The Board of Trustees of Montreat College is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul J. Maurer, Ph.D., as its eighth president. Maurer has spent his career in higher education as a college president and in senior leadership roles in external relations, advancement and adult and graduate education. Maurer’s appointment was approved in a unanimous vote—his presidency will begin on July 21, 2014.
Drawing from more than 25 years of leadership in nonprofit and higher education administration, Maurer will lead Montreat College into its Centennial Celebration in 2016.
“I am committed to the enterprise of Christ-centered education, and I’m deeply drawn to Montreat’s mission. This is my sense of call, and I’m pleased to devote my life’s work to it,” said Maurer of his new appointment. “I am delighted to join in partnership with Montreat trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends toward a robust future for the College. As Montreat completes its first century of service, the institution will pivot to energetically meet the challenges of its second century of educating students for the common good.”
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.
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. Maurer is a scholar of the American presidency, with specific expertise in the moral and religious rhetoric of U.S. presidents.
Bernard Wright, Jr., chairman of the board, said of the appointment, “Dr. Maurer comes to us at a critical time in our history – on the cusp of celebrating our 100th anniversary. We are privileged to have such a seasoned, visionary higher education leader–who cares deeply about our mission–guide us into our second century as a Christ-centered institution.”
D.M. Lindsay, president of Gordon College, said of Maurer’s appointment, “Paul Maurer will be a tremendous leader for Montreat College. He brings a wealth of seasoned experience and knowledgeable talent to the presidency, and as gifted as Paul is as a leader, he’s even more impressive as a follower of Christ. Gordon’s loss is Montreat’s gain.”
In March 2014, the Board of Trustees formed a presidential search committee comprised of 11 board, faculty, staff, student, and alumni representatives. The Board also engaged CarterBaldwin, an executive search firm in Atlanta, Ga.
“The search committee spent countless hours ensuring the presidential candidates met the criteria necessary to spearhead the institution and boldly move Montreat College forward in the next 100 years. I am thrilled with the selection of Paul Maurer. We know Dr. Maurer has the vision and leadership skills necessary to achieve the college’s collective goals,” said Justin Ramb ’94, chair of the Presidential Search Committee.
History professor Patrick Connelly, Ph.D., said, “The Presidential Search Committee was united and unanimous in the conviction that Paul Maurer brings the vision, mission fit, skill set, and experience to help Montreat College meet its challenges. I personally am delighted in his passion for Christian liberal arts education, his advocacy for strong academics, his belief in the strategic importance of the traditional, residential program, and his support for our adult, graduate, and online modalities.”
Maurer has served at other Christian higher education institutions over the course of his career, including Tabor College, Westmont College, and Trinity International University. Maurer and his wife Joellen have been married for 25 years, and have four children: Jon, Liz, Daniel and Sarah.