr. Drake and his wife Judy live in Fayette.

Dr. Rita Gulstad

Dr. Rita Gulstad

A Central Methodist University employee since 1991, Dr. Gulstad currently serves as Provost in the Provost’s office in CMU’s Brannock Hall.

She received her Master of Arts in Library Science degree, Master of Arts in Romance Languages degree, and Doctor of Philosophy in Romance Languages degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.

Her hobbies include genealogy and reading.

Chaid Gaines

Chad Gaines

A Central Methodist University employee since 1995, Mr. Gaines currently serves as vice president for Technology and Planning in Technology Services in Cupples Hall/Smiley Library.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems degree from Columbia College in Columbia, Mo., and Master of Science in Computer Information Systems degree from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

His hobbies include family, hunting, classic cars, and Star Wars.

Dr. Josh Jacobs

Dr. Joshua Jacobs

A Central Methodist University employee since 2013, Dr. Jacobs currently serves as vice president of Advancement and Alumni Relations in Advancement and Alumni in CMU’s Brannock Hall.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology/Pre-medicine degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., Master of Arts in Organizational Management degree from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Doctorate of Education degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

His hobbies include spending quality time with his family and reading non-fiction.

Ken Oliver

Kenneth Oliver

A Central Methodist University employee from 1999-2009, and again since 2012, Mr. Oliver currently serves as vice president for Institutional Growth and Student Engagement in Student Development in CMU’s Student and Community Center. He also serves as the university’s Title IX officer.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health degree, and Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree from CMU, and his Master of Science in Science Education degree from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo.

His hobbies include family, boating, fishing, CMU athletics, and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

Kent Propst

Kent Propst

A Central Methodist University employee since 2011, Mr. Propst currently serves as executive director of Communications and Marketing in Marketing Communications and Public Relations in CMU’s Brannock Hall.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from Peru State College.

His hobbies include reading, the Green Bay Packers, and the Kansas City Royals.

Julee Sherman

Julee Sherman

A Central Methodist University employee since 1985, Mrs. Sherman currently serves as vice president for Finance and Administration in the Business Office in CMU’s Brannock Hall.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Management and Administration degree from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo., and Master of Business Administration degree from University of Missouri in Kansas City, Mo.

Her hobbies include attending basketball and Kansas City Royals games, and spoiling her grandson.