UNIVERSITY LEADERSHIP

Dr. Thomas Cornman

Interim President
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  • B.S. Bible Ministries, Cairn University, Langhorne, PA
  • M.Div. Church History, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
  • M.A. Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Ph.D. U.S. History to 1877, University of Illinois, Chicago

Dr. Cornman was appointed by Corban’s Board of Trustees to serve as Interim President, effective May 8, 2022.

He joined Corban University as Provost in 2019, having previously served as 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).

An historian by training, he taught historical theology, theology, and history for 19 years before moving into administrative roles.

Dr. Cornman and his wife, Sue, enjoy exploring the Pacific Northwest, attending campus activities, and representing Corban in a variety of settings. They have two adult children who live in Southern California.

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 studies.” 

Mechelle Garrett

Chief Diversity Officer
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Also serves as the Associate Provost for Community Belonging and Global Engagement.

  • B.B.A. Business Management, University of Houston-Downtown
  • B.S. Professional Writing, University of Houston-Downtown
  • M.S. Professional Writing and Technical Communication, University of Houston-Downtown
  • M.A. Cultural Engagement, Trinity International University

Mechelle Garrett began her role at Corban in July of 2022 and oversees the Center for Global Engagement, Student Support, and Career Services. She also serves as the chair of the University Diversity Committee. Prior to Corban, Mechelle served as the director of the Thrive Center (Student Success Center) at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. In this role, Mechelle coordinated comprehensive support service programming for all students. Before her tenure in higher education, Mechelle operated within corporate communications for the United Parcel Service and Pritchard Capital Partners.

Being an astute academic, having graduated magna cum laude with both master’s degrees, Mechelle is currently working toward a Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California.

In her spare time, Mechelle enjoys cheering on the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Astros.

Dr. Brian Jaworski

Vice President for Student Life

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Also Serves as Dean of Students.

  • B.A. Pastoral Studies, Moody Bible Institute
  • M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Ph.D. Higher Education, Azusa Pacific

Dr. Brian Jaworski joined Corban in June of 2022. He previously served as the Dean of Students at Huntington University from 2017-2022, where his main responsibility was to help students create the best possible and most dynamic campus experience as well as oversee the residence halls and student activities on campus. His doctoral dissertation focused on the contribution of residence life programming to student thriving.

Prior to that, his work experience included serving as a resident hall director at Trinity International University for three years, residence life coordinator at Kansas State University for five years, and associate dean for student development at Moody Bible Institute – Spokane for six years.

Brian and his wife, Amie, have three children, Brennan, Evelyn, and Owen. In his spare time, he enjoys landscaping, attending and watching sporting events, playing slow-pitch softball, and working out.

Shannon Johnson

Vice President for Advancement

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  • B.A. English, Seattle Pacific University
  • M.A. Counseling, George Fox University

With a background in counseling and full-time ministry, Shannon Johnson is passionate about changing outcomes for youth. Since her early years as a follower of Jesus, Johnson felt called to building relationships with people to share the Gospel. She spent the first 12 years of her career in full-time ministry, first with the Navigators (NavYouth) and then with Young Life. She then obtained her Master’s in Counseling and practiced counseling in a community mental health agency for several years, primarily working with youth in psychiatric crisis and/or those with dual-diagnosis.

During her time working with young people, Johnson constantly saw the importance of education to unlock opportunities for the future. In 2013, she began her professional journey in Christian higher education and the work of fundraising. Fundraising for Christ-centered universities has combined many of her passions: sharing the Gospel, building relationships, and giving people access to education.

Shannon met her husband, Michael, in 2013, and they are the proud parents of three active and gregarious children. Michael works in IT, and coaches youth sports. Together they enjoy living their faith in practical ways serving the students and families they connect with through Michael’s coaching opportunities.

Patricia Shelton

Vice President for Business

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Also serves as Chief Financial Officer.

  • B.B.A. Accounting, Belmont University
  • Certificate in Strategic Planning, Paterson Center

Patricia graduated summa cum laude from Belmont University and earned her CPA while working in the audit and tax practice of a large international accounting firm. After a career in corporate management, she followed her passion to serve the local church. She has extensive senior leadership experience from her CFO and operational roles at large mega-churches such as Menlo Church, Willow Creek Community Church, Venture Christian Church, as well as large camps such as Hume Lake Christian Camps.

Patricia served as Corban’s VP for Business and CFO from 2017 to 2019 and returned to Corban in 2022 after serving alongside her husband running a Christian camp near Yosemite. Her experience includes managing finance, accounting, human resources, IT, retail, facilities, and church operations. She enjoys using technology to improve processes throughout the organization.

She and her husband, Dennis, split their time between Turner, Oregon, and Oakhurst, California. They have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and a new grandson. Patricia enjoys hiking, running, traveling and hanging out with friends.

Dr. Christopher Vetter

Interim Provost
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  • B.A. Bible & Theology, Briercrest College
  • M.A. Leadership & Management, Briercrest Biblical Seminary
  • Ph.D. Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University

Dr. Chris Vetter has served at Corban since 2009, when he joined the University as Registrar and Director of Institutional Research. He later assumed the role of Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, overseeing the areas of Admissions, Marketing & Communications, Institutional Research, Student Support, and Financial Aid. As Interim Provost, Dr. Vetter also provides leadership for Academics and the Registrar.

Chris and his wife, Marla, have four children who have all attended Corban. In his spare time, Chris serves as a volunteer firefighter for the Turner Fire District.