Paul R. Corts

Dr. Paul R. Corts joined AGB Search in 2012 after completing a six-year term as president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).  Since joining AGB Search, Dr. Corts has assisted in more than two dozen searches focusing on presidential and provost positions and working primarily but not exclusively with faith-based institutions. Having served as a university president at two institutions for a total of twenty years, Dr. Corts has participated in scores of searches at the vice presidential and dean levels.  At AGB Search, Dr. Corts has conducted a wide variety of searches for senior leadership, most recently for: 

  • Ave Maria University (FL) - President
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ) - Vice President for Enrollment, Planning and Effectiveness
  • Fresno Pacific University (CA) - Provost
  • Mississippi College - President
  • Liberty University (VA) - Dean of Engineering
  • St. Cloud State University (MN) -  Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management
  • Claflin University (SC) - President

Wingate University and Palm Beach Atlantic University are two institutions that Dr. Corts has served as president.  Earlier in his career he served in various positions at Western Kentucky University and Oklahoma Baptist University as a faculty member, program director, dean, and executive vice president. Following the 9/11 attack on the U.S. he took a break from higher education and went to Washington, DC to serve as Assistant Attorney General for Administration with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) where he also served on the President’s Management Council, the Federal Prison Industries Board, the federal CFO Council, and other federal councils and boards. The Attorney General awarded him the Edmund J. Randolph Award in 2006 in recognition of meritorious service to the Department of Justice.

Dr. Corts remained in Washington and assumed the presidency of the CCCU,  a presidentially led, Washington-based international association that provides public policy advocacy for faith-based higher education.  The association also provides conferences, publications, services and web-based programs to support the professional development of governing boards, presidents, administrative staff, and faculty of its member and affiliated institutions. While in Washington Corts also served as the chairperson of Executives in Church-Related Higher Education (ECRHE), an eclectic group representing the chief administrative officers of Christian and Jewish associations of faith based institutions.

As an academic, he specialized in rhetoric and communications and is the co-author of two textbooks.  He has authored books for governing boards on the need to care for their president and to provide sabbaticals for presidents and cabinet leaders.  He has consulted widely with boards and presidents.

Dr. Corts served many professional organizations in higher education, including the American Council on Education Secretariat, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Secretariat, chair of the board of directors of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, and a term as president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities.  Dr. Corts was active for many years in leading numerous accreditation teams for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). He has also served on local, regional, national, and international boards as well as local and regional economic development boards and Florida’s Council of 100.

Dr. Corts earned a B.A. degree from Georgetown College (KY) and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University.