Our President

Meet President Maurer

Paul J. Maurer brings a wealth of experience as the eighth president of Montreat College. As a visionary and results-driven Christian leader, he believes deeply in the value of Christ-centered higher education. Drawing from more than 25 years of leadership in nonprofit and higher education administration, Dr. Maurer has led efforts in governance, organizational development, marketing and communications, adult and graduate studies, and government relations.

Prior to Montreat College, Dr. Maurer served as senior vice president for external relations at Gordon College, and prior to Gordon, he served as president of Sterling College – both sister institutions to Montreat College within the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He has spent nearly two decades in higher education leadership.

He is a published author and frequent speaker.

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.

He enjoys biking, golf, and almost anything outdoors. He has the special talent of cutting his own hair.

Dr. Maurer and his wife, Joellen, have been married for 27 years, and have four children: Jon, Liz, Daniel and Sarah.