Corban University
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
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Faith-focused accredited degree program planned for Salem prison

Corban University with Paid in Full Oregon is putting a fully accredited four-year college program for inmates in the Oregon State Correctional Institution starting in the fall of 2019. Paid in Full Oregon is led by Tom Kohl, a retired Washington County Judge, and Rich Jones, senior pastor of...
August 15

Debi Nissen, an adventuresome start…

Debi Nissen is the new face at the front desk in the HR office. She told me the story of her hectic first month at Corban. She had left her job at Church Art Works and started work here, where she fit right in. A week later, her husband, John, also left his job at CAW and began a new job in Salem...
June 30

A couple of academics…

Sandy Clouser is Assistant Registrar, and has worked here for eight years. Previously, she worked at Chemeketa Community College for 26 years. Her work includes organization of convocation and commencement, registration, problem solving and other duties. She began here by filling in for Mary Louise...
June 30

Kathy Martens (can prevent forest fires)

Kathy Martens is one of a long list of Martins/Martyns/Martens/Marten that have worked at Corban. But some people (like me) didn’t know that her distinction is that it is pronounced mar-TENS. Kathy has worked for CEOs for most of her jobs, in Utah and Central Oregon. Just before coming to...
June 30

Gabriela Elkins–up front about things

Sitting at the front welcome desk gives Gabriela a good view of everything that goes on. It’s also the friendly face guests see when they come into Schimmel Hall. She is a junior at Corban and is enjoying her summer of welcoming visitors, giving tours and meeting new people!...
June 30

Cloudy with a chance of Sheri

Sheri Jones is the friendly voice of the Office of the Provost. She loves clouds. She says, “They seem heavenly to me.” In fact she watches them so much her kids have caught her missing a freeway exit because of it. When I asked her what’s new, she couldn’t think of anything...
June 30

A Major Event

Kellie Wood has a new title: Director of Major Events. She and her assistant, Lauren Carr, are looking forward to directing and supporting major advancement events such as the capital campaign and speaking tours for Dr. Nord and VP for Strategic Initiatives, Steve Sammons. Kellie recently traveled...
June 30

Just thought you should know, we have a new CFO

Patricia Shelton hasn’t even started her job here yet. That will happen on Monday, but I found her sitting in the hallway in Schimmel and couldn’t help but thank Jesus for a “chance” encounter. I had been wishing I could include her in this blog, and seconds later I passed...
June 30

Are there doctors in the house?

The past two weeks Corban (via Dr. Leroy Goertzen) hosted the 2017 Doctor of Ministry Residency during which 16 students attended class from 8:00 to 5:00, Monday through Friday. Interesting to this group is that we were a rather multicultural group representing students from India, Singapore,...
June 30

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