Doug Watkins is a graduate of Valparaiso University with both a B.S. in Business Administration as well as an M.A in Liberal Studies. Serving as president of the Union Board and numerous other VU campus activities, he continued as an admissions counselor immediately following graduation. Leaving VU to join IBM, he soon returned to VU to become director of admissions and financial aid. He was elected president of the Indiana Association of College Admissions Counselors and a consultant to the College Scholarship Service of the College Board. In 1995 he joined AAL, the predecessor corporation of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, from which he recently retired. Active in the Valparaiso community he has been a member of the boards of directors of the Visiting Nurse Association, VU Federal Credit Union, Hilltop Neighborhood House and the Sinai Forum, past president of Immanuel Lutheran Church and the VNA Foundation of NW Indiana.