Saturday, May 12, 2007

"Dr. Barry H. Corey Selected as Biola's Eighth President"

Biola University announces:
The Biola University Board of Trustees announced on Friday the appointment of its eighth president, Dr. Barry H. Corey, effective July 1, 2007. His tenure will officially launch the celebration of Biola’s centennial year.

"We are thrilled that Dr. Barry Corey has been affirmed by the Board of Trustees as Biola's eighth president,” said John Siefker, Chair of Biola’s Board of Trustees. “His academic and fund raising experience, collaborative leadership style and deep love for the Bible is just what Biola needs at this time in our history."

Dr. Corey, 45, will succeed Dr. Clyde Cook, who is one of the longest-standing college presidents in the nation, serving as Biola’s president since 1982.

Dr. Corey is a native of Massachusetts and currently serves as Vice President/Chief Academic Officer and Academic Dean of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts. He has held this position since 2002, overseeing academic operations including faculty relations, curriculum development and degree/non-degree programs. Before that, he served as Vice President for Development at Gordon-Conwell since 1992, leading all fundraising and external relations programs. During this time, he led and completed a $54 million capital campaign.

Dr. Corey received his B.A. in English and Biblical Studies from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri in 1984. In 1988, he received his M.A. in American Studies with a concentration in literature and religious history from Boston College’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from Boston College in Curriculum, Instruction and Administration in 1992.

You can read the full press release here. (HT: Timbo)

Frank Beckwith posted last week on Dr. Corey's candidacy.

Chad Vegas has also been looking into it--expressing both some concerns and also encouragements.

Matt Anderson has some encouraging reflections.