The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities has elected Barry H. Corey, president of Biola University, as its new chair of the AICCU Executive Committee. Corey’s two-year term began October 23 as he succeeds University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman in this role.
“We have made exciting progress during my tenure as vice chair of the executive committee, helping to expand opportunities for low-income California students across the state to attend our great independent, nonprofit institutions,” said Corey. “I am incredibly energized to continue this forward progress of President Lieberman, and I look forward to working diligently with my colleagues and the Legislature to ensure we do so.”
Corey is the eighth president of Biola University. Since assuming the role in 2007, Corey has led Biola into its second century with the launching of an ambitious 10-year University Plan and the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in university history. A native of Boston, he previously served as vice president for education at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Corey received a bachelor’s degree in English and biblical studies from Evangel University, which named him “Distinguished Alumnus for 2018” this month. He also received a master’s degree in American studies and a Ph.D. in education from Boston College. As a Fulbright scholar, he lived in Bangladesh, where he researched educational programs for children of the landless poor.
“I am impressed by the work President Corey has accomplished at Biola University and as vice chair of our executive committee,” said AICCU President Kristen Soares. “I am confident he will put his excellent candor and professional background to good use as our new chair. We look forward to the innovative work and support that he will bring to AICCU in helping us serve our member institutions and thereby their work to develop California’s educated workforce.”
AICCU’s core mission is to improve lives through higher education. California’s independent sector ranges from large to small traditional liberal arts institutions, including nationally ranked research universities; colleges offering faith-based, performing and visual arts, and non-traditional programs of study; and professional schools that specialize in business, law, medicine and more.
Over the years, AICCU has taken a lead role in serving the interests and issues facing California’s independent, nonprofit institutions. A key component of that work has been the protection of the Cal Grant program and the more than 27,000 low- and middle-income California students it supports every year.
The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) is comprised of 83 independent, nonprofit colleges and universities, which make up the Independent California Colleges and Universities (ICCU) sector. The ICCU sector plays a pivotal role in the development of the state’s model higher education offerings and in making California a symbol of innovation across the globe. Within California, ICCU institutions award over 20 percent of all undergraduate degrees and over 50 percent of graduate degrees, making them the largest preparers of California’s advanced workforce.