SENIOR EXECUTIVE CABINET
The Senior Executive Cabinet provides leadership for Arizona Christian University. President Munsil has recruited a team of world-class senior executives to ensure the University delivers the academic and community life experiences students need to become equipped to transform culture with truth.
Len Munsil, B.S., J.D.
Len Munsil is the sixth President of Arizona Christian University, and is an accomplished public policy expert, a conservative organizational entrepreneur, a lawyer, a journalist, an educator and a writer. He has served as an Adjunct Professor and member of the Board of Trustees at ACU. Prior to joining ACU, Munsil served as Founding President and General Counsel for The Center for Arizona Policy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization.
For his work on behalf of children, families and biblical truth, he has received awards and commendations from Focus on the Family, American Family Association, National Family Legal Foundation, Arizonans for Home Education, the National Association for Marriage Enhancement, and the Center for Arizona Policy. He has trained prosecutors and attorneys, testified as an expert witness, authored books, and drafted legal briefs to courts to help protect children, families and communities from the negative effects of sexually oriented businesses.
B.S., M.S., M.Div., Ph.D.
Provost and Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Steve Adamson, a seasoned corporate and academic manager with global experience, is the Provost and Chief Operating Officer of Arizona Christian University. Steve’s academic career includes previous positions as a seminary Provost, Executive Director for an accrediting organization, distance education dean for a start-up Bible college, professor, and online instructor. In addition to being an academic, Steve has a Master of Divinity, and along with his wife Von, enjoyed serving as a supply minister for numerous churches in the Scottish Highlands and Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Before transitioning to academia, Steve had a 20-year corporate career in defense contracting, international technology and management consulting, and telecommunications. He held various management and director level positions with significant time spent working on assignments in Belgium, Canada, Germany, England, France, and Italy.
Dr. Adamson holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Science in Applied Mathematics, both from the University of Nebraska; he completed all but his dissertation in Operations Research from George Washington University. He has a Master of Divinity from Sangre de Cristo Seminary and a doctorate in Theology and Apologetics from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Jeff Rutter, B.A.
Vice President of Enrollment
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.
Tim Fischer, B.A., C.P.A.
Chief Financial 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.
James Griffiths, B.S., J.D.
Vice President of University Engagement
James Griffiths is the Vice President of University Engagement at Arizona Christian University. Prior to joining ACU, James was a Development Officer for FamilyLife (a CRU ministry) for 8 years, where he worked with high net-worth financial partners to the organization in the areas of personal stewardship, corporate philanthropy, and planned giving. A dual graduate of the University of San Diego (B.S. in Political Science magna cum laude in 1999, Juris Doctorate 2003) James spent the first nine years of his career as an attorney, specializing in the areas of constitutional law, religious freedom, and business litigation. He remains licensed to practice law in his home state of California.
Jon Cline, B.A.
Senior Director of Campus Operations
Jon Cline is the Senior Director of Campus Operations and serves on the President’s Cabinet at Arizona Christian University. Prior to joining ACU, Jon worked for 19 years at the Alliance Defending Freedom, and at the conclusion of his tenure there held the title of Vice President of Shared Services (Operations). Jon has also worked in hospitality management and legal services earlier in his career. A graduate of Lee University, Jon has his B.A. in History, with minors in both Political Science and Biblical Studies. Jon has specialized expertise in the areas of operational security; supply chain management; construction management; established multiple international offices; vendor relations; audio/video, print, and information technologies; and commercial real estate leasing. Jon has been married to his wife, Amy, for 26 years, and has 4 children, two of whom have attended ACU.