Senior Vice President of External Relations
Dr. Paul J. Maurer is the Senior Vice President of External Relations. Drawing from more than 25 years of leadership in nonprofit and higher education administration, Dr. Maurer will lead the College’s development operations and major government relations initiatives.
Maurer comes to Gordon from Tabor College, where he directed the school of adult and graduate studies while also consulting with various other nonprofit organizations. From 2009 until 2012, Dr. Maurer served as president of Sterling College, one of Gordon’s sister institutions within the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Under his leadership, Sterling’s enrollment grew to historically high levels and the school received its strongest accreditation review in more than forty years.
Dr. Maurer also spent several years at Westmont College as director of the school’s capital campaign, and at Trinity International University as senior vice president for institutional advancement while serving concurrently as president of the Trinity International Foundation. At both institutions, Maurer led successful campaigns far surpassing their previous development initiatives. He began his professional career in 1987 at the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families, where Maurer ascended through a series of institutional roles until entering the higher education field in 1999.
Maurer earned his Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University, where he was an
H. B. Earhart Fellow and a John M. Olin Fellow. He earned his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Maurer is a scholar of the American presidency, with specific expertise in the moral and religious rhetoric of U.S. presidents. In addition to his roles leading the College’s advancement efforts, Dr. Maurer will hold faculty status at Gordon.
Paul and his wife, Joellen, have four children: Jon; Liz, a current Gordon student; Daniel; and Sarah.