Alan BittelChair, Family Studies Program
B.A. Sociology from California Baptist University
MPA University of Southern California
- Began teaching in the Family Studies Program as an adjunct in 1996 while working for the State of Oregon in Child Welfare. He became the Chair of the Family Studies Program in 2002.
- "Teaching students at Corban University is a privilege and a blessing. Being in a place where faculty, staff, and students all share their Christian faith is uplifting and rewarding. The Adult Degree Programs motto is, “Finish what you started!” This is a great statement for our students. I very much enjoy being a part of an educational program that allows adults who have jobs, families, and other responsibilities the opportunity to complete their education and thus open many other doors of opportunity for them to follow God’s will in for their lives," Alan said.
- Attends First Baptist Church in Salem.
- He and his wife Sandi met while students at California Baptist University and were married in 1969. They have 2 children, Jennifer and Jason, who both live in the Salem area. They enjoy fixing and restoring older homes and currently live in an 1890’s Victorian located in farm country in Polk County.
Alan grew up in the Mojave Desert of Southern California following his family’s move from Salem in 1951. His early memories are of hiking and hunting in the desert as well as in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Church youth group outings many times took us to the sand dunes of Death Valley or the foothills of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States. Alan has summated Mt. Whitney 5 times. "From the summit, you can look westward into Sequoia National Park or eastward towards the mountains surrounding Death Valley. Come to my office and I will show you a picture of the view," he said.