Troy DeWayne VanAken, Ph.D.

40 Eagle Street, Greenville, Pennsylvania, 16125, W 724.589.2100, H 724.373.8201, C 724.456.9268



Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics, 1994; Master of Arts in Mathematics, 1991

Specializations: Combinatorics and Coding Theory; Cognate: Probability and Statistics


Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan

Bachelor of Science, 1989

Major: Mathematics; Minors: Computer Science and Physical Education

Completed Secondary Education Teaching requirements



Collegiate Management Institute, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 2006

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Institute for Educational Management, 2005

American Council on Education, Washington D.C., ACE Fellow, 2002-2003

Project Kaleidoscope, Washington D.C., Faculty for 21st Century Fellowship, 1996

Project NExT, Washington D.C., Project NExT Fellow, Mathematical Association of America and Exxon Educational Foundation sponsored program for new faculty, 1995



Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania, 2009 - present

President and Professor of Mathematics

Executive head of the College, serving as the official link between the College community and the Board of Trustees and charged with general oversight and direction of the instruction, discipline, co-curricular interests and management of the institution. Preside at all public exercises of the College and at meetings of the faculty and administration.  Key institutional successes have included increasing full time enrollment from 942 to 1050, increasing first to second year retention 11 percentage points, growing endowment funds from $21 to over $63 million, leading the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic plan, increased annual support while securing the three largest gifts in the College’s history ($25 million, $5 million, and $3.7 million), and moving annual operating budgets from an initial deficit of $800,000 to four consecutive years of surpluses each greater than $600,000.


Albion College, Albion, Michigan, 1999 - 2009

Executive Vice President, 2006 - 2009

Responsibilities include college budget planning and oversight, facilities planning, internal and external entrepreneurial initiatives, endowment and investment oversight, business and accounting offices, information technology, sustainability initiatives, dining and hospitality, facilities operations, conference services, real estate activities, risk management, and the equestrian center.  Significant areas of involvement include trustee relations, community/economic projects, assisting with fundraising and grant initiatives, and other special assignments as requested by the president.  Serve as staff liaison to the audit, finance and business affairs, building and grounds, and investment committees of the Board of Trustees.  Managed and served on the board of directors for Colchester Properties and Briton Acres; both wholly owned subsidiary corporations of Albion College.


Acting Head of Institutional Advancement, 2007

Oversaw fundraising and advancement operations, including staff of twenty-four, major gift cultivation, stewardship, annual fundraising, campaign guidelines, communications and marketing, and alumni and parent relations.  Was assigned several major gift prospects at various stages in the donor pipeline.


Vice President for Finance and Management, 2005 - 2006

Served as the Chief Financial Officer during development of a new financial model.  Accountable for budget planning, endowment and investment oversight, and leadership of finance functions as well as operations of human resources, business office, facilities operations, dining and hospitality services, and the equestrian center.


Athletic Director/Executive Assistant to the President, 2003 - 2006

Supervised athletic staff and coaches for 18 NCAA Division III teams, a new IHSA equestrian team and facility, the campus recreation and fitness center, intramurals, facilities planning, and media relations.  Assisted with fundraising activities, alumni events, science faculty development, and other special assignments as requested.


Vice President for Information Technology, 1999 - 2006

Provided oversight and strategic planning for technology initiatives, systems and facilities.  Areas of responsibility included managing a college/community technology grant, campus technology purchases, implementing technology systems, networks, web sites, network file servers, public labs, media services, software licensing, and distance learning facilities.

American Council on Education Fellow, 2002 - 2003

Placement at San Jose State University, San Jose, California.  In addition to a yearlong curriculum, I shadowed the President and senior administrators.  Areas of focus included: fiscal stability while undergoing a comprehensive quality enhancement initiative, continuous quality improvement, budget and technology planning, and California State system activities.  Time was also spent in athletics working on Division I status and budgets.  Maintained permanent employment with Albion College throughout fellowship.


University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana, 1994 - 1999

Assistant Vice President for Instructional Technology, 1996 - 1999

Provided oversight and planning for instructional technology systems and facilities, including Harlaxton College, the British Campus in Grantham, England.  Areas of responsibility include implementing technology systems, campus technology purchases, Y2K initiatives, local area network, Internet and intranet web sites, network file servers, public computer labs, media services, software licensing agreements, and distance learning facilities.  Additional responsibilities included membership on the President’s Cabinet and Academic Affairs Council, facilities planning, grant writing, and leading science and mathematics faculty on interdisciplinary initiatives.


Assistant Professor of Mathematics, 1994 - 1999

Taught Database Systems, Probability, Statistics, Calculus I-III, Workshop Science and Mathematics, Mathematical Ideas, Survey of Calculus, Math for Elementary Teachers.  Departmental duties included chairing the Assessment Committee, advising, supervising the network and department computers, and managing departmental web sites. Constructed the first University of Evansville comprehensive website.


Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1990 - 1994

Research Fellow, 1993 - 1994

Research area: communication theory using algebra and combinatorics.  Focus was on error correcting codes, coding theory, and affine difference sets.


Course Coordinator, 1991 - 1993

Supervised operation of Intermediate Algebra course, hired/oversaw 4 instructors and 10 tutors that served 200 students per semester, administered budgets, scheduled sections, counseled students, and formulated curriculum guidelines.


Teaching Assistant, 1990 - 1991

Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I & II, and Intermediate Algebra



Entrepreneurship/Economic/Community Development

Started three profitable technology related companies that employed 25 individuals.  Participated in local and regional economic development initiatives.



Technology, financial, and strategic planning; instructional technology; e-commerce, and web/database integration; facilities design; expert witness in federal software case.

Athletic Coaching

High school football, junior high track, youth baseball, and youth football.



T. VanAken, “A crisis in higher education.” Pittsburgh Quarterly. Web. Fall 2012.

T. VanAken, “A Search for Affine Difference Sets of Even Order”, Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, 1996, volume 62, pp. 125-133.

S. Broad and T. VanAken, “Cyclic Affine Difference Sets of Order 8 Modulo 16”, Congressus Numerantium, 1996, volume 122, pp. 203-206.

J. Hayden and T. VanAken, “Character Theory and Idempotents in Affine Difference Sets”, Congressus Numerantium, 1995, volume 112, pp. 185-190.

T. VanAken, “Jobs in Academia”, Concerns of Young Mathematicians, 1995, volume 3, issue 33.

T. VanAken, “Problem 490 Conic Covers”, The Pentagon, 1995, Fall, pp. 35.

T. VanAken, Affine Difference Sets, Dissertation, Bowling Green State University, 1994.



Conferences/lectures/meetings attended

The Science and Art of you Successful Campaign, Gonser Gerber, Chicago, July 2014

Council of Independent Colleges President's Meeting, 2010-2014

Lutheran Education Conference of North America President's Meeting, 2010 and 2013

NCAA Annual Convention, January 2004-2006, 2010-2014

Institute for Charitable Giving: Designing a Successful Capital Campaign, Chicago, 2011

Association of Governing Boards Annual Meeting, San Diego, 2009

National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing, and Retention, Chicago, 2008

NACUBO Annual Meeting, Chicago, 2006 and 2008

National Information Technology in Liberal Education Summit, San Francisco, 2008

Commonfund Endowment Investment Forum, Orlando, Florida, 2007 and 2008

Advancing to the Presidency, American Council on Education, Washington D.C., 2007

Considering the Presidency, Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin, 2006

Building a Better Board of Trustees with Dick Chait, Gambier, Ohio, 2006

Integrating Library and Computing Services, Gambier, Ohio, 2006

American Council on Education Annual Meeting, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006

American Council on Education Fellows Weekend, Washington D.C., 2003

California State University: Advocacy Team Development Conference, Sacramento; Board of Trustees Meeting, Fullerton, California; Business Officer Conference, San Bernardino, California, all in the spring of 2003

American Council on Education:  Fellows Mid-year Seminar, San Diego, 2003; Opening Seminar, Snowmass, Colorado; Fellows Weekend, Washington D.C., 2002

Rethinking Teaching and Learning Spaces for Liberal Arts Colleges, Atlanta,  2002

COMDEX, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1998, 2000, and 2001

ASP/XML Connections, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2001

Special Interest Group of University Computer Services, St. Louis, Missouri, 2001

Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges Conference, Crawfordsville, Indiana, 2000

AIIM 2000, New York, New York, 2000

EDUCOM, 1997 and 1998

Project Kaleidoscope National Assembly, 1996 and 1997

Special Interest Group of University Computer Services, St. Louis, Missouri, 1997

Mathematical Association of America Indiana Section Meeting, Indianapolis, 1996

Southwest Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference, Evansville, 1996

Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Baton Rouge,  1996

Joint AMS and MAA Mathematical Meetings, Orlando, Florida, 1996


Lectures/papers/workshops presented

Panel discussion, 2014 NCAA Division III Faculty Athletic Representative Fellows Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana 2014.

"Understanding & Communicating the D-III Model", Invited Address, President's Athletic Conference Symposium, Cranberry, Pennsylvania, 2014.

"Student Engagement", Plenary Session, Lutheran Education Conference of North America President's Meeting, San Diego, California, 2010.

“2% Solution Follow Up”, panel discussion with state, county, and city representatives on localized environmental initiatives, Albion, Michigan, 2008.

"Athletics and the Liberal Arts Education - Past, Present and Future", panel discussion, Albion, Michigan 2004.

“Information Technology in the Service of the Liberal Arts”, GLCA Information Technology Summit, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, 2001.

“Information Technology in the Liberal Arts College”, NASCUMC Annual President’s Conference, Hilton Head, South Carolina, 2000.

“Technology in Education”, Southwest Indiana PC Users Group, Evansville, Indiana, 1998.

“Facilities for the Future: Accommodating Technologies”, PKAL Facilities Roundtable, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1998.

“Technology: Strategic and Financial Planning”, Independent Colleges of Indiana's Retention and Persistence Workshop, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1998.

“Project NExT in Indiana”, MAA Indiana Section Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1996.

“Appropriate Role of Technology in Mathematics Education”, (with panel discussion) Southwest Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics Mini Conference, Harrison High School, Evansville, Indiana, 1996.

“Cyclic Affine Difference Sets of Order 8 Modulo 16”, Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Computing, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1996.

“A Mathematical Journey Back To The Future”, Kappa Mu Epsilon Banquet, University of Evansville, 1995.

“Character Theory and Idempotents in Affine Difference Sets”, Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory and Computing, Boca Raton, Florida, 1995.

“Math Using Technology”, Midwestern Mania, University of Evansville, 1994.

“Introduction to Error-Correcting Codes”, University of Evansville Math Club, 1994.

“On Affine Difference Sets”, University of Evansville, 1994.


University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Horizon, Board of Directors, 2009 - present

NCAA Division III Management Council, 2013 - present

Community Connections, Founding Board Member, 2013 - present

Presidents’ Athletic Conference, Chair of Presidents’ Council, 2013 - 2014

NCAA Division III Chancellor/Presidents Advisory Group, 2011 - present

Penn-Northwest Economic Development Corporation, Board of Directors, 2009 - 2014

Educational & Institutional Insurance Administrators Advisory Council, 2008 - 2009

Albion College Sustainability Council, Founder and Leadership Team, 2007 - 2009

Project Kaleidoscope Leadership Initiative Liaison, Albion College, 2006 - 2009

National Association of Division III Athletic Directors, 2003 - 2006

NCAA Division III Focus Group, MIAA Athletic Director Representative, 2005

Southwest Indiana Technology Center, Technology Consultant, 2003 - 2007

MIAA Men’s Tennis Coordinator, 2003 - 2006

Albion College Campaign Leadership Committee, 2001 - 2006

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, Building Technology Consultant, 2001 - 2006

Hillsdale Youth Football Coach, 2004

Albion College Equestrian Implementation Committee, 2003 - 2004

Albion City Cable Television Committee, 2000 - 2002

Calhoun County High Speed Telecommunications, Sub-committee Chair, 2000 - 2002

Access Evansville, Board of Directors, 1997 - 1999

Evansville Signature School, science/mathematics committee, 1996 - 1997

Interdisciplinary Science Committee, co-authored successful NSF grant, 1994 - 1997

World Wide Web Committee, chairman, University of Evansville, 1995 - 1996

Co-founder of committee to develop a Multimedia Major, University of Evansville, 1995



2013   Hillsdale College Alumni Achievement Award

2006   Collegiate Management Institute Scholarship, CACUBO

2003   American Council on Education Fellow, 2002 - 2003 Fellows Class

2000   Ameritech, $10,000 for Internet enhanced mathematics instruction

1998   Lilly Endowment, Inc, $200,000 for Center for Teaching Excellence

1998   Ameritech, $10,000 for audio video on demand via campus LAN

1997   University of Evansville, $7,500 Innovative Grant for new course media

1996   Project Kaleidoscope Faculty for 21st Century Fellowship

1996   National Science Foundation, $53,326 for Interdisciplinary Math/Science Course

1995   Project NExT Fellowship (Exxon Foundation program for math faculty)

1995   University of Evansville ADVANTAGE Grant (undergraduate research)

1993   Bowling Green State University Research Fellowship

1992   Finalist for Bowling Green State University Graduate Student Teaching Award

1990   Hillsdale College Computer Science Award

1989   Hillsdale College Mathematics Awards