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Corban University Cabinet

Steve Sammons (Vice President for Strategic Initiatives)

  • Undergraduate studies: Multnomah University
  • B.F.A. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California
  • Graduate of the Executive Management Program: University of California, Los Angeles

Award-winning brand architect, tactician, and strategist, Steve Sammons serves as the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Corban University. His responsibilities include finance, HR, facilities, fundraising (annual, planned, and capital giving), strategic planning, and oversight of Corban’s IT department. Previous to his role at Corban, Sammons served as the chief marketing officer for several organizations, including Zondervan and Nissan North America. Author and executive coach Dr. John Townsend says, “Steve has an integrated combination of competency and character. He has world class skills in marketing and leadership, and a high degree of personal integrity and reliability.”

When he isn’t at Corban, Sammons enjoys spending time with his wife Suzy and their six children, playing the piano, camping, fishing, and hunting, and has recently been learning more about drone photography.

Sammons is drawn toward the team at Corban because “God’s spirit is very active within the hearts and minds of Corban. There are very few organizations where a biblical worldview permeates every aspect of the workplace.”

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.”