Derek Stemen

Admission counselor for Northwest Ohio

Van Wert, Ohio



My wife Abby, daughters Eliza and Leah


Major in college:  

Psychology, minor in sociology

Bluffton graduation year



Why I chose Bluffton University: 
There were many reasons why I choose to attend Bluffton University. First and foremost, I was thoroughly impressed with the closeness of the campus community. From the first time I stepped on campus during a visit (which I would highly recommend!) I could tell that the faculty, staff, and students truly cared about helping me become everything that God created me to be.


While at Bluffton, I was able to continue my athletic career by participating in NCAA Division III athletics. Based on those factors, and the knowledge that Bluffton has a strong academic reputation, I knew that Bluffton was the place for me. Overall, I was very pleased with my experiences as a student and I look forward to sharing them with you. 



Sports, woodworking, time with family.

Favorite Bible verse:

Let us not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)


Recruitment territory:
Ohio counties
Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lake, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams and Wood

Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming