Duties and Responsibilities
The board of trustees shall set and maintain the mission of the university and determine the general policies and affairs of the university. Specifically, the trustees will:
- Appoint a president of the university to serve at the will of the board of trustees for such term as the board may prescribe and to support and assess the performance of the president;
- Consider and approve, upon recommendation of the president or appropriate committee, the general policies of the university, including university personnel policies, admission policies, academic policies;
- Consider and approve, upon recommendation of the appropriate committee or president, the annual operation and capital expenditures budget for the university with the premise that financial resources are utilized to provide sound education programs and submit approved budgets to the board of directors for final approval;
- Approve, upon recommendation of faculties and the president, the earned degrees awarded;
- Approve all governmental and private financial aid programs including, but not limited to grants, scholarships, and student loans;
- Consider and approve or delegate authority to approve, upon recommendation of the president or finance committee, all major contractual relationships and other major legal obligations executed in the name of the university;
- Appoint and create appropriate committees;
- Consider and approve long range plans of the university; and
- Consider and approve, upon recommendation of the president or the appropriate committees, loans, borrowing and the sale or purchase of real estate.
Board of Trustees
Buford 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 Cooley, Trustee
Since 1989, Chantell Cooley has been at the forefront of online education, leveraging her knack for interpersonal communication and positive attitude to encourage adult learners to fulfill their goals through higher education. Cooley’s transition into the role of senior vice president in 2005 poised her with the opportunity to capitalize on these innate leadership abilities, driving both CSU and the industry forward into continued growth. During her tenure with CSU, Cooley led initiatives throughout many departments with tenacity and fervor, fueled by the work ethic and Christian ideals of her father, Dr. Robert Mayes Sr., CSU founder.
One of Cooley’s most commendable capstone achievements included driving the CSU brand forward through the implementation of its innovative customer service model, an integral part of the university’s value system that remains in effect today. Cooley also enacted the successful Learning Partner program, where she served as director from 2004 – 2010. She successfully used this platform to build lasting relationships with Fortune 500 companies, organizations, associations, and local, county and state agencies that provide their employees with educational opportunities.
Chantell’s faith is reflected in her ethics, passion, care for others and commitment to building people up. Her charitable work includes offering The Chantell Cooley Military Spouse Scholarships at CSU and Waldorf University and The Chantell Cooley Leadership Scholarships for Women at Waldorf University. Chantell is an accomplished author and has written several books including: Winning the Game of Life, an inspirational book, which chronicles her family’s struggles and her journey into success and Stand on the Word, which emphasizes the power of the Scriptures and the importance of daily confessions of the Word of God. Chantell is a spiritual daughter of Marilyn Hickey. She is an ordained minister with credentials through Christian International Apolostic Network under Bishop Bill Hamon. Chantell and Tommy Cooley, her husband of 25 years, live in Gulf Shores, Alabama with their two grown children, Brooke and Dylan.
Richard 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 University, 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. David Harpool, Trustee
Dr. David Harpool has more than 22 years of experience in public and private college settings. He has served as a tenured faculty, dean, vice-president, provost, president and a trustee of both traditional and non-traditional universities including Northcentral University, Ellis College of NYIT, Kaplan University and Webster University. Dr. Harpool has published numerous articles in juried legal journals as well as appeared on CNN, NBC and CBS. He earned a PhD in Higher Education from Saint Louis University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Randy 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 University 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 University (1995) and the University of Iowa’s College of Pharmacy (2000) and received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Pittsburgh’s 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 Mayes, Jr., Trustee
As the Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Southern Education Group, the parent company of Columbia Southern University and Waldorf University, Robert Mayes provides strategy and leadership support to the institutions. Mr. Mayes has more than 25 years of experience in distance education. Mayes co-founded Columbia Southern University, an online university headquartered in Orange Beach, Alabama, along with his father Dr. Robert G. Mayes and sister Chantell Mayes Cooley in 1993. He transitioned to the role of president at CSU in 2005 and served until May 2018. In his role as president of CSU, Mayes worked closely with leadership to accomplish the goals, objectives and strategies of the university. During this time, the University grew from 7000 students to 30,000. He was awarded the title president emeritus on May 1, 2018 for his contributions and impact on the University.
Mayes also led the acquisition of Waldorf University (previously Waldorf College) in Forest City, Iowa in 2010, a task that included achieving approvals from the U.S. Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission. During his time at CSU, Mayes had direct experience in many areas of online university operations including key roles in accounting, finance, information technology, online course design, outcomes assessment, the development of policies and procedures, accreditation and more. He is a board member of the Alabama Association of Private Colleges and Schools and chairman of the board of directors for South Baldwin Christian Academy. He served eight years on the board of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission board of directors and served on its executive, finance and nominating committees. In 2017, Mayes was awarded the Distance Education Accrediting Commission’s Distinguished Service Award and was a Boy Scouts of America Golden Eagle Honoree.
Casey Miller, Trustee
Casey Miller, past member of the Waldorf board of regents, received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Waldorf University 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.
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.”
David 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 University, 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 University 2005 Distinguished Alumni Service Award. He has served on the Waldorf University board of regents since 2006.