June 23, 2007
Former Oklahoma Baptist University administrator Paul R. Corts, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, returned to the OBU campus this week to meet with university officials.
The Shawnee visit was part of Dr. Corts’ effort to meet with officials on the campuses of CCCU member institutions. The Council, founded in 1976, has 105 member institutions in North America and 77 affiliate institutions in 24 countries. The CCCU’s stated mission is “To advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.”
Dr. Paul Corts, right, visits with OBU President Mark Brister.
Corts moved to the CCCU’s top post in 2006, following a four-year term as assistant attorney general for administration with the United States Justice Department. Corts served as OBU’s executive vice president from 1978-83. He was president of Wingate College in North Carolina from 1983-91 and served as president of Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla., from 1991-2002.
During his meetings at OBU, Corts discussed the CCCU’s efforts to help further the cause of the Christian college movement, which now encompasses an educational effort reaching more than 300,000 students.
“The CCCU is committed to strengthening the integration of faith and learning in higher education,” said OBU President Mark Brister. “OBU actively works to provide a life-transforming Christian college experience for students. We appreciate the CCCU as a positive resource as we continue to fulfill our mission.”
OBU became a CCCU member institution in 1994. Other Oklahoma colleges with membership in the organization include Oklahoma Christian University, Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and Southern Nazarene University.
Corts and his wife, Diane, reside in northern Virginia. They have three adult children.