LCU’s AGB consultant is someone who knows Lincoln Christian
University well. Dr. Paul Corts attended Lincoln Bible Institute (LBI)/Lincoln
Christian College in 1961-1962 and his brother David graduated from
LBI in 1961. Additionally, Dr. Corts was the featured guest speaker
in 2009 when the school changed its name to Lincoln Christian
Corts has had a distinguished career in higher education, most
recently as president of the Council for Christian Colleges &
Universities (CCCU), a presidentially led, Washington-based
international association that provides public policy advocacy for
faith-based higher education as well as conferences, publications,
services and web-based programs to support the professional
development of governing boards, presidents, administrative staff,
and faculty of its member and affiliated institutions.
Prior to joining the CCCU, Dr. Corts served as Assistant Attorney
General for Administration with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
from 2002-2006, where he also served on the President’s Management
Council, the Federal Prison Industries Board, the federal CFO
Council, and other federal councils and boards.
Prior to his work at DOJ, Corts served for nearly 12 years as
president of Palm Beach Atlantic University (FL) and as president of
Wingate University (NC) for 8 years. Earlier in his career, he was a
faculty member and administrator at Oklahoma Baptist University (5
years) and Western Kentucky University (10 years).
As a higher education administrator, he has focused on strategic
planning for campus growth and program development, resource
development, early technology adoption, and management. His
presidencies have reflected strong growth in revenues, assets,
reserves, endowments, technology and physical facilities. As an
academic, he specialized in rhetoric and communications and is the
co-author of two textbooks. He has authored books for governing
boards on the need to care for their president and to provide
sabbaticals for presidents and cabinet leaders. He has consulted
widely with boards and presidents.
Dr. Corts served many professional organizations in higher
education, including the American Council on Education Secretariat,
the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Secretariat, chair of the board of directors of the Independent
Colleges and Universities of Florida, and a term as president of the
American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and
Universities. Corts was active for many years in leading numerous
accreditation teams for the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools (SACS). He has also served on local, regional, national, and
international boards as well as local and regional economic
development boards and Florida’s Council of 100.
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Dr. Corts earned a BA degree from Georgetown College (KY) and
received his MA and PhD degrees from Indiana University.
According to LCU Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Gene Harker, “Dr.
Corts’ knowledge of the Restoration Movement and extensive
experience in the world of Christian higher education makes him
an ideal choice to lead our search process.”
Dr. Corts will be meeting with the presidential search team
soon, to prepare the presidential profile and establish the
search timeline. Ongoing updates can be found at
www.LincolnChristian.edu/presidentsearch in the weeks ahead.
The presidential search team interviewed five firms during the
month of May before making their final selection. The
presidential search team consists of Dr. Gene Harker (Chair),
Dr. Carolyn Bartlett, Dustin Fulton, Dr. Bob Rea, Dr. Bob Kurka,
Jan Rutledge, Dr. Rochelle Cathcart, Dr. Silas McCormick, Gordon
Venturella, and Dr. Neal Windham.
Established in 1944, Lincoln Christian University’s mission is
to equip Christians to serve and lead in the church, the
workplace, and the world. LCU has seen more than 16,000 students
pass through its “doors,” and its alumni have gone on to serve
in all 50 United States and more than 165 countries. Today, LCU
offers a variety of degree programs for undergraduate, graduate
and seminary students. Classes are offered on campus, at
extension sites in Illinois, Indiana and Nevada and online. To
learn more visit
[Text received; CHRISTINE THOMAS,
LINCOLN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY]