Director of Growth Strategies
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Michael brings an invaluable set of skills and an entrepreneurial spirit to the BrightDot team that can only be gained through years of experience and passion. He has dedicated his career to the development of servant leaders through Christian-based higher education. Under Michael’s 22 years of visionary leadership, Campbellsville University (CU)—a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university—saw substantial growth in enrollment, staff, educational opportunities, campus grounds improvements, and multi-site expansion. During Michael’s presidency, CU raised more than $125 million for improvements and increased the school’s endowment nearly 400%. Enrollment grew from 1,600 at the beginning of his presidency to 13,500 in 2020.
Michael graduated from Marshall University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees and went on to graduate studies at Andover-Newton Theological College. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Michael is author of numerous articles ranging from higher education and community change to religion and life in Appalachia. He and his wife, Debbie, have three adult children. They reside in Kentucky and are active members of their church.