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University Leadership

Dr. Thomas Cornman (Interim President)

  • 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.”


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. 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.

Dr. Brian Jaworski (Vice President for Student Life and 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 will begin his role at Corban in July 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.


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.

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.