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.
Wayne Lowell was elected to the board in November 2000 and is now board chair. He also serves on the Board Nominating and Development Committee and is chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Lowell is the former executive vice president, chief financial and chief administrative officer of PacifiCare Health Systems and is now a consultant providing strategic and operating advice to boards of directors, CEOs and CFOs of venture capital and publicly owned companies. He and his wife, Nan, live in Irvine, Calif.
Michael Maples 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, live in Corona Del Mar, Calif. and have four children, three of whom attended Biola. They currently attend Mariners Church in Irvine, Calif. Maples has also served on the board with Hume Lake Christian Camps, The Gathering and San Diego Christian College.
Becky Andrews and her husband, Duane, as well as their daughter Amanda and her husband, Matt Tortorello, all graduated from Biola University. Becky studied business administration at Biola and worked in business and real estate before returning to go to school to become an RN. She served as a labor and delivery RN for Kaiser, Walnut Creek. Mr. and Mrs. Andrews live in Incline Village, Nev., and co-founded Clear Capital, the largest privately owned property valuation company in the U.S.
G. Bradley Cole was elected to the board February 2002 and serves on the Finance and Audit Committee as well as the Committee on the President. He is chief operating officer of Genomic Health, Inc., a molecular diagnostics product company, located in Redwood City, Calif. Cole and his wife, Christy (Montgomery, a Biola alumna), are the parents of two daughters, Amy and Megan, both Biola graduates. The Coles live in Los Altos Hills, Calif.
Barry H. Corey became the eighth president of Biola University on July 1, 2007. Corey and his wife, Paula, have three children, Anders, Ella and Sam. The Coreys live in Fullerton.
Adam Edgerly serves on the Advancement Committee and is the Lead Pastor of NewSong Los Angeles Convenant Church in Culver City. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in intercultural studies from Biola University, and his MBA from Emory University. Edgerly has a background in business and entrepreneurship as well.
David Gyertson was born in Toronto, Canada. He is headmaster of Maranatha High School in Pasadena, Calif. Prior to arriving at Maranatha he served as distinguished professor of leadership formation and renewal at Regent University in Virginia. He was a founding team member of the university in 1977 and returned as president in 1990. He holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University with a concentration in higher education administration and management. Gyertson served as president of Asbury University (Kentucky) and Taylor University (Indiana). He is an ordained minister and a flotilla staff officer with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Gyertson and his wife, Nancy, is a retired elementary school teacher. They have one daughter, Andrea, and two grandchildren, Emma and Justin. The Gyertsons live in Lexington, Ky.
Dwight Hanger was elected to the board in May 1985 and presently serves on the Finance and Audit Committee. He is a retired partner from Ernst and Young after 33 years in management consulting. Hanger and his wife, Vicki, live in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Promod Haque was elected to the board in July 2007 and serves on the Advancement Committee as well as the Committee on the President. He is managing partner of Norwest Venture Partners in Palo Alto, Calif. He and his wife, Dorcas, live in Saratoga, Calif.
Carol Hawkins was elected to the board in November 2005 and serves on the Facilities and Services Committee. Hawkins' home is in Upland, Calif. where she serves on the staff of Life Bible Fellowship Church.
Stan Jantz joined the board in July 1999 and currently serves as chair of the Board Nominating and Development Committee and as a member of the Facilities and Services Committee. Jantz is an author, the co-founder of ConversantLife.com and the executive director for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA). Jantz and his wife, Karin, met at Biola and have two children, both graduates of Biola. They live in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Ray Johnson was elected to the board in August 2004 and is serving on the Finance and Audit Committee. He has worked as a financial consultant at Merill Lynch for more than 25 years. Johnson and his wife, Betsy, live in Fullerton, Calif.
Allan Kavalich was elected to the board in November 1999 and currently chairs the Advancement Committee and is a member of the Board Nominating and Development Committee. Kavalich is a physician (Nephrology) and medical director of the San Bernardino Valley Dialysis Center. Kavalich and his wife, Gig, live in Redlands, Calif.
David Kinnaman is the husband of Jill and dad to Emily, Annika and Zack. He serves as president and majority owner of Barna Group and is the author of two books, You Lost Me and unChristian. Since joining Barna in 1995, Kinnaman has overseen studies, polling the opinions and perspectives of more than 500,000 individuals. He often speaks about faith and religious trends, teenagers and twenty-somethings, as well as vocation and calling. Kinnaman lives in Ventura, Calif. and loves southern California and his hometown of Phoenix, Ariz.
Hannah Lee has served on the board since May 1998 and is chair of the Student Development Committee and a member of the Board Nominating and Development Committee. Lee is a homemaker and mother of two children as well as being involved in private management of commercial and residential properties. Lee and her husband, Chuck, live in Newport Coast, Calif.
Bryan Loritts was elected to the board in March 2010 and assigned to the Advancement Committee. Loritts is the lead pastor of Fellowship Memphis, a multicultural church ministering to the community of urban Memphis, Tenn., where his dream is to see all believers — regardless of race — walking with each other under the banner of the lordship of Jesus Christ. There are 1,300 people who attend Fellowship Memphis each Sunday. Loritts and his wife, Korie, have three sons and live in Collierville, Tenn.
Al Mijares was elected to the board in November 2007 and is a member of the Academic Affairs Committee. Mijares served as superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District for 11 years and is now vice president of the Western Regional Office of the College Board, providing leadership with a focus on regional and state education initiatives. He and his wife, Jackie, live in Tustin, Calif.
David J. Mitchell was elected to the board in November 1999 and is presently a member of the Academic Affairs Committee and the Committee on the President. Mitchell is senior pastor of Calvary Church, Santa Ana, as well as chaplain with the Santa Ana Police Department. He and his wife, Joy, live in Tustin, Calif. and have two daughters who graduated from Biola.
Philip Paul was elected to the board in July 2014 and presently serves on the Advancement Committee. Paul is a technology entrepreneur and leads the CastNet Group in Southern California. He and his wife, Kanchana have three daughters, Samantha, Andrea and Erika. The Pauls make their home in Yorba Linda, Calif.
Henry Riady was elected to the board in December 2015 and serves on the Advancement Committee. He earned his B.A. from Biola University and MCM from the University of Southern California. Riady is passionate about Christ-centered education and media, believing that both are prominent channels of God’s truth. He currently resides in Jakarta, Indonesia with his wife Alexandra and son Philip.
Danny Ro was elected to the board in December 2015 and serves on the Academic Affairs Committee. He earned his B.A. from Biola University and Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Ro is the senior pastor of Sarang Community Church in Anaheim, Calif. A focus of his ministry today is raising up the next generation of believers. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Fullerton, Calif.
Jerry Rueb was elected to the board in November 2000. He chairs the Facilities and Services Committee and also serves on the Board Nominating and Development Committee. He currently ministers as lead pastor of Cornerstone Church in Long Beach, Calif. Rueb and his wife, Sue, live in Huntington Beach, Calif.
John Siefker was elected to the board in August 1994 and presently serves as chair of the Board Nominating and Development Committee and is a member of the Student Development Committee. Retired after many years with a health care organization, he now contributes his time, talent and resources as an informal consultant to developing Christian ministries. Siefker and his wife, Lynn, make their home in Newport Coast, Calif.
Kennith O. Thompson was elected to the board in July 1992 and serves on the Academic Affairs Committee. He has a surgical practice in Whittier, Calif. where he and his wife, Sandra, reside.
Dean VandeKamp, a retired Ernst & Young partner and now general partner at Cultivation Capital, joined the board in September 2014. He and his wife, Leasa, live in St. Louis, Mo. and have two married children (one Biola grad) and a son (Biola student).