Christian College Consortium News & Events

Malone Appoints D. Nathan Phinney Provost

Dr. D. Nathan Phinney was appointed to the position of Provost by Malone University following a national search. Phinney has served Malone as interim provost since July of 2015 and previously as dean of the College of Theology, Arts and Sciences (CTAS). He joined Malone’s biblical studies faculty in 2004. Phinney earned the Ph.D. from Yale University where he also completed master’s degrees in Old Testament and Religion. He completed his B.A. at Taylor University. Phinney and his wife Janelle have three children, a son, James, and twin daughters, Claire and Victoria.

Margaret Diddams Appointed Provost at Wheaton College

Dr. Margaret Diddams has been appointed Provost of Wheaton College to succeed Dr. Stanton Jones who announced last year that he will step down as Provost and return to teaching at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. Diddams currently serves as Assistant Provost at Seattle Pacific University. She graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Psychology, and earned a M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. Diddams started her academic career at Columbia University before joining the faculty at Seattle Pacific University in 1993. In addition to her academic work, Diddams has worked as a Senior Manager in Strategic Services at Microsoft and founded DuPlissis & Diddams Associates, a consulting practice specializing in survey research, organizational development and executive coaching. Diddams and her husband, Stan, have four adult children: Michael, Marjorie, S. Scott and James.

Jack Connell Hired as Houghton’s New Dean of College

Houghton College is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Samuel J. “Jack” Connell as the new Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs, replacing Dr. Linda Mills Woolsey who will be returning to the classroom. Dr. Connell is a Houghton alumnus ’83 with a rich diverse employment history in both ministry and higher education, having held leadership positions at Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, NY, including executive vice President and chief operating officer. Connell earned his B.A. from Houghton College, a M.Div. and D.Min. from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Rochester.

P. Lowell Haines Named Taylor University President

The Taylor University Board of Trustees has selected P. Lowell Haines, alumnus and longtime Indianapolis lawyer, as President-Elect of Taylor. Haines, also a member of Taylor’s Board for the past 13 years, will assume his presidential role on June 1, 2016, and replaces outgoing President Dr. Eugene B. Habecker. A partner at Faegre Baker Daniels, one of the nation’s largest law firms, Haines has specialized in working with non-profit organizations and served as legal counsel for dozens of colleges and universities across the country. Haines holds degrees from Indiana University (J.D.), Ball State University (M.A.), and Taylor University (B.A.). He is currently completing a Doctor of Education degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Haines’ wife Sherry is also a Taylor graduate, and has spent 35 years as an art teacher in public and private schools. Their daughter Hannah is a Taylor alum.

Vechery Scholarship Recipients for 2016-17

Thirteen rising seniors have been selected to receive the 2016-17 Christian College Consortium Vechery Scholarship for $6,000 each. Congratulations! Read more about the recipients on the Vechery Scholarship page.

Events Coming Up
  • CCC Chief Academic Officers Spring Meeting 2017

    June 14-16, 2017
    hosted by Trinity International University
    Homewood Suites by Hilton
    10 Westminster Way, Lincolnshire, IL 60016
    tel. 847.945.9300

  • CCC Chief Academic Officers Spring Meeting 2018

    June 13-15, 2018
    hosted by Seattle Pacific University
    Courtyard Marriott Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
    925 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
    tel. 206.213.0100