The President's Cabinet is the executive leadership team for the university, consisting of the president and vice presidents. The cabinet works with the president to set the strategic direction for the university; oversee and implement planning, major initiatives and policies; propose to the board the annual university and other recommendations through the president; and preserve and model a Christian culture within the university.
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.
Provost and Senior Vice President
Deborah Taylor has B.A. and M.A. degrees from Biola University and earned her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University with an emphasis in educational research and assessment. Deborah spent nine years in the Biola University School of Education teaching children's literature, foundations of education, student teaching seminar, and first year seminar for incoming freshmen. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she served as undergraduate chair and director of the teacher preparation program. Prior to coming to Biola, she was the principal of a K-8 private school.
Deborah led the Biola University School of Education through the rigorous accreditation process for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. In 2010, the School of Education earned the maximum accreditation possible with a commendation by the Commission for the quality of the program. As a result of this success, she was invited to join the Provost's team as Dean of Educational Effectiveness and Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) to lead the university's WSCUC (formerly WASC) accreditation process. She also oversees the IDEA evaluation program and works with university faculty in ways to improve their learning outcomes and teaching practices.
During the past six years, Deborah has also been active in Biola University's Diversity Leadership Committee. Her doctoral dissertation focused on teaching practices in Christian universities that foster a positive environment for students of color. She has presented at several regional and national conferences, supporting faculty in higher education in adapting their behavior and pedagogy to create a more positive learning environment. Her publications include articles in devotional books, chapter in a children's literature text, and articles in peer-reviewed journals on increasing student engagement through appropriate faculty pedagogy and behaviors.
Vice President, University Operations and Finance
Michael Pierce joined the Biola University community in August 2010 as Vice President of Business and Financial Affairs. He arrived at Biola after serving as senior director of finance and administration at the Center for Innovation and Strategic Collaboration, a research and development company within St. Jude Medical, Inc. He spent over 17 years in various capacities at the Johnson & Johnson Family of companies, working in such roles as senior accountant, marketing finance manager, operations controller and ultimately, supply chain group manager. In February 2017 Mike stepped into the role of Vice President University Operations and Finance and now oversees the areas of Finance and Budgeting, Human Resources, Legal, Information Technology, Digital Learning, New Business Development, Auxiliary Services, Campus Safety, Facilities and Construction. Mike holds a B.S. in accounting from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and an MBA in finance from California State University, Fullerton. He also holds both CPA and CMA licenses in the state of California. He and his wife, Brenda, live in Brea, and have two married sons, both who have graduated from Biola. Favorite Verse: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock, and my redeemer.” - Psalm 19:14 (ESV).
Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation and Advancement Officer
Adam Morris has devoted his career to working in Christian college advancement and has received widespread recognition for his involvement in the non-profit sector and currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation and Advancement Officer at Biola University. He graduated from Biola University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He received his Master of Arts in Theology (’97) and his Ph.D. in Christian Education (’02) from Talbot School of Theology.In 1989, Adam received the Southern California Carnation Award for outstanding leadership in fundraising and volunteerism. He also received recognition from former President George H. W. Bush and was granted a national "Point of Light" award for his significant service to the community. Adam has been a contributing author to several publications in the field of fundraising and biblical stewardship and serves on a variety of non-profit boards. Adam lives in La Habra Heights, Calif., with his wife, Faith, and has four adult children, and three grandsons.
Vice President, Student Development
André Stephens was appointed vice president for Student Development in the summer of 2016. In this role, André leads a dynamic team of co-curricular staff who desire to provide authentic, meaningful learning experiences that foster the character of Christ in students. Specifically, the five areas in the Division of Student Development include: Spiritual Development, Community Life, Student Wellness, Athletics and Title IX. André has served on a number of University committees and task forces. He is also an active participant in higher education professional organizations having served as the president (2009–2010) of the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals. André completed his master's degree in speech communication from California State University at Fullerton in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Claremont Graduate University in 2019. André is married to Beth, who is also a Biola alumna, and has three children. He counts it a privilege to serve students as an educator and administrator at Biola University.
Vice President, Enrollment, Marketing and Communications
Lee Wilhite serves as Biola University’s Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing and Communications. In his role, he has chief responsibility for university admissions, financial aid, brand, creative, advertising, marketing, research, public relations and university events. Prior to joining Biola in 2014 Lee served as Executive Vice President and owner at Masterworks, a leading marketing agency which exclusively serves Christian nonprofit organizations. A graduate of Northwest Christian University, Lee's personal interests include serving the local church, taking road trips with his family, following college football, spending time at the beach, and running. He and his wife, Leeta, are parents of three children – Olivia, Annelise and Cameron. The Wilhites attend Compass Bible Church in Huntington Beach where Lee also serves in leadership.