Author: Michelle [Shelly] Hillman
Categories: Faculty

Houghton College is pleased to welcome Deborah Rice as the new department chair for business and economics and assistant professor of management and business administration, effective July 1, 2017 following the retirement of Professor Ken Bates.

Rice comes to the college with more than 25 years of experience in organizational development, human resource management, and strategic leadership in a variety of nonprofit and for-profit contexts, including manufacturing, healthcare, Christian ministry, academia (elementary/high school and higher education), media, retail, and more. Additionally, she has extensive experience in legal and ethical employment compliance. In most recent years, Rice co-developed and led Missional Movement International, a consulting, coaching and training ministry focused on assisting Christian leaders with transformative strategies for faithful and intentional living and leading.

Rice is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and is certified by the Center for Credentialing & Education in North Carolina for life and executive leadership coaching.

“Deb Rice brings to this role the rare combination of an extensive business background and a profound understanding of Christian higher education. She is uniquely qualified to give leadership to our business department at this important time in our history, and I am thrilled that she is joining us,” remarked Dr. Jack Connell, provost and dean of the faculty.     

Rice earned her Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Chadron State College, a Master of Arts in Christian leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary, and is also a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Professional.

Deborah and her husband, Jim, currently reside in Kentucky and have four grown sons and two grandchildren. The Rices will join the Houghton College campus later this summer.