President Barry H. Corey
Dr. Barry H. Corey became the eighth president of Biola University on July 1, 2007, officially launching the celebration of the University's centennial year.
Corey, a Massachusetts native with an extensive academic, fundraising and pastoral background, came to Biola from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Mass., where he served as vice president/chief academic officer and academic dean. In that role, he oversaw academic operations including faculty relations, curriculum development and degree/non-degree programs. Prior to that, he served as Gordon-Conwell's vice president for development, leading all external relations and fundraising programs - including a successful $54 million capital campaign.
Corey received a B.A. in English and biblical studies from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., in 1984. In 1988, he received an M.A. in American Studies with a concentration in literature and religious history from Boston College's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Corey received a Ph.D. from Boston College in curriculum, instruction and administration (a higher education program) in 1992.
In addition to his educational experiences, Corey was a Fulbright Scholar with Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee and lived in Bangladesh among the rural poor from 1990 to 1991. He has served on a number of non-profit boards including the Board of Trustees of Convoy of Hope, an international relief and development organization, and the Board of Trustees of The Boston Theological Consortium (a nine-member consortium of theological schools in the Boston area including Harvard University, Boston College and Boston University). He has also completed two Boston Marathons, one in 2004 and one in 2006.
Corey succeeded Clyde Cook, who retired as one of the longest-standing college presidents in the nation, serving as Biola's president from 1982 to 2007. President Corey serves on the board of directors for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities; he is a member of the executive committee for the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities; and he is on the board of reference for the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.
He and his wife, Paula, have three children: Anders, Ella and Samuel.
- Michele Hughes, Executive Assistant
- Email: michele [dot] hughes [at] biola [dot] edu
- Phone: (562) 903-4701