Spring Arbor University

Academic Affairs

Our office and all the people and programs that comprise Academic Affairs strive to reflect excellence consistent with what we should be as a Christian institution. Spring Arbor is a multifaceted institution, offering traditional undergraduate programs and extensive graduate and nontraditional undergraduate programs (including online).

We are here for three primary reasons:

  • To glorify God
  • To provide a learning environment in which all of us, students and instructors, grow intellectually and spiritually
  • To graduate persons prepared to be critical and impactful participants in the world

On this website, we have provided information that we hope will be helpful to persons wanting to learn more about our institution, its academic organization and programs. Links found here will allow you to access a variety of areas. If however, you do not find the information, you need, please contact us. We will be glad to share with you the many aspects of academics at SAU.



The academic affairs office is the hub of academic life at SAU. The office handles the hiring of full-time campus faculty, administrates academic programs, meetings (faculty, deans, graduate council and coordinators), faculty contracts, overload and development funds, as well as course evaluations. All common academic policies are cared for by this office, including student grade appeal and integrity issues. Other office responsibilities include administering the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and CIC Tuition Waive Exchange Programs, housing course syllabi and the coordination of commencement exercises.

Mission Statement

Fulfill the Concept by ensuring an academic environment that facilitates intellectual growth, transforming students’ lives and preparing them to impact the world.

Spring Arbor University, an evangelical Christian university affiliated with the Free Methodist church, is committed to excellence in liberal arts, professional and graduate studies. Through the influence of an affirming academic community where a faculty of Christian scholars integrates faith with experiential learning, students develop intellectually, grow as persons and are challenged by the call to vibrant Christian service.

Administration and Staff

Administration and Staff

M. Kimberly Rupert

Chief Strategy Officer

Dr. M. Kimberly Rupert holds degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Georgetown University and Yale University. She has taught at Central Michigan University, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and Barry University, and served on the Advisory Board of the Lubin School of Business, Pace University, and as a Trustee of Asbury Theological Seminary.

Kimberly worked for Texas Research Associates Corporation and the Franklin Institute Research Laboratories prior to joining American Express Company. During her eighteen years at Amex, she held positions in strategic planning, marketing, technology, the Chairman’s office, and finally as Senior Vice President & Ombudsperson. She has been involved in entrepreneurial ventures, and was also a United States Navy reservist, retiring as a Captain.

Dr. Rupert became Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Spring Arbor University in January of 2013, after serving for two years as a Trustee.

Carol Green

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Linda Sherrill

Assistant Provost, Interim Dean of the School of Education

Kathryn Stolz

Executive Assistant to Academic Affairs