On February 24th 2018, the Board of Trustees of Providence Christian College unanimously voted to approve the appointment of Dr. David Corbin as the next Vice President for Academic Affairs. This appointment concludes a three year national search for a permanent VPAA.
“I am extremely pleased with the appointment of Dr. David Corbin. Our patience in searching for the right individual has been fully rewarded. David brings a combination of tremendous passion for excellent Reformed liberal arts education and a wealth of proven experience in building a similar institution in an urban setting.”
– Geoffrey Vanden Heuvel, Trustee, founding board member
(Bio) Dr. David Corbin has taught political philosophy, American politics, international relations and politics & literature at the University of New Hampshire, Boston University, and The King’s College over two decades. While at The King’s College, he served as Dean of their school of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, during a three-year period when the college doubled its enrollment.
Dr. Corbin graduated from the University of New Hampshire Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Political Science in 1993, earned his MA in Political Science at the University of New Hampshire in 1995, before receiving his PhD in Political Science at Boston University in 2005. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society.
Dr. Corbin has participated in numerous academic and civic endeavors, including serving a term in the New Hampshire State Legislature (1998-2000), involvement in the Henry Salvatori Fellows program at the Heritage Foundation (1998), the study of liberty and literature at the Liberty Fund (1999), touring Switzerland with a delegation of 20 outstanding young American diplomats to further American-Swiss relations in the summer of 2000, as a candidate for the governorship of New Hampshire in 2002, his appointment as the 2007-2008 Julius Stratton Adams fellow by the Friends of Switzerland, Boston, and as a Lehrman Institute Fellow in 2010.
Dr. Corbin has written a book on Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War (VDM, 2009) and co-authored Keeping Our Republic: Principles for a Political Reformation (Resource Publications, 2011) and A Readers Guide to Aristotle’s Politics (Continuum, 2009). He is currently working on a manuscript titled Shakespeare’s Prince on a comparative study of Shakespeare and Machiavelli’s understanding of statesmanship. Dr. Corbin’s analysis of political, cultural and social trends has appeared in the Investor’s Business Daily, The New York Times, The Washington Times, the Associated Press, First Things “First Thoughts”, Radio Free Europe, the French News Agency, New Hampshire Public Broadcasting, New England Cable News, and WCVB’s “Chronicle,” along with various other news organizations on the East Coast.
He resides with his wife Catie in Wallingford, PA, and has five children: Alexander, Catherine, Patrick, Eliza, and Jack. They attend Hope Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Glen Mills, PA.
Dr. Corbin will officially take up his appointment on July 1, 2018. In the meanwhile, the Providence community will have an opportunity to get acquainted with Dr. Corbin as the commencement speaker on May 5th, 2018. In addition, Dr. Corbin is expected to begin consulting strategically in the interim with president and administration in preparation for the 2018-19 academic year.
Providence President, Dr. Jim Belcher, who was instrumental in helping introduce Dr. Corbin to the VPAA search process, had this to say: “Dr. David Corbin is the right person to ensure that as Providence grows, it remains academically strong, mission-focused, and Christ-centered.”
The President and Board of Trustees are grateful for those who provided academic leadership to the institution during the search and are thankful to the Lord for the appointment of Dr. David Corbin who will help Providence excel to new heights in pursuit of its mission, vision, and student success.