Effective July 1, 2013, Dr. Reno Hoff will become only the second President Emeritus in Corban University’s 78-year history. Corban’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to confer this title effective immediately upon Hoff’s retirement.
At nearly 78 years of age, Hoff currently is the oldest President within the 118-member Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). Many of his fellow presidents, past and present, have written to offer their blessings, congratulations, and prayers. One of his favorites is a letter from Dr. Paul R. Corts, CCCU President from 2006-2012, who wrote, “I am pleased to join with many others in expressing thanks to the Lord for your servant leadership during the extraordinary years of your service to Corban.” Corts added, “I praise the Lord for your faithful years of exemplary service and I pray for the Lord’s blessing on your life in the days ahead.”
As well, Hoff is the oldest university president in the state of Oregon. Oregon’s governor, John A. Kitzhaber, M.D., sent a letter of congratulations. The Governor said, “Throughout your career, Corban University has grown and changed alongside the state of Oregon. [T]he two entities share many parallel milestones. You have played a significant role in forging this relationship, which remains strong to this day.” The Governor added, “The citizens of Oregon have benefitted from your many years of service and I want to thank you personally for your efforts.” Like the school, Hoff moved to Oregon in the fall of 1969.
Reno Reo Hoff was born to Edwin and Hilda Hoff, June 9, 1935, in Eureka, South Dakota. Soon afterward the family moved to Aberdeen, South Dakota, where he spent his childhood with five siblings. He attended college at Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, and Stockton College in Stockton, California. He later completed study at the American Institute of Banking. He married Linda Dollinger in 1958 in Lodi, California. They were blessed with a son, Rodney, born in 1959.
Reno Hoff’s education has continued throughout his career with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Theology and Finance from Western Baptist Bible College (WBBC) in 1973, a Master of Science in Academic Leadership from the Oregon College of Education in 1978, and an honorary degree bestowed by Western Baptist College in 2000.
Hoff served in the 5th Infantry Division as an army news photographer from 1953-56, and afterward worked for Bank of America from 1958-69. He received 11 promotions in 11 years before coming to WBBC in 1969. At the College, he began his work with a new vision. “I viewed my work here as a ministry and not a job,” he stated recently.
Hoff’s contribution to the College has covered a wide range of work. He was originally hired as Business Manager and began dreaming of developing the business influence beyond his title. One of the highlights for him was the establishment of the program in Business Management. “It was the first step toward a comprehensive college, culminating in the addition of the MBA program in 2008. I see that as my favorite highlight of my career,” he says.
He assumed the position of Vice President for Administration until becoming Executive Vice President/Provost under President David Miller, and served in that capacity until assuming the presidency in 2000. His achievements include certification as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Licensed Tax Consultant (LTC), Enrolled Agent–IRS, Certified Tax Advisor and Registered Investment Advisor.
Looking back, Hoff sees the value of doing his best and letting God take care of the future. His work philosophy is “to give leadership to carry out the vision of my predecessors, and to be an implementer in order to see how God will bless.”
He summarizes his career with this observation: “Working with people who have the same vision and a common bond in Christ, with a goal to make a difference in the world, is what has made it a rewarding experience.”