Biola Appoints New Vice President

Andre Stephens assumes role of Vice President of Student Development

Aug. 16, 2016 By Brenda Velasco

Biola University is pleased to announce a new cabinet-level role. Effective August 16, 2016, André Stephens will assume the role of Vice President of Student Development, transitioning from his current role as Associate Vice President of University Admissions.

“For many years André has been recognized among the emerging executives within this institution,” said Biola President Barry H. Corey. “His many interpersonal skills, spiritual depth, collaborative spirit, passion for the marginalized student and the deep respect he commands on campus have convinced me he is well suited for this important executive leadership role.”

This new executive role is vital for the future health of the institution. In his new role as Vice President of Student Development, Stephens will report to Dr. Corey and will serve on the executive committee of the President’s Administrative Council (PACEX).

Stephens has been intimately involved in, and a voice for, student issues during his entire 25-year career in Christian higher education. A member of Biola’s Enrollment Management team since 1991, André holds a B.A. in Communication from Biola University (‘91) and an M.A. in Speech Communication from Cal State Fullerton (‘00). In 2013, he participated in the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management leadership intensive. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in higher education administration at Claremont Graduate University.

In addition to his service in Enrollment Management, Stephens has contributed to the organizational health of the university in a number of ways. In 2011, he developed Biola’s ground-breaking Emerging Leaders program to provide a unique professional development opportunity for high achieving employees. Under Stephens guidance, 55 Biola employees in four cohorts have now benefited from this program. Serving with Dr. Deborah Taylor, he co-chaired the advisory committee to the President’s Administrative Council from 2011 to 2013 and has served on numerous cross-divisional committees at Biola.

Outside of Biola Stephens is widely known and well respected by his peers in higher education. He served as President of the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP) from 2009-2010 and received the NACCAP “Admissions Officer of the Year” Award in 2012.

As Stephens steps into the position of Vice President, he will continue to build a strong Student Development division, which oversees: Residence Life, Student Care, Housing, Global Student Programs & Development, Commuter Life, Student Orientation, The Learning Center, Spiritual Development, Chapel Programs, Associated Students, Student Communication, The Health Center, and Student Programs & Activities.

“I’m excited to join a strong Student Development team who are pouring out their lives in service to God and to the students He has blessed Biola with,” said Stephens. “We have amazing students and to help them navigate the joys and the challenges of this part of their journey is an honor. It’s a privilege to work directly with President Corey and PACEX to help create and cultivate an institutional environment where students can thrive and fulfill the mission of Biola University.”

 

Comments

  • Jared and Marilee Barker family Aug. 18, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Congratulations to you the Biola university family, on this choice of Vice President of Student Development of Biola University! We know he is a fine Godly man with sincere care for young people! Personal Congratulations to Andre also!

  • Moussa Bongoyok Aug. 23, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Congratulations Mr. Stephens, My family is so happy for you and we wish you the best in your new position. May the Lord continue to grant you His wisdom and favor in everything you do for His glory! The Bongoyoks.

  • Arlene Pellicane Aug. 31, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Congratulations to Biola community - Andre will be such a wonderful VP of Student Development!

  • Lisa Martinez DeVinney Sep. 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Congrats, Andre!

  • Lester L.Gardiner Sep. 15, 2016 at 11:08 AM

    Congrats Angre! Let's go! Lester L Gardiner Class of 1983

  • April Reutter Sep. 18, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    Congratulations Andre! I'm so inspired by the purpose and destiny God has for your life! And to think it all started when you were my S.O.S. leader back in 1993. :) Blessings!

  • David Massongill Oct. 6, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Congrats and well done.

  • CDR Abe Thompson, US NAVY (Ret.) Dec. 6, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Andre!!! I am so excited for Biola and the students that will be blessed by your ministry. I'm also delighted that Biola has used God-Ordained wisdom in this choice!! Miss seeing you brother. Give them Heaven!!! Abe '94, '05

  • Eric Dalke Dec. 26, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Fantastic Andre! You're the best man for His work in serving Students of Biola because you have a servants heart! Love the opportunity for Dalke Boys to be under your leadership. Residence Assistant together 90' Alumni 93'

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