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Montreat College announces its eighth president: Paul J. Maurer, Ph.D.

Meet President Maurer

Maurer head shot250x167For over 98 years, Montreat College has prepared graduates who have gone on to transform and renew our world, extending the Kingdom of God. Now, as we approach our next 100 years, we begin our next chapter with a new leader: Paul J. Maurer, Ph.D., Montreat College’s eighth president.

A seasoned, visionary leader in Christian higher education, we believe Dr. Maurer will lead us boldly, yet humbly, into our next 100 years. A man known first for his walk as a follower of Christ, Dr. Maurer brings a wealth of experience as a college president and a senior vice president in external relations, advancement and adult and graduate education — all at Christ-centered institutions.

Dr. Maurer comes to Montreat from Gordon College, where he served as the senior vice president of external relations. From 2009 until 2012, Maurer served as president of Sterling College, one of Montreat’s sister institutions within the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under his leadership, Sterling’s enrollment grew to historically high levels and the school received its strongest accreditation review in more than forty years.

Drawing from more than 25 years of leadership in nonprofit and higher education administration,Dr. Maurer will lead Montreat College into its Centennial Celebration in 2016. Dr. Maurer has served at other Christian higher education institutions over the course of his career, including Tabor College, Westmont College, and Trinity International University.

At Westmont, Dr. Maurer directed of the school’s capital campaign, and at Trinity International University as senior vice president for institutional advancement while serving concurrently as president of the Trinity International Foundation. At both institutions, Dr. Maurer led successful campaigns far surpassing their previous development initiatives. He began his professional career in 1987 at the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families, where Dr. Maurer ascended through a series of institutional roles until entering the higher education field in 1999.

Dr. Maurer earned his Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University, where he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow and a John M. Olin Fellow. He earned his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Maurer is a scholar of the American presidency, with specific expertise in the moral and religious rhetoric of U.S. presidents.

Dr. Maurer and his wife Joellen have been married for 25 years, and have four children: Jon, Liz, Daniel and Sarah.

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