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Corban University Cabinet

Dr. Brenda Roth (Vice President for Student Life)

  • B.S. in Psychology: Corban University
  • M.A. in Organizational Leadership: Azusa Pacific University
  • Ed.D. in Higher Education: Azusa Pacific University

Dr. Brenda Roth serves as Corban’s Vice President for Student Life, and is responsible for designing services and programs that meet traditional students’ needs outside the classroom, including housing, athletics, campus dining, campus safety, counseling, conduct, spiritual growth, leadership development, and more. She also oversees Corban’s Title IX compliance.

Dr. Roth currently lives on acreage in Albany that her family has owned for just under a century. In her free time, she heads to the greenhouse or the flowerbeds, and feels a sense of accomplishment when she ends the day with dirt under her fingernails. If she could encourage everyone to watch one film, it would be “12 Angry Men,” because she loves “how it challenges you to examine your assumptions and biases and provides an illustration of what can happen when even one person stands up for what’s right.”

Roth initially joined the Corban community as a student in 1986, with the primary goal of playing sports. But she soon realized that her identity was found in more than being an athlete, and that God brought her to Corban for something bigger than herself. “And because I keep waking up with that notion,” she says, “I continue to be inspired to serve as a member of this community.”

Dr. Thomas Cornman (Provost)

  • A.A. in Liberal Arts, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
  • B.S. in Bible Ministries, Cairn University, Langhorne, PA
  • M.Div. in Church History, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
  • M.A. in Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Ph.D. in U.S. History to 1877, University of Illinois, Chicago

Dr. Tom Cornman joined Corban University as Provost in 2019. Previously, he served in a variety of academic positions, including faculty (history and theology) at Moody Bible Institute (Chicago); Aurora University (Aurora, IL); Roosevelt University (Chicago); University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL); and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL). Tom spent 19 years as a faculty member in the areas of Historical Theology, Theology, and History before being asked to join the administrative team at Moody Bible Institute. Dr. Cornman served as the Vice President and Dean of the Undergraduate School at Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, 2001–2009), Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Cedarville University (Cedarville, OH, 2009–2015), and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration and Dean of Trinity College and Graduate School at Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL, 2015–2019).

Tom is married to Sue Cornman, and their two grown children live in Southern California. Tom is an avid woodworker, has traveled around the globe on study and choral group tours, and is from the flatlands of the Midwest.

He says, “I came to Corban because of the quality and dedication of the faculty and their commitment to Christ-centered higher education. Corban’s students bring an enthusiasm and seriousness to the pursuit of a distinctly Christian approach to their education, which is what energizes me in my work.”

Dee Wendler (Vice President for Business) 

  • B.A. in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting: Oregon State University 
  • M.A. in Public Administration: Portland State University 
  • Real Estate Development Graduate Certificate: Portland State University 

Dee Wendler joined Corban University in 2019, and occupies the role of Vice President for Business. Charged with overseeing corporate financial services, information services, facilities, and campus operations, Wendler brings a wealth of professional experience in multiple fields, from auditing and human resources to finance, real estate development, and business management. Her substantial experience with regional university management, at Oregon State University, Portland State University, and the Oregon University System Chancellor’s Office, gives Corban crucial experiential insight and a vital boost to its internal operations.  

Dee currently lives in Albany with her husband Brian, who together have two adult children, Ceili and Chad. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, hiking, cooking, and country western dancing.  

Vetter, Christopher W., Vice Provost for Enrollment Management & University Registrar, 2018; Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, 2013; Registrar/Director of Institutional Research, 2009. B.A. Briercrest College; M.A. Briercrest Biblical Seminary; Ph.D. Gonzaga University.

Roth, Sue, Athletic Director, 2020. Assistant Athletic Director, 2018. Senior Athletic Administrator, 2016. Online Adult Degree Program Support Coordinator, 2014. Online Adult Degree Program Support Specialist, 2011. Bookstore Assistant Manager, 2007. B.S. George Fox University, 1986.