Southeastern University

A few months ago, Carolyn Tripp asked me if I’d be willing to guest lecture in her Marketing classes at Southeastern University. She admitted to having dual motives — to expose her students to real-life boots on the ground examples of how marketing works in the non-profit world and to expose her students to Wycliffe. As one who loves students and teaching and Wycliffe, I jumped at the opportunity. So a couple three weeks ago I headed southwest toward Lakeland, Florida for my first visit to Southeastern (SEU). I had a delightful day — talking with students in two classes and meeting a number of faculty/adminstrators at lunch and an afternoon meeting.

Carolyn had also been talking to me about an Advisory Council which they were ready to re-engage as the School of Business begins the next phase of hard work that is associated with various kinds of accrediation and recognition. Part of my visit to the school was an opportunity to spy out the land to see if this is something I’d want to invest myself in and that would have some benefit for Wycliffe in some way. After the visit, a subsequent conversation with our President (my boss and my friend) and a bit more prayer, I contacted Carolyn to say yes.

The Council was hosted at a Reception this past week on campus — an opportunity for us to meet one another and make our existence official. Our first meeting meeting will be this summer. I’m humbled to have been asked to participate in this work and thrilled to venture into this new territory. I’m growing quickly in my appreication for Southeastern University along the way.

(From left) Advisory Council members Brian Carroll, Marsha Leap, Ruth Hubbard, Bill Mutz, and William Trimble, and college dean R. Joseph Childs. The occasion was an initial get-together with faculty this week at Southeastern University.

 So, can you see who is standing next to me in the blue shirt? Some of you will recognize Bill Mutz — formerly of Indianapolis and now of Lakeland. Cari Mutz Alt’s dad…actually, he’s “dad” to a lot of people — but that’s another story.

Here is the text from the school’s news release which will tell you a bit more about the council and the school:

Southeastern University


Contact: Gary Kimler, Public Relations Director
Southeastern University, 1000 Longfellow Blvd., Lakeland, Fla. 33801
863.667.5410 or 863.712.5089 *


 Business, community leaders join Council
to help Southeastern University students


LAKELAND, Fla. – Seven local and successful business and community leaders have agreed to share some of their time, experience and expertise to benefit students in Southeastern University’s College of Business and Legal Studies.

Brian Carroll, Carl Dockery, Ruth Hubbard, Roy Kasmar, Marsha Leap, Bill Mutz, and William Trimble comprise an Advisory Council whose mission is to help with policy formation, strategic planning, relationship building, mentoring and marketing. They will also help recruit students, raise private and public financial support, speak to classes about their real-world experiences and, in some cases, provide students with internships in their organizations.

Some of the Council members serve in other capacities at the university; Carroll and Dockery are also Southeastern alumni.

Carroll is president and CEO of The Carroll Group; Dockery, principal in Alpha Advisors USA; Hubbard, senior vice president of Wycliffe Bible Translators; Kasmar, president of Kasmar Companies LLC; Leap, president of Leap Ahead Professional Development LLC; Mutz, president and co-owner of Lakeland Automall; and Trimble, vice president and chief information officer of W.S. Badcock Corporation.

Southeastern’s College of Business and Legal Studies is accredited with the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) and is currently seeking a higher level of accreditation, according to Dr. R. Joseph Childs, the college dean. “The establishment of an Advisory Council is important and highly suggested for IACBE,” he said.

Other colleges at Southeastern University are gearing up to establish similar Advisory Councils to serve on their behalf.

Southeastern University is affiliated with the Assemblies of God. With about 3,000 students and more than 400 employees, it is one of the fastest-growing Christian universities in the country. Southeastern is committed to equipping students for a life of world-changing leadership both in a variety of professional careers and ministry-related fields. Southeastern is accredited to offer 45 programs leading to bachelor’s degrees and eight programs leading to master’s degrees.

 The University is located at 1000 Longfellow Boulevard, Lakeland, Fla. For more information, call (863) 667-5000 or visit the website at 

2 thoughts on “Southeastern University

  1. R. Joseph Childs says:

    We are honored to have you as part of our Advisory Council! You will bring a unique perspective and will certainly contribute lots of wisdom.

    Thanks for your service!

    Joe Childs,
    Dean, College of Business and Legal Studies

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