Howard retired as President of Hesston College in Hesston, Kansas. A native of Michigan, Howard graduated from Hesston College, Central Michigan University, and then the University of Kansas, where he earned his Ph.D. in Communication Studies. Howard is a certified leadership coach through the International Coach Federation, is an Associate in Leadership and Coaching with the Community Engagement Institute at Wichita State University, and Senior Lecturer in Business at Bluffton University. His family has resided in Hesston since 1987. Howard has served on the CIS Mid-America Board since 2002 because it is one means to fulfill his personal sense of call to change the world.