Chief Financial Officer

40 hours/12 months
July 01, 2017


The Chief Financial Officer provides leadership in the planning and management of the university’s financial resources, and in the communication of its financial information to internal and external constituents.  He/she also provides leadership to seven of the university’s operations departments.



  • Participates in the President’s Cabinet to assess the financial aspects of plans under consideration, and develops business models and recommendations regarding the allocation of financial resources to support the institutional strategy. 
  • Provides financial and operational reporting to the Board of Trustees and executive team, as well as to external constituents (e.g., accreditors, donors, regulators, etc.).
  • Leads and continually improves the operations of seven departments: Finance/Accounting, Business Services, Information Technology, Human Resources/Legal, Physical Plant, Security, and Pineview Apartments.  Recruits and develops exceptional team members, fosters teamwork, and inspires team members to excellence.
  • Oversees budget management, risk management, and investments management (endowments and other scholarship funds of $40 million).
  • Maintains highly collaborative relationships with academic leaders and other administrative leaders to promote fiscal awareness and accountability.
  • Manages vendor contracts for the bookstore, grounds, food service, etc.
  • Stays abreast of relevant professional and tax standards, and laws governing higher education and employment matters, so as to keep CIU in compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Ensures that adequate controls and procedures are in place (and documented) to safeguard the institution’s assets and produce reliable financial information.
  • Supervises the directors of the following departments: Finance/Accounting, Business Services, Information Technology, Human Resources/Legal, Physical Plant, Security, and Pineview Apartments.


  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to CIU’s biblical and community life and doctrinal standards, mission and goals.
  • Proven senior level management and organizational skills with ability to manage departments, projects, tasks and deadlines.
  • Ability to work well within a team.
  • Demonstrated expertise in financial reporting, management, and analysis in an organization with a diverse financial structure and fund accounting system.
  • An understanding of the critical issues facing, and laws governing, higher education.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • BA/BS Degree in Accounting, Finance or related major.
  • CPA certification preferred.
  • Five (5) years of proven financial and operations management experience within a large, complex organization.

Regina Waschko

A photo of Regina Waschko, professor at CIU-Korntal.

D.Min., Columbia International University

Regina Waschko is responsible for student support at CIU-Korntal (European School of Theology and Culture). She has been the Professor of (Member Care) since 2013. Regina served for over 8 years with SEND in the Philippines and later on as the member care provider for German-speaking SEND missionaries before joining the European School of Culture and Theology (ESCT) in 2009. 

Elmar Spohn

Professor of Missiology

M.A. Columbia International University; D.Th. University of South Africa 

Elmar Spohn has taught Intercultural Studies at the European School of Culture and Theology (CIU-Korntal) since 2013. He served as a missionary in Tanzania for eight years. Spohn also works part-time at a vocational school, mentoring young men with various challenges in their lives. 

He and his wife Marietta have three daughters.

Bernhard Ott

Bernhard Ott

Ph.D. (Missiology), Oxford Centre for Mission Studies

Dr. Bernhard Ott has served as the EdD Program Director since 2006 and the Academic Dean of the European School of Culture and Theology (ESCT) since 2013. He is also a part-time lecturer at the Theologischen Seminar Bienenberg (Switzerland) and Chairman and Director at the European Evangelical Accrediting Association (EEAA).

Traugott Hopp

A photo of Traugott Hopp.

Traugott Hopp has served as president of AWM since 2002. The native Hesse studied theology at Theologischen Seminar Tabor and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Chicago. The emphasis of his studies were Old Testament and Mission. He was a professor of Old Testament and Mission at "Theologischen Seminar Tabor" from 1990-1995. Hopp has gained a wide scope of experience and insights through his five years with the Marburger Brazilian Mission, service in the local church, chairmanship of the "Hessischen Gemeinschaftsverband", as representative of the student body in Tabor and as lecturer. 


CIU Fitness Center Weight Room Expanded, Equipment Upgraded

January 09, 2017
Damian Hurta and Jordan Dillingham

By Bob Holmes

If the grimace on the face of CIU basketball player Damian Hurta was any indication, the new weight room equipment in CIU’s Moore Fitness Center is going to be an effective training tool for CIU athletes. 

Hurta was doing some pretty heavy bench pressing on the new equipment during one of the basketball team’s first practices at the start of the spring semester.  


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