Cornerstone University welcomes new leadership in business, technology

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Connie Sattler and Dr. Tom Heetderks joined Cornerstone University’s Professional & Graduate Studies (PGS) in full-time roles.

Sattler will serve as assistant dean, and Heetderks’ new position is the dean of business at PGS.

Connie Sattler

Connie Sattler Courtesy Cornerstone University

Sattler has been at Cornerstone University for 11 years. As assistant dean, she will work alongside Heetderks and Dr. Graham McKeague, dean of human services. Sattler will focus on projects within PGS that improve innovative design, implementation and quality of the programs.

She was previously the instructional technology and training manager, as well as an instructor in PGS programs. As a manager, she helped faculty and staff across the university to better utilize the university’s learning management system as they served students.

“The exciting thing is that the training I do goes well beyond the Moodle learning management system,” she said. “I will continue to explore and train faculty on other innovative instructional technologies that support both on-ground and online learning.”

Sattler earned her Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in management from Cornerstone University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in business administration and psychology from Hope College.

Tom Heetderks

As dean of business, Heetderks will focus on providing academic leadership and vision in the business programs. He has more than 25 years of experience in human resource leadership. Previously, Heetderks has worked with corporations such as YUM Brands and Kenexa/IBM.

“In the corporate world, I’ve been blessed to work at and driven consulting initiatives with some of the most well-known and successful organizations in the world,” he said. “I look forward to carrying over these experiences to each of the adult learners in our business classrooms. When you’re in a business course here, you will be a part of challenging discussions and absorb content that is very practical and highly relevant to your workplace.”

Heetderks is the author of the book “Work Worth Doing” from Harvest House Publishers.

He received his Ph.D. and Master of Arts in industrial/organizational psychology from Wayne State University. Heetderks earned his Bachelor of Science in business and psychology from Calvin College, now Calvin University.

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