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The Alliance Welcomes Five New Higher Education Leaders to its Board of Trustees

By July 1, 2022No Comments

TUALATIN, OR – The Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities is thrilled to welcome five new Board of Trustees to its membership. Each college and university embarked on an extensive process – involving input and deliberation from a wide range of constituents and stakeholders – allowing them to choose the best leader for each of their unique institutions. These dedicated higher education professionals bring decades of experience, a long-standing commitment to the liberal arts, and dynamic leadership skills to each of their distinct institutions.

The Alliance is grateful to add their immense knowledge and passion to the Board of Trustees, as we continue to advocate for, represent, and foster collaboration between the needs and expertise of member institutions, industry leaders, and government.

Corban University, Acting President Tom Cornman

Dr. Tom Cornman came to Corban in 2019 after serving in previous roles as Vice President and Dean of the Undergraduate School at Moody Bible Institute (2001–2009), Vice President for Academics and Chief Academic Officer at Cedarville University (2009–2015), and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration and Dean of Trinity College and Graduate School at Trinity International University (2015–2019).

Lewis & Clark College, President Robin Holmes-Sullivan

A respected higher education leader with three decades of experience at universities and colleges in Oregon and California, Holmes-Sullivan was previously the vice president for student life and dean of students at Lewis & Clark and has been credited for her pivotal role during the COVID pandemic of devising creative approaches that helped keep students safe and progressing toward their degrees.

Multnomah University, President Eric Anthony Joseph

Dr. Joseph has over three decades of experience in higher education and Christian ministry and has served as a voice of wisdom to university leaders and U.S. Presidents alike. His work as a consultant spans political affiliations, Christian denominations, and university landscapes. He is the founder CEO of Eric Anthony Joseph (EAJ) Ministries and Consulting Enterprise, LLC. Dr. Joseph’s faith-based and community engagement initiatives have made a lasting impact across the nation.

Pacific University, President Jenny Coyle

Previously dean of the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University, Dr. Coyle earned her bachelor of vision science in 1990, doctor of optometry in 1993, and master of science in vision science in 2000, all from Pacific. She also completed a residency in contact lenses in 1993-1994 at Pacific and taught in the College of Optometry starting in 1994. She served as associate dean from 2006 to 2008 and as dean from 2008 to 2019.

University of Portland, President Robert Kelly

Dr. Kelly holds a PhD in Philosophy, Education Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Maryland; a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont; and a bachelor’s degree in Arts and Political Science from Loyola University Maryland. The Pacific Northwest is already familiar territory for Kelly after having served as Vice President for Student Development and adjunct professor of Education at Seattle University.


The Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities (“The Alliance”) is comprised of 13 private, nonprofit, independent colleges and universities in the state of Oregon. These institutions deliver high-quality experiential learning with high-impact teaching strategies. The Alliance is the collective voice of Oregon’s independent, nonprofit higher education sector. For more information, visit