Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., joined Olivet College as its 27th president in December 2010. Under his leadership, the college community is working toward its new vision, “Charting the Course for Olivet College 2020 and Beyond.” The multi-year plan involves input from all of the college’s constituents, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators and trustees, to identify and implement key objectives in charting the course for the future of Olivet. Among these objectives, a traditional liberal arts core curriculum is equally prioritized with preparation in professional vocations such as insurance and risk management, criminal justice, the natural and physical sciences, business administration and more.
Prior to Olivet, Dr. Corey served as executive vice president of Prescott College in Prescott, Ariz. During his tenure at Prescott, he was responsible for directing all aspects of the college’s administrative and operational policies, objectives and initiatives. He also managed Prescott’s financial policies as chief financial officer.
Dr. Corey’s previous responsibilities include board relations and development, fundraising, finance, organizational leadership, enrollment management, campus development, curriculum and faculty, and public policy and legislative affairs. In addition, he has served as an associate Ph.D. faculty member and adjunct faculty member for higher education finance, higher education organization and administration, nonprofit management and other business management-related areas.
Prior to joining Prescott College, Dr. Corey held the position of Fellow for Administrative Collaboratives with the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA). Prior to TICUA, he spent 10 years with Cumberland University, where he held the positions of vice president for administration, vice president for athletics and director of sports medicine, and was a member of the teaching faculty.
In 2006, Dr. Corey was appointed by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, and then subsequently reappointed by Governor Jan Brewer, to serve on the Arizona State Commission for Postsecondary Education. He served as chair of the commission for three years. Dr. Corey was also an active member in the community where he served in leadership on several boards, including president of the Central Arizona Land Trust, chair of the City of Prescott’s Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Open Space, and as a board member of the Sunup Rotary Club of Prescott.
He holds a doctorate in higher education finance from the University of Arizona, a Master of Business Administration from Cumberland University, a Master of Science from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Science from California State University at Fresno.
Dr. Corey was born and raised in Clovis, Calif., and is married to Traci, also a native of central California. They reside in Olivet and have one daughter, Karli.