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Mission

Rochester College cultivates academic excellence, principled character, servant leadership, and global awareness through a rigorous educational experience that integrates liberal arts and professional studies within an inclusive Christian heritage.

Leadership

 Dr. Brian Stogner, President 

Dr. Brian Stogner has served as Rochester College’s 10th president since his appointment by the Board of Trustees in March 2017.

Stogner leads the college with a disciplined, spiritual and academic approach to leadership, which is critical in today’s culture to developing citizens for future service to their communities.

In his role as president and previously as interim president, Stogner has led the development of several programs at the college, including the construction of the Garth Pleasant Arena, starting the highly regarded School of Nursing and teaching programs, and initiating developments for Lake Norcentra Park and the Rochester Community Mural Project.

Stogner has a long history with Rochester College, beginning as a psychology professor in 1998, and then adding responsibilities as chief academic officer, provost and interim president.Read More

As president, Stogner believes in remaining actively involved in the classroom and continues to teach a few courses each year. This provides an understanding of student life and aids in designing effective courses and degree programs. He continues to be inspired by students’ thirst for knowledge and desire to impact the world around them.

Stogner is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Psychosomatic Society and Christian Association for Psychological Studies. Key recognitions include earning the American Psychosomatic Society Scholar Award, Rochester College Faculty Member of the Year and being included as an Oxford Round Table Discussant.

Stogner has practiced as a clinical psychologist for 20 years and has worked in church ministry for more than 25 years. He integrates his clinical and ministry vocations by serving on the National Missionary Care Task Force of the Missions Resource Network. He and his wife, Lisa, have a daughter, Katie. He enjoys exercise, the outdoors, college and NFL football, and he and his family love the Detroit Tigers.

Dr. Remylin Bruder, Provost

Dr. Remylin Bruder was appointed provost for Rochester College in October 2017. As provost, Bruder oversees all academic efforts of Rochester College, including the education of over 1,000 students learning in the six schools of the college. She leads 135 faculty, including 37 full-time and 98 part-time faculty, and oversee operations at the college’s four locations, its online and accelerated learning programs, and all bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Bruder has taught in higher education for over 16 years, serving in academic and administrative leadership roles of increasing responsibility. She helped start RC’s School of Nursing and has served as dean of the program for three years and as an associate professor of nursing. She was critical in helping the college earn its accreditation from both the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Michigan Board of Nursing for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Under her leadership, the School of Nursing has placed 100 percent of its graduates in jobs.Read More

Before coming to RC, Bruder worked as a registered nurse for over 23 years. She worked clinically in critical care and emergency/trauma nursing, and worked as a clinical nurse specialist in the emergency setting. She earned a doctorate in nursing practice from Oakland University. She has held leadership positions in numerous nursing examination and accreditation associations both statewide and nationally. She was a nominee for the Nightingale Awards for Nursing® in the category of Distinguished Oakland University Alumni, and belongs to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and the American Nurses Association-Michigan.

Bruder and her husband, Ken, have two sons and two dogs. They enjoy traveling, live music/theatre, and art. She is a fan of rugby—especially the NZ All Blacks.

Klint Pleasant, Sr. Vice President and Special Assistant to the President

As senior vice president and special assistant to the president, Klint Pleasant’s specific duties center on serving as athletic director and head coach of the men’s basketball team.

Pleasant started at the college in 2008 as athletic director. Since then, the college has added 11 sports, and moved its athletic program to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The NAIA has twice named the college a NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Institution.

In 2009, Pleasant added responsibility as vice president of enrollment, where he directed recruitment and admissions for the college’s traditional program. He and his team brought in several largest classes in RC history, including the largest incoming class in Fall 2017.Read More

He also served as an assistant men’s basketball coach for four seasons, and after his father, Garth, retired as head basketball coach, Pleasant stepped into the head coaching position, where he has a record of 156-41. Throughout his time as head coach, Pleasant has been honored as the USCAA National Coach of the Year, A.I.I. Conference Coach of the Year, and NAIA Coach of Character.

Before coming to RC, Pleasant led the NCAA Division II Abilene Christian University Wildcats, and he previously served as assistant coach at NCAA Division I Kent State University, NCAA Division I University of Tennessee-­Martin and NCAA Division II Wayne State University.

Pleasant’s roots are deeply planted in the soil of Rochester College. His grandfather, Lucien Palmer, was a founding father, dean of the college, and eventually president. His father, Garth Pleasant, was head men’s basketball coach for nearly 40 years.

Pleasant resides in Rochester Hills with his wife, Rachel, and their two daughters, Abigail and Julia. Together, they like to travel and play sports. Pleasant preaches part time at the South Lyon Church of Christ.

Tom Rellinger, Executive Vice President of the College – Chief Financial Officer

As executive vice president, Tom Rellinger oversees finances and operations for Rochester College. Tom also is a key player in fundraising, development and public relations for the college.

Since Rellinger joined the college in 2011 as the head development officer, he has cultivated a $1M gift—the largest alumni gift in Rochester College history, re-established the Rochester College Foundation, and led efforts to increase contributions to the Annual Fund by 92 percent between FY 2012 and 2015.

He works to pair financial partners who desire to make a difference in the world of Christian academics with Rochester College. This is achieved by igniting within each partner a passion for the college’s mission: to learn in a Christian setting, achieve academic excellence, and start down a path of servant leadership and social justice.Read More

Rellinger, a Rochester College alumnus, brings to his position a 15-­year career as both a systems engineer and a marketing executive, while at Conoco-­Dupont, IBM and Unisys. After completing an associate degree at Rochester College, Rellinger went on to earn a double major in computer science and chemistry from Oklahoma Christian University.

After his time in the corporate world, Rellinger made a career move to ministry, serving the Petoskey Church of Christ for 15 years as minister. During that time, Rellinger served on the Board of Trustees for Rochester College and the Board of Trustees for the Public Schools of Petoskey.

Rellinger lives in Rochester Hills with his wife, Diane, and enjoys time with his three adult children: Kali, Mackenzie and Gabriel. Rellinger is a musician and plays guitar, bass guitar and piano, and enjoys spending time in outdoor activities.

Scott Samuels, Vice President

Scott SamuelsScott Samuels serves as vice president for the college, overseeing the operation and strategy of enrollment, communication services and student life. Scott grew up in Clawson, Michigan, and his family are long-time supporters of the college, dating back to the school’s early years.

Scott began his service at Rochester College in 2002 as he brought his strong business background to the classroom as a faculty member in the School of Business. Scott’s success in leading an employee campaign for Garth Pleasant Arena and his desire to work with prospective students led him out of the classroom and into advancement and later admissions.Read More

Previously, Scott spent 14 years in banking, wealth management, and fiduciary trust services. In addition to his responsibilities in banking, Scott also spent time as a personal financial adviser for professional athletes.

Most recently, Samuels served as the head of school at Oakland Christian School in Auburn Hills. He graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1986 and went on to complete a master’s degree in finance from Walsh College in 1996.

Scott is married to Christie (Powers) and they have one son, Jacob Scott Samuels.