During the February Board of Trustees meeting of Corban University, the Trustees, along with President Nord, agreed to a transition of leadership for the President’s role at Corban University. After considering the challenges ahead, the Board and Dr. Nord agreed that a change in presidential leadership was in the best interest of the University and its strategic direction for the future.
Board Chair Rod Hoff said, “We are so thankful for Sheldon and Jamie’s committed service over the past decade. Their integrity, humility, godly conduct, and passion for Corban’s mission ‘to educate Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ,’ was evident to all who engaged with them, and their impact will bear eternal fruit for God’s Kingdom!”
Dr. Nord has served as Corban’s 10th president since July 2013. During that time, the University has added academic programs at the graduate and undergraduate level, added four sports teams, and developed a relationship with the province of Papua in Indonesia to offer English language learning and college education to their next generation of leaders on campus in Salem. Additionally, Corban has built a partnership with the Hebrew Language institute in Jerusalem and with the Paid in Full program, which provides a biblically-based education to adults in custody in area prisons.
Dr. Nord was also influential in Corban’s involvement in the Act Six program, which has led to more than 20 emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds studying on Corban’s campus. Under his guidance, the campus resources were expanded to include the new Younger Center, a physics lab, and the nearly-completed Outdoor Athletic Complex.
“It has been our honor to serve this community for the past ten years,” Dr. Nord said, “and our prayers will continue for the health and welfare of Corban University. We have great comfort in trusting our Lord for ‘what is next.’”
Dr. Nord will complete his role by hosting graduation ceremonies in early May. A presidential search process will begin soon after. Subsequent to graduation, current University Senior Vice President and Provost, Dr. Tom Cornman will assume the role of Interim President. Dr. Cornman’s four decades of experience as a leader in Christian higher education will help to provide a stable and unifying force for Corban during this transition period.