Stewarding leadership roles for service.

At Cornerstone University, the President's Cabinet works to enact and advance our identity, mission and vision. In addition to the president, the cabinet includes 10 respected leaders who represent distinct areas of the institution, its programs and its ministries.

President's Cabinet 

  • Dr. Joe Stowell, President
    An internationally recognized conference speaker and prolific writer, Joe loves students and desires to provide an educational experience in which they are intellectually and spiritually stimulated to winsomely engage their world with the love of Christ.
  • Dr. John VerBerkmoes, Executive Vice President for Academics and Dean of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
    With more than 30 years of service at Cornerstone, John teaches courses in organizational leadership and adult education and serves member schools of the Association of Theological Schools through workshop presentations and assessment coaching.
  • Dr. Peter Osborn, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
    Peter has served in various administrative and faculty roles since 1999, and he also assists nonprofit organizations in staff transitions and resolving conflict.
  • Dr. Shawn Newhouse, Senior Vice President for Traditional Undergraduate Academics
    Shawn brings an entrepreneurial spirit and breadth of leadership experience to her role, having served for over 14 years as a business manager in corporate contexts and in organizational leadership roles in nonprofit organizations.
  • Scott Stewart, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    Scott has served the university in various roles since May 1987. In addition to his responsibilities as interim chief financial officer, Scott teaches select finance courses.
  • Dr. Gerald Longjohn, Vice President of Student Development
    Gerald collaborates with faculty and staff to help equip students to passionately follow Jesus through their callings and careers. Prior to his experience in higher education, he worked as a youth pastor.
  • Bob Sack, Vice President for Advancement
    Bob brings more than 20 years of marketing experience to Cornerstone and has been involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations in and around Grand Rapids.
  • Lisa Link, Executive Director of Enrollment
    In her role, Lisa provides leadership and strategic planning for traditional undergraduate enrollment initiatives and enjoys maximizing people's strengths by recognizing each person's unique talents and abilities.
  • Chris Lemke, Executive Director of