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Board of Trustees

Buford LipscombBuford Lipscomb, Chairman of the Board

Buford Lipscomb serves as Senior Pastor for Liberty Church; a multi campus, non-denominational church meeting in five locations. Liberty has two locations in Pensacola, Fla., a campus in Navarre Fla., and two campus locations in Alabama: Foley and Fairhope.

Prior to Liberty Pensacola, Lipscomb began Liberty Church – Fairhope, Ala. While living in Fairhope, he served on the President's Advisory Board for Liberty Christian College. He also served as college president as well as instructor of various courses. Lipscomb also held the position of president of the Eastern Shore area ministerial association for many years as well as the Mobile-Pensacola District Pastor for Liberty Fellowship of Churches and Ministers.

Lipscomb’s leadership includes president of Liberty Network where he directly oversees more than 93 international pastors and ministers. Lipscomb continues to serve on various boards across the region including the Executive Council of Church Foundational Network, as well as the Envision Perdido Council in Perdido Key, Fla.

Lipscomb has been recognized both locally and nationally for his community and public service, as well as his leadership in both the business world and within the Christian ministry. He earned his bachelor's degree from Liberty Bible College in Pastoral Ministry in 1982 and received his Ph.D. in Christian Education from Liberty Christian College in 1994.

Chantell Mayes CooleyChantell Mayes Cooley, Trustee

Chantell Mayes Cooley is executive vice president for Waldorf University. She oversees the online operations for Waldorf including admissions, outreach and registrar’s office. She is particularly knowledgeable about educational administration and the admission/student services aspects of distance learning. She serves on the university’s Board of Trustees as well as that of Columbia Southern University, the sister institution to Waldorf University, where she is also senior vice president, co-founder and part owner. Cooley oversees business development at Columbia Southern Education Group, the parent company of CSU and Waldorf University.


Dick CorcoranRichard Corcoran, Trustee

Richard J. Corcoran, past member of the Waldorf Board of Regents, is the executive vice president in Wealth Management for First National Bank in Sioux Falls, S.D. As the senior trust executive, he is responsible for management, supervision and operation of a $2.7 billion trust department and full service investment brokerage department with a combined staff of 41. Corcoran is also chair of the Trust Committee of the Board of Directors, and a member of the Trust Investment Committee, the Trust Review Committee; the senior management team of the bank, the bank's board of directors and the bank's holding company board of directors.

Prior to the joining the First National Bank staff in 1991, Corcoran was a partner and shareholder of Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith, P.C., a business law firm in Sioux Falls from 1981 to 1991. He worked as a bank officer for First Northwestern Trust Co. of South Dakota from 1979 to 1981 and a trust officer for Northwestern National Bank of St. Paul, Minn. from 1979-1979.

Corcoran received his Associate of Arts degree from Waldorf College, his Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls and his law degree from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul. He is a certified financial planner and graduated from ABA Graduate School of Business at Georgetown University in 2006.

Corcoran is president of the South Dakota Guardianship Program Board of Trustees, University of Sioux Falls Foundation Board, South Dakota Achieve Foundation Board of Directors and Waldorf Lutheran College Foundation Board of Directors.

Dr. Randy JuhlRandy Juhl, Ph.D., Trustee

Dr. Randy Juhl, past member of the Waldorf Board of Regents, is the Vice Chancellor for Research Conduct and Compliance for the University of Pittsburgh and Distinguished Service Professor in the University’s School of Pharmacy. He received an A.A. from Waldorf College in 1968 and a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in pharmacy from the University of Iowa in 1972, 1974 and 1976 respectively. His first academic appointment was at Ferris State University where he served as an assistant professor and director of the school’s clinical pharmacy programs.

In 1979 he moved to the University of Pittsburgh to serve as chair of the department of pharmacy practice. He was named dean of the School of Pharmacy in 1986, a position he held for 16 years until 2002. During his tenure as dean, the school converted its entry level practitioner degree program from the Bachelor’s level to the Pharm.D., instituted advanced practice residencies in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and other partners, developed an innovative clinical scientist Ph.D. program and increased its endowment more than tenfold. The school also attained a top ten ranking among schools and colleges of pharmacy as measured by grant support from the NIH.

Juhl left the deanship to join the University’s senior leadership as vice chancellor for Research Conduct and Compliance in July of 2002 . His responsibilities as vice chancellor include the administrative oversight of the University Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Radiation Safety Program, the Recombinant DNA Office, the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee (ESCRO) and the University conflict of interest reporting and monitoring functions. Additional interim leadership responsibilities have included health sciences development (2002/03), the Institute of Politics (2004/06) and chair of the University NCAA Accreditation Steering Committee (2005/06).

