Senior Executive Cabinet
Dr. Steve Adamson, B.S., M.S., M.Div., Ph.D.
Provost and Chief Operating Officer
Tim Fischer is the Chief Financial Officer of Arizona Christian University and has held significant leadership positions in higher education for the past 12 years, including serving as the turn-around CFO at Grand Canyon University as it transitioned from near bankruptcy to profitability. Along with higher education organizations, he has been an executive for over 45 years with publicly traded companies, banking institutions and healthcare organizations. He has served on Boards of Directors of accredited universities, commercial banks, hospitals, health maintenance organizations and an internationally recognized research laboratory.
Tim is accomplished in corporate and board governance, building corporate fiscal strength, streamlining operating processes and fostering a culture of regulatory compliance. He is also a partner with FischerGibbs Consulting Group where the practice is focused on:
- Corporate turnaround and restructure
- Financial control and planning
- Title IV and student loan administration
- Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
- Growth and change management
- Regulatory compliance for higher education and banking
- Human Resources and benefits administration
Tim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Accounting from Eastern New Mexico University. He is also licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Arizona – private industry.
Tim has been married to his wife Janis for 47 years and has two adult children and 4 grandchildren.
Vice President of Enrollment
Pete Hamstra graduated from Dordt College in Iowa with degrees in Biology and Spanish. He then worked in the admissions office for Dordt, traveling all over the United States and Canada for six years. Pete moved back to Arizona with his wife, Linda, and worked in the garbage industry for nine years, including owning and operating his own business (West Valley Waste Service) for seven of those years. During that time his four children (three sons and a daughter) were born. He sold the business in 1996 and returned to admissions work at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, as Dean of Admissions. He also served on the Administrative Council, and later served as Vice President of Admissions and Marketing and Vice President of Admissions and Advancement. During that time, the college grew in enrollment from 600 to well over 1,200. In January of 2014, Pete and his family moved back to Arizona where he began serving at ACU in his current position as the Vice President of Enrollment.
Interim Vice President of Advancement
Dan Peddie has 41 years of involvement in nonprofit organizations. He has worked at all levels of fundraising development – capital campaigns, planned giving, annual funds, special events, outreach programs, major gift solicitations (individuals, corporations, foundations), board and volunteer development, cause-related marketing, corporate and foundation grants. His work experience includes such well-known organizations as UCLA, World Vision, and Young Life.
Dan comes from FC Associates, where he specialized in major gift fundraising. Since starting in 2002, FC Associates has helped nonprofits on a strategic deployment of all available organizational assets – human and financial – toward an impact on fundraising. His mantra is, “Everyone raises money in a nonprofit whether they know it or not.” He is recognized for creative solutions that maximize resources cost effectively and in an integrative approach. Getting more out of the fundraising expense is a challenge he enjoys.
Dan has earned the professional designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and has actively participated in numerous professional organizations, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Institute for Charitable Giving, National Committee on Planned Giving, San Diego Community Foundation and Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA).
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ. He also holds a master of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas. His focus of study was Semitic languages and Old Testament studies.
Dan lives with his wife and daughter in La Jolla, CA. Their two sons live nearby in San Diego and Los Angeles.
Jeff Rutter has worked in college athletics for the past 16 years. A graduate of Biola University, Jeff got his start as an assistant men’s basketball coach at California Baptist University. After two years at CBU, Jeff started a 10 year stint at Azusa Pacific University. In addition to coaching on the men’s basketball staff, Jeff entered into athletic administration as the Director of Athletic Development. Jeff was a part of an unparalleled run of NAIA athletic excellence as APU took home 10 straight NACDA Director’s Cup awarded to the best overall athletic department. During that time, Azusa Pacific also won 10 straight GSAC All-Sports Awards given to the best department in the distinguished Golden State Athletic Conference. APU Basketball won 4 GSAC Regular Season Championships, 7 GSAC Tournament Championships, and made 10 consecutive trips to the NAIA National Tournament, appearing in the 2005 and 2010 National Championship games.
Jeff arrived at Arizona Christian in 2012 as the Head Men’s Basketball coach. After winning 20 games and qualifying for the NAIA National Tournament in their first season in the GSAC and NAIA Division 1 basketball, ACU men’s continued to improve breaking the school record victories in 2013-14, 2014-15 and again in 2015-16. In January of 2014, Jeff was named Director of Athletics at ACU.
During this time, ACU has been recognized as a Champion of Character institution and has received numerous accolades for the academic success of its athletic teams. Jeff is passionate about college athletics and the growth and transformation that can occur when sports are done well.
Vice President of Professional, Adult & Online Studies
Dr. Karl Sterner has over 13 years of experience in higher education. Prior to joining Arizona Christian University, Dr. Sterner was a Senior Director with Webster University. In this position, he turned around locations in Sarasota, Fl., Denver, Co., and St. Louis, MO. Additionally, he exceeded enrollment goals for all locations and increased net revenue each year at each location. Dr. Sterner was selected by the Provost and Vice Provost of Webster University in 2013 to work in the Office of Academic Affairs on the main campus in St. Louis, MO to oversee admissions, recruitment, enrollment, and student affairs within five university segments: Metropolitan, Military, Online, International, and St. Louis.
Dr. Sterner earned his doctorate degree in education with an emphasis in higher education from Argosy University. He received additional degrees (3) in educational administration, an MBA, and a bachelor of education in teaching. His community involvement included board positions with the Denver Arthritis Foundation, Marie Droste Counseling Services, and the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Dr. Sterner has taught at the bachelor, master, and doctorate levels for over 15 years, served on over one hundred doctoral dissertations, and is a lifelong learner. He received awards such as: Presidential Recognition, Most Improved Campus (2 years), Greatest Percentage Increase in Enrollments (4 years), and Award of Excellence in Central Florida.