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.
Dr. Steve Adamson, B.S., M.S., M.Div., Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice President
Dr. Steve Adamson, a seasoned corporate and academic manager with global experience, is the Provost and Executive Vice President 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.
Robin Klung, B.S.
Chief Financial Officer
Robin Klung is the Chief Financial Officer at Arizona Christian University. Robin has more than 20 years of accounting and financial leadership experience, in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She began her professional career as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Washington, DC and has subsequently held various management positions at organizations in Phoenix and in the Washington, DC area. She most recently served for three years as Chief Financial Officer at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Prior to that, she was Vice President, Accounting and Finance, for five-and-a-half years at the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia. Robin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi and is an actively licensed CPA in Virginia.
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.
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 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 awards for 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.
Jon Cline, B.A.
Vice President of Campus Operations
Jon Cline is the Vice President 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 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, vendor relations, and commercial real estate leasing. Besides establishing multiple international offices, his expertise also extends to audio/video, print, and information technologies. Jon has been married to his wife, Amy, for 27 years, and has 4 children, two of whom have attended ACU.
Dr. Edward A. Clavell
Dean of Academic Affairs
Dr. Clavell is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Arizona Christian University. He began his professional career as a metal craftsman and entrepreneur in New York City. Upon moving to Arizona, he continued his entrepreneurial ventures as owner-operator of Jessco Industries and production manager of Heritage Metalworks. Along the way he transitioned into church ministry and academics.
His ministry experiences include Children’s Pastor, Church Plant Pastor, and Executive Pastor. Dr. Clavell has served as Dean of Students and Director of Escuela de Esperanza at Phoenix Seminary. Additionally, he has served as Interim Chair of the Biblical Studies Department and Chair of the Business Administration Department at Arizona Christian University. He also enjoys being a member of an exciting team of consultants serving Southwest Church Connection, as well as serving as Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church – Tempe.
Dr. Clavell and his wife Sandra live in Chandler, Arizona. They have been married for over 41 years and have two adult sons, Shawn married to Sarah, and Justin married to Desi.
Dr. Clavell is a baseball fan, his favorite team being the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also enjoys music, cooking, reading, and spending as much time as he can with his family.
Dr. Jared Black
Dean of Students
Dr. Jared Black has served as Dean of Students since December 2016. In this role, Dr. Black oversees the Student Development Division, which consists of Student Life, Spiritual Life, Residence Life and Dining, First-Year Success Programs, Campus Recreation, Counseling Services, Career Services, Study Abroad, Student Leadership Development, and Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. Dr. Black also oversees the University’s Title IX compliance efforts as the Title IX Coordinator.
Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Black served as the Director of Student Engagement at Arizona Christian University from 2015-2016. Dr. Black has over 10 years of experience in higher education and student affairs, working in areas such as residence life (Belmont University), campus life (Arizona State University), and student organizations (University of Kentucky).
Dr. Black earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Studies in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from Belmont University.
A native Kentuckian, Dr. Black loves University of Kentucky athletics, listening to music, playing guitar, and spending time with his family. He and his wife Natalie live in Phoenix, Arizona with their three sons.
Dr. Peter Dryer
Dr. Peter Dryer was named the Athletic Director of Arizona Christian University in May 2019. He earned a PhD in Leadership specializing in Sport Administration from Concordia University Chicago in 2018.
Dr. Dryer came to ACU in the Spring of 2015 and served as the Assistant Athletic Director for the Firestorm. He oversaw game day management, spiritual development, and facilities management within the Athletics Division. Additionally, Dr. Dryer developed a Sport Management concentration as part of the Business Administration major and taught various courses in ACU’s School of Business.
Prior to ACU, Dr, Dryer served as Athletics Director and Men’s Soccer Coach at Bluefield College (NAIA) in southern Virginia for five years. During his time there he guided the department through the re-emergence of a football program, conference alignment, and an athletics rebranding and re-visioning process.
Before his service at Bluefield, Dr. Dryer earned his MA in Higher Education at Geneva College and worked in the athletics department with the men’s soccer program. Additionally, he was active in the club soccer scene as Director of Coaching and youth coach for the Pittsburgh Strikers Soccer Club.
Dr. Dryer attended Cedarville University and graduated in 2005 with a degree in Business Management. While there, he played and captained the Yellow Jackets men’s soccer team, earned all-conference honors, and appeared in three NCCAA national tournaments.
Dr. Dryer and his wife, Kristin, their son, Cooper, and daughters, Noelle and Molly, reside in Cave Creek.