Paul R. Corts

Dr. Paul R. Corts has had a distinguished career in higher education, retiring in 2012 from the presidency of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), a presidentially led, Washington-based international association that provides public policy advocacy for faith-based higher education as well as 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. 

Prior to joining the CCCU, Dr. Corts served as Assistant Attorney General for Administration with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) from 2002-2006, 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.

Prior to his work at DOJ, Corts served as president of Palm Beach Atlantic University (FL) for nearly 12 years and as president of Wingate University (NC) for 8 years.  Earlier in his career, he was a faculty member and administrator at Oklahoma Baptist University (5 years) and Western Kentucky University (10 years).

As a higher education administrator, he has focused on strategic planning for campus growth and program development, resource development, early technology adoption, and management. His presidencies have reflected strong growth in revenues, assets, reserves, endowments, technology and physical facilities. 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.  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.