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Smooth transition characterizes Provost installation

Monday, May 5, 2008
  • Dr. Matt Lucas

Dr. Matt Lucas, Corban's Dean of Education for the past two years, will officially become Corban's new Provost on July 1st.

Lucas, a 1994 graduate of Corban, completed his doctorate and returned to Corban to become the Director of Graduate Studies in 2004 and Dean of Education in 2006. Current Provost, Dr. Linda Samek, has been his mentor in the area of teacher education since he returned. She will be leaving Corban to accept another post in the field of education.

Dr. Reno Hoff gave careful consideration to who would best fill the vacancy. He stated in an email communication to the staff, “As I thought about the qualifications of a person who would give Corban the greatest benefit through their educational background, academic experience and general knowledge of the teaching profession, I concluded that Dr. Matt Lucas would be well suited for the position.”

Lucas noted he was “surprised” when Dr. Hoff asked him to consider being Provost. He had, after all, accepted a position in Indonesia as Dean of Liberal Arts at the Universitas Pelita Harapan.

“It was a tough decision,” Lucas admitted. “Whether we’re saying goodbye to Indonesia or saying goodbye to Corban, there’s sadness either way. But in relating this to God’s will, it’s not so much where we go and what we do. It’s more about, what kind of people do we want to be?”

Hoff added, “I am encouraged that we have many qualified faculty and staff to choose from when we have openings in various positions. I know that since Matt is already part of our community, we will continue to be very successful as we carry out our mission—to educate Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ.”

Moving into the Dean of Education position is Janine Allen, Ed. D., from Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon. Dr. Allen has served at NCC as the Dean of the School of Education and Counseling and as an associate professor in education during the last five years. Prior to that she taught in public schools in California and Oregon.

“She is a strong and dynamic leader who has already made a name for herself in teacher education circles in Oregon,” said Lucas when he announced Dr. Allen’s acceptance of his position.

“Corban’s education program is highly respected in Oregon and in the Northwest,” Allen said. “Its strength is in the preparation of the students. I’m very honored to join that team and be able to continue the work that Dr. Lucas and Dr. Samek have already begun.”