Dr. James E. Lanpher is the new provost at Columbia International University. Lanpher comes to CIU from Trinity College of Florida where he has served as vice president for academic affairs since 1999.
Lanpher holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, N.Y. and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. His professional involvement includes the chairmanship of the Commission on Accreditation at the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) from 2007-2008. Lanpher is also a licensed official worker with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, the denomination in which he grew up.
Lanpher says he is honored to be a part of CIU.
"I have always known CIU as a premier institution in biblical higher education and it will be a privilege to work alongside the many dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to educating people from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ," Lanpher said.
CIU president Dr. Bill Jones says Lanpher was appointed following an extensive search and appraisal process.
"Dr. Lanpher is uniquely qualified to assist CIU as we maintain academic excellence and move forward to achieve CIU's long-term goals in new program development," Jones said.
Lanpher replaces Dr. Junias Venugopal who left CIU to become provost at Moody Bible College in Chicago.