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Corban University Cabinet

Dr. Thomas Cornman (Senior Vice President)

  • 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.”

 

Dr. Christopher Vetter (Interim Provost)

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

Dr. Chris Vetter has served at Corban since 2009, when he joined the University as Registrar and Director of Institutional Research. Now as Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Chris oversees the areas of Admissions, Marketing & Communications, Institutional Research, and Financial Aid.

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.

Patricia Shelton (Vice President for Business and 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.

Shannon Johnson (Vice President for Advancement)

  • 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.

Johnson 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.

 

Lisa Hinman (Associate Vice President for People and Culture)

Lisa is certified as a Senior Certified Professional through Society for Human Resource Management since 2007. She has worked as a Human Resources Professional since 2002 at Oregon State University and three agencies with the state of Oregon. Lisa is a certified trainer for Verbal Defense and Influence, and has been certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Core Mediation Training), Behavioral Threat Assessment, and Change Management.

Lisa joined Corban in August, 2021 as the Benefits Specialist, and later served as the Interim Human Resources Director until promoting to AVP for People and Culture in November, 2021.

Lisa lives in Salem and has two grown sons, Garrett and Adam, along with their families. Her favorite things to do are to spend time with family and friends, reading, cooking, knitting and sewing. She has travelled to England, Wales and France, and hopes to do more traveling in the US and abroad.

Sue Roth (Athletic Director)

  • B.S. Home Economics, George Fox University

Sue joined the Corban Department of Athletics in September of 2016. She started her career at Corban as an assistant manager in the bookstore, and then worked in the Online Adult Degree program for five years. Sue also worked in the Academic Services/Registrar’s Office for a short stint before joining the Athletic Department.

Sue served as the department’s Assistant Athletic Director for internal operations for multiple years before being named Corban’s Athletic Director in the fall of 2020. Her leadership and expertise played a crucial role in helping the Warrior Athletic Department navigate unprecedented challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sue is a big sports fan, playing basketball and volleyball in college. She was able to coach her sons through junior high and then continued to coach boys’ and girls’ basketball for a few years. She has three sons with her husband, Steve, who is a history teacher and basketball coach at Silverton High School. She currently resides in Salem, Oregon, and enjoys cycling, hiking, and being Nana to her three grandchildren.