“Over the last week, as Dr. Corey interacted with Biola’s faculty, staff and students on campus, he demonstrated the qualities that attracted our search team to him in the first place – a deep love for Jesus and Scripture, 100 percent affirmation of Biola’s doctrinal statement and genuine authenticity,” Jantz said. Cook has served as Biola’s president since 1982. He has been associated with the Christian university for 45 years. Corey said he is honored to succeed Cook and looks forward to working at Biola. “Over the past few months Paula \ and I have listened carefully to God’s voice as we’ve considered a calling to Biola University,” Corey said. “Paula, our three children and I look forward to the years ahead, serving alongside this strategic, biblically-centered Christian university,” he said. “We are confident that the Lord will continue to lead Biola University from strength to strength, holding fast to our mission while boldly moving into a second century as a global center for Christian thought and spiritual renewal.” LA MIRADA – A vice president of a Massachusetts Christian university has been named president of Biola University, officials announced Friday. Barry H. Corey, 45, vice president/chief academic officer and academic dean of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Mass. will succeed Clyde Cook, effective July 1. He will be Biola’s eighth president in its 99-year history. “\ academic and fundraising experience, collaborative leadership style and deep love for the Bible is just what Biola needs at this time in our history,” said John Siefker, chair of Biola’s Board of Trustees. Stan Jantz, chair of the Presidential Search Team, also praised Corey. Corey is a native of Massachusetts and oversees academic operations including faculty relations, curriculum development and degree/non-degree programs. Before that, he served as vice president for development at Gordon-Conwell since 1992. During this time, he led and completed a $54 million capital campaign. Corey also is a long-distance runner, having completed two Boston Marathons, one in 2004 and one in 2006. He has been married for 15 years, and they have three children: Anders, 14, Ella, 11, and Samuel, 8. He received a bachelor’s degree in English and biblical studies from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri in 1984. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!