His research included the effects of disease states and other conditions on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 manuscripts, abstracts and books on these and related topics.

Juhl served as president of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science in the American Pharmaceutical Association in 1992-1993. In 1992, he was asked to chair the newly created FDA advisory committee on non-prescription drugs. Juhl served as this committee's chair from 1992 to 1996. The committee is responsible for advising the FDA on a range of issues related to non-prescription drugs, including the Rx-to-OTC switch process. In 1998, Juhl was appointed chairman of the Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee for the FDA. This new advisory committee was created by the FDA Modernization Act of 1997 to serve as a public forum for the resolution of regulatory issues affecting pharmacy compounding.

Juhl has been honored as a distinguished alumnus of both Waldorf College (1995) and the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy (2000) and received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy Alumni Society (2004).

In 2008, he was named Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh, the first to be so honored in the School of Pharmacy’s 130 year history.

Currently, he consults for several companies and organizations that deal with self-medication and the Rx to OTC switch process and is a frequent speaker on a variety of FDA-related regulatory topics.

Minnie Mayes, Trustee

Minnie Mayes is a co-founder of Columbia Southern and serves in an executive advisory capacity at CSU. She has also been with CSU since its founding and is on the Board of Directors. Prior to CSU, Mayes co-founded a safety consulting company that provided training and services to small businesses nationwide. She has extensive knowledge about CSU through her long tenure as a board member and numerous work and advisory experiences in all aspects of distance learning during the past 15 years.

Robert MayesRobert Mayes, Jr., Trustee

Robert Mayes, Jr. is co-founder and president of Columbia Southern University. Mayes is a pioneer in online education with 15 years of experience in the distance learning industry. He has served as the president of CSU, one of the nation’s first online universities, since 2005. CSU was established in 1993 by his father, Dr. Robert Mayes.

CSU encompasses students from all 50 U.S. states and around the world. More than 500 full-time faculty and staff support an active student body of more than 30,000. He is directly involved in meeting accreditation standards and regulatory compliance, outcomes assessment, university policies and procedures, developing outside relationships, strategic planning, and new ventures and initiatives that move the University forward. He is CEO of Columbia Southern Education Group, the parent company of Columbia Southern University and Waldorf University.

Mayes holds an A.A.S. from Faulkner State Junior College, a B.S. from Columbia Southern, and an M.B.A. from Capella University.

He serves on the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Other committee and board positions include DEAC Business Standards Evaluator, DEAC Business Standards Committee member, DEAC Finance Committee member and a board member of the Alabama Association of Private Colleges and Schools, and the Chairman of the Board of South Baldwin Christian Academy.

Casey Miller, Trustee

Casey Miller, past member of the Waldorf Board of Regents, received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Waldorf College in 1997 and his M.B.A. from Drake University in 2002. He worked for Wells Fargo Financial from 1997 – 1999 as an Assistant Branch Manager. From 1999 – 2004, he served as an Acquisitions/Dispositions Team member for Principal Global Investors. In this role he assisted in underwriting more than two hundred million dollars in acquisitions and more than two billion in dispositions. He is currently the senior asset manager in the Texas markets for Principal Global Investors where he is responsible for approximately five million square feet of office, industrial, warehouse, retail property in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. He is also responsible for sourcing, underwriting and executing on ground up development projects.

Jim PateJames Pate, Ph.D., Trustee

Dr. James P. Pate became dean of The University of Mississippi-Tupelo campus, on August 15, 2005. Prior to joining the University, he served as vice president for Academic Affairs at Northeastern State University (1998-2005), dean of the School of Arts and Letters at Southeastern Oklahoma State University (1995-1998) and at The University of West Alabama (1967-1995) where he served as a professor, dean, athletic director and academic vice president.

He received an A.A. degree from Itawamba Community College, a B.S.E. from Delta State University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Mississippi State University. He also completed post-doctoral study in Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management (1985) and in the Price-Babson College Fellowship Program – Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators (2001).

An active educator/scholar, Pate has presented papers at regional and state meetings and published articles, book reviews and reports. His books include The Reminiscences of George Strother Gaines: Pioneer and Statesman of Early Alabama and Mississippi, 1805-1843 (1998) and “When This Evil War Is Over”: The Correspondence of the Francis Family, 1860-1865 (2006). He has completed several entries for the Encyclopedia of Alabama, Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, and Mississippi Encyclopedia. He received several grants for his research and archaeological investigations at the Fort TombecbĂ©/Fort Confederation site and negotiated the transfer of this eighteenth century site to The University of West Alabama.

