President's Biography

Lillian Schumacher

Dr. Lillian “Lil” Schumacher took the helm as Tiffin University’s Interim President on January 11, 2016 and was named President just 5 months later on June 8, 2016. Prior to her presidency, she has been an integral part of the University since July 2010, first as Dean of the School of Business and most recently as Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“Tiffin University and the City of Tiffin has been part of my family for almost 25 years,” Schumacher said. “TU is a great institution in a fine city and I am thrilled to continue its tradition of success. We have exceptional faculty and staff who believe in student success, a supportive and engaged Board of Trustees, and an exceptional diverse student body that expects the best from us. With these strengths, we can achieve great things.”

A natural leader who has experience and academic training in leadership, Dr. Schumacher has more than 29 years of experience in higher education and corporate environments in areas of program development, assessment, accreditation, teaching, strategic planning, budget preparation and administration, staff selection and evaluation, and fundraising. She has more than 21 years of knowledge designing and teaching courses and workshops in the areas of organizational behavior and change, strategy, leadership, entrepreneurship, communication, career mapping, human resources, international business and global leadership, and other related classes.

With more than 17 years serving as an organizational consultant in areas of leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, human resources, career coaching and change management, Dr. Schumacher has a high degree of enthusiasm for establishing creative, stimulating and positive environments.

She has demonstrated ability to manage and advocate change processes in higher educational and corporate settings and is highly motivated, results-oriented professional with approachable leadership style, a strong work ethic marked by dedication, initiative, integrity, and professionalism.

As the Vice President of Academic Affairs, she oversaw all facets of Tiffin University’s academic programs, including more than 90 undergraduate and graduate majors, minors, certificates and concentrations. She worked with faculty and staff on program review, new program development and reinstituting the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning.

In addition to facilitating the creation of the Academic Affairs strategic plan, she was instrumental in reorganizing TU’s Academic Affairs division for oversight and support, due to enrollment and program growth, particularly with online programs.

Prior to returning to Tiffin with her family in 2010, President Schumacher was an Associate Professor and founding Director of the Ph.D. in Global Leadership program at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne. She served as the first Director of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness at Chancellor University in Cleveland and prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor in the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she also served as the Graduate Program Director and Assessment Coordinator for the school.

In the private sector, President Schumacher is a trained facilitator and executive coach specializing in the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI), DISC Personal Profile Systems and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). She has consulted with both national and international companies.

Dr. Schumacher is a Board Member of the Tiffin Community Foundation and Board Director of Webster Industries and Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation. She is past president of the Industrial Management Council and has served in various leadership positions for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP)—currently serving as Mentor.

A true Renaissance woman who knows that technology has placed the world at our fingertips, President Schumacher is actively involved in the global aspect of education, having served as a board member of the European Council for Business Education (ECBE) until December 2016 and now working to integrate global diversity into curricular and out of classroom experiences for all Tiffin University students.

President Schumacher holds a Doctorate in Leadership Studies and Master’s degrees in Organization Development and Higher Education Administration, all from Bowling Green State University. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA.

Although she has lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, President Schumacher is happy to call Tiffin her home.

Under her guidance, President Schumacher promises to bring a high degree of enthusiasm for establishing creative, stimulating and positive environments to her new position at Tiffin University.