Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is comprised of 26 board members who handle all corporate duties for Biola University and as a result set broad policies that govern the institution. This governing board is accountable for delegating responsibilities to the president to ensure that the university operates within those policies.
Michael Maples joined the board in 2012 and serves as board chair, chair of the Executive Committee, chair of the Committee on the President, member of the Board Nominating and Governance Committee and member of the New Frontiers Task Force. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from San Jose State University and a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary. He is the co-founder and a managing partner of Trumark Companies, which focuses on real estate development. Maples and his wife, Jeanie, have four children, three of whom attended Biola, and live in Corona Del Mar, Calif.
G. Bradley Cole joined the board in 2002 and serves as vice chair, chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, member of the Executive Committee, member of the Committee on the President and member of the Board Nominating and Governance Committee. He is chief operating officer of Genomic Health, Inc., a molecular diagnostics product company. Cole and his wife, Christy (Montgomery, a Biola alumna), have two daughters, both of whom attended Biola, and live in Los Altos Hills, Calif.
Barry H. Corey is the eighth president of Biola University. Since assuming the role in 2007, Corey has led Biola into its second century with the launch of an ambitious 10‐year university plan, completing the largest fundraising campaign in Biola’s history by exceeding its $180 million goal, creating four new academic schools and embarking on a major university transformation journey to position Biola to flourish for decades to come. He has done this while honoring the mission of the university and its unique contribution to the landscape of higher education.
A native of New England, Corey previously served as dean of the faculty and vice president for education at Gordon‐Conwell Theological Seminary as well as its vice president for development. He received his B.A. in English and biblical studies from Evangel University and his M.A. in American studies and Ph.D. in education from Boston College. As a Fulbright scholar, Barry lived in Bangladesh, where he researched educational programs for children of the landless poor. Corey is the author of the books Make the Most of It: A Guide to Loving Your College Years (Tyndale, 2020) and Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue (Tyndale, 2016), and his writing has been featured in publications like The Washington Post, The National Review, Relevant and Converge, among others.
He currently serves or has recently served on governing boards such as that of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the Museum of the Bible, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, Christianbook International Outreach and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
He and his wife, Paula, have three children: Anders — who is married to Ashley — Ella and Samuel.
Wayne Lowell joined the board in 2000 and serves as chair of the Board Nominating and Governance Committee, and as a member of the Finance and Audit Committee and the New Frontiers Task Force. Lowell is the former executive vice president, chief financial and chief administrative officer of PacifiCare Health Systems and is now a consultant to boards of directors, CEOs and CFOs of venture capital and publicly owned companies. He and his wife, Nan, have two children and live in Irvine, Calif.
Becky Andrews joined the board in 2013 and serves as a member of the Executive Committee, the Committee on the President, the University Operations Committee and the New Frontiers Task Force. Andrews studied business administration and worked in real estate before returning to school to become a nurse. She and her husband, Duane, both Biola graduates, co-founded Clear Capital, a large property valuation company. The Andrews have two children - one is a Biola graduate - and they live in Incline Village, Nevada.
Lynn Cohick joined the board in 2020 and serves as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee. Dr. Cohick is Provost/Dean of Academic Affairs at Northern Seminary and has served at Denver Seminary, Messiah College, Wheaton College and Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology in Kenya. She earned a Ph.D. in New Testament/Christian Origins from the University of Pennsylvania and brings international experience and cultural awareness to her new role at Biola. Lynn and her husband, Jim, have two married children and one grandchild and live in Elmhurst, IL.
Adam Edgerly joined the board in 2015 and serves on the Academic Affairs Committee and the New Frontiers Task Force. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Biola, and his MBA from Emory University. Edgerly is the Director of Covenant World Relief and Development, as well as CEO of Culture Consultants, working to help senior executives achieve peak performance through executive coaching and leadership training. He lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter.
David Gyertson joined the board in 2014 and serves as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee and member of the Board Nominating and Governance Committee. Dr. Gyertson is an ordained minister and the former Associate Provost and Dean of the Beeson School of Practical Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is also a strategic initiatives consultant and executive coach to faith-based organizations, specializing in board governance training, transition planning and special projects implementation. Gyertson and his wife, Nancy, have one daughter and two grandchildren and live in Lexington, Kentucky.
Dwight Hanger joined the board in 1985 and serves as chair of the New Frontiers Task Force, and as a member of the Executive Committee, Committee on the President and the Finance and Audit Committee. He is a retired partner from Ernst and Young, working for 33 years in management consulting. Hanger and his wife, Vicki, have one son and live in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Promod Haque joined the board in 2007 and serves as chair of the Advancement, Marketing, Enrollment Management and Strategic Planning Committee and as a member of the Board Nominating and Governance Committee and New Frontiers Task Force. Promod earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Northwestern University, and serves on the advisory board for Northwestern’s School of Management. He has 28 years of experience in the venture capital industry and currently serves as senior managing partner at Norwest Venture Partners. He and his wife, Dorcas, have two children and live in Saratoga, Calif.
Carol Hawkins joined the board in 2005 and serves on the Student Development Committee. She is a descendant of Biola founder Lyman Stewart and a Biola graduate. Carol is a staff member at Life Bible Fellowship Church and lives in Upland, Calif.
Stan Jantz joined the board in 1999 and serves as chair of the University Operations Committee and as a member of the Board Nominating and Governance Committee. Jantz is an author, the co-founder of ConversantLife.com and the executive director for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Jantz and his wife, Karin, met at Biola, have two children who graduated from Biola and live in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Ray Johnson joined the board in 2004 and serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. He has worked as a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch for more than 25 years. Johnson and his wife, Betsy, have one daughter and live in Kentucky.
Allan Kavalich joined the board in 1999 and serves on the Advancement, Marketing, Enrollment Management and Strategic Planning Committee. Dr. Kavalich is a Nephrology physician and the medical director of San Bernardino Valley Dialysis Center. Kavalich and his wife, Gig, have three children and live in Redlands, Calif.
David Kinnaman joined the board in 2015 and serves on the Student Development Committee. Kinnaman is a Biola graduate and President of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses. Since 1995, Kinnaman has directed interviews with nearly one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies. He is also the author of three books, You Lost Me, unChristian and Faith for Exiles. Kinnaman has three children and lives in Ventura, Calif.
Hannah Lee joined the board in 1998 and serves as chair of the Student Development Committee and as a member of the Board Nominating and Governance Committee. In addition to working in private property management, Lee is actively involved in leadership with the National Charity League and is a board member of the National League of Young Men. She and her husband, Chuck, have two children and live in Newport Coast, Calif.
Bryan Loritts joined the board in 2010 and serves on the Student Development Committee. Rev. Loritts is a graduate of Talbot Seminary and President of the Kainos Movement, an organization committed to seeing the multiethnic church be the new normal in our world. He serves as a teaching pastor at The Summit Church and has authored seven books, including The Dad Difference. Loritts and his wife, Korie, have three sons and live in North Carolina.
Al Mijares joined the board in 2007 and serves on the Academic Affairs Committee. Dr. Mijares was appointed Orange County Superintendent of Schools in 2012, after serving as the Vice President of the College Board where he worked to expand the high school-to-university pipeline, focusing on college readiness and success for all students, especially the underrepresented. He and his wife, Jackie, have five grown sons and live in Tustin, Calif.
David J. Mitchell joined the board in 1999 and serves on the Executive Committee, Academic Affairs Committee and the Committee on the President. Mitchell is an Associate Pastor at Calvary Church in Santa Ana, as well as chaplain with several hospices and the Santa Ana Police Department. He and his wife, Joy, live in Tustin, Calif. and have two daughters who graduated from Biola.
Philip Paul joined the board in 2014 and serves on the Advancement, Marketing, Enrollment Management and Strategic Planning Committee and the New Frontiers Task Force. Paul is CEO of CastNet Group, a company that launches and advises innovative technology companies. He is also CEO of CoTribute, a digital engagement platform. He and his wife, Kanchana, have three daughters and live in Yorba Linda, Calif.
Bob Pritchett joined the board in 2018 and serves on the Advancement, Marketing, Enrollment Management and Strategic Planning Committee and the New Frontiers Task Force. He is President and CEO of Faithlife Corporation, which produces Logos Bible Software, and author of two books - Fire Someone Today, and Other Surprising Tactics for Making Your Business a Success and Start Next Now, How to Get the Life You’ve Always Wanted. He and his wife, Audra, have two children and a daughter-in-law and live in Bellingham, Washington.
Henry Riady joined the board in 2015 and serves on the University Operations Committee. He earned his B.A. from Biola and his M.A. in Communication Management from the University of Southern California. Riady is Director of Beratasatu TV in Indonesia and is passionate about Christ-centered education and media, believing that both are prominent channels of God’s truth. He and his wife, Alexandra, have four children and live in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Jerry Rueb joined the board in 2000 and serves on the University Operations Committee. Dr. Rueb is a Biola and Talbot Seminary graduate and founder of Cornerstone Church in Long Beach where he is the Lead Pastor. His congregation is known for its commitment to world missions and creative ministry. He previously served at Regent College in Canada, Capenwray Bible School and African Bible College in Uganda. Rueb and his wife, Sue, have three children and live in Huntington Beach, Calif.
John Siefker joined the board in 1994 and serves on the University Operations Committee. Siefker is a Biola graduate and worked for many years in the healthcare industry. He now contributes his time, talent and resources as an informal consultant to developing Christian ministries. Siefker and his wife, Lynn, have three children and live in Newport Coast, Calif.
Kennith Thompson joined the board in 1992 and serves on the Student Development Committee. He received his M.D. from Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and is a member of the surgical staff at PIH Health Hospital in Whittier. He and his wife, Sandra, have two sons and live in Whittier, Calif.
Dean VandeKamp joined the board in 2014 and serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. After 27 years at Ernst & Young he retired as a partner, and then went on to become a managing partner at Worthy Capital. He and his wife, Leasa, have three children, two of which are Biola graduates, and live in St. Louis, Missouri.