Pate recently served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cherokee National Historical Society (2001-2005). He served as chair of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Committee in 1994-95, president of the Alabama Association of Historians in 1980-82 and chair of the Alabama Humanities Foundation in 1979-80. In July 2009, he was appointed to the Mayor’s Special Task Force on Lifelong Learning for the City of Tupelo, Mississippi. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Momentum Mississippi and of the Board of Directors of the Community Development Foundation of Tupelo/Lee County, Mississippi.

Fredrick R. Snow, Ph.D., Trustee

Dr. Fredrick Snow joined the Waldorf University Board of Trustees in November 2012. Snow has a comprehensive history in academia, with extensive experience in both residential and online settings. He has served as president of three universities, and in the varied roles of vice president, dean, director and tenured faculty.

Snow has been instrumental in developing some of the country’s most successful online programs, with outstanding academic outcomes and graduation rates. He promotes a consolidated, university-wide approach to online learning, building upon an institution’s own strategic plans, identities and market opportunities.

A sought-after speaker and panelist, Snow has presented at numerous national conferences on the economics of online learning, the complexity of marketing online organizations, global online education and more. As a consultant, his specialties include strategic planning, institutional communication, financial planning, and designing programs for maximum academic outcomes and student enrichment. Snow holds an M.B.A. from Penn State University, and earned his Ph.D. in International Business/Economics from Kent State University. He received his B.A. in Accounting and Spanish from Grove City College, and holds CPA certification in Pennsylvania.

His extensive travel has inspired Snow to develop a vision of worldwide learning and accord through Collaborative Global Education (C-Global-E), an “organization whose mission is to develop online learning solutions for social good, both here and abroad.”

John ThompsonJohn Thompson, Trustee

John Thompson is the Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff for the National Sheriffs' Association in Alexandria, Virginia, where he has served since 2002. Mr. Thompson's public safety career started in 1972 when he joined the federal fire service as a firefighter. In 1974, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving as a military police officer, canine handler and military intelligence officer before being honorably discharged in 1982.

Thompson continued his career in law enforcement as he was appointed chief of police for the City of Mount Rainier, a diverse community bordering our Nation's Capital, in 1990. During his tenure as chief of police, he reorganized the department and its priorities, placed an emphasis on community policing, and implemented very successful and innovative crime reduction programs that lead Thompson to receive of two "Award of Excellence" awards from the Maryland Municipal League. After retiring in 1998, Thompson was appointed Assistant Sheriff for Prince Georges County, Md., where he worked until 2002.

Through the years, Thompson has expanded his expertise and his reputation as a law enforcement professional. He has a degree in Criminal Justice from the Northern Virginia College and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He is also a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development School. Currently, Thompson sits on the FBI Criminal Justice Information Advisory Policy Board, the Homeland Security Consortium, the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition and the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Services Sector Coordinating Council (which he is the chair). Thompson also participates and sits on several law enforcement working groups and advisory boards.

David WeberDavid Weber, MD, Vice Chairman of the Board

Dr. David Weber, past member of the Waldorf Board of Regents, is proud to have been born, raised, and educated in the great state of Iowa. He received his A.A. degree in 1962 from Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Iowa in 1964. He then continued his education at the university receiving his M.D. in 1968.

Fresno General Hospital, Fresno, California was the site for Weber’s Internship. This was followed by two years in the U.S. Army stationed at William Beaumont Hospital at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. While on assignment there he served as general medical officer and preventative medicine officer. Upon completion of military service with an honorable discharge, he returned to the University of Iowa for a radiology residency from 1971 to 1975. His training allowed him to become double boarded in both diagnostic radiology and radiology including radiation oncology.

In 1975 he joined the physician staff of the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center in Wenatchee, Washington as a diagnostic radiologist and radiation oncologist. He served on the medical staff of several regional hospitals with a primary focus on Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, Washington where he was instrumental in development of CT, ultrasound, and interventional radiology disciplines. He served as chairman of the Medical Center Radiology Department and Clinical Support Services from 1983 to 2001. He also chaired the Radiological Technology Advisory Committee for the Wenatchee Valley College program and taught as a clinical instructor.

In 2002 he was elected CEO and chairman of the board of the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and has been reelected subsequently for two more terms. During this time he has served in state and national roles in the American Medical Group Association where he was the founding president of the CEO Leadership Council and in the American Medical Association. He currently chairs the group practice advisory committee of the American Medical Association. In 2008 he received the Washington State Rural Health Association award for Outstanding Contribution to Rural Health.

He is proud to be the recipient of the Waldorf College 2005 Distinguished Alumni Service Award. He has served on the Waldorf University Board of Regents since 2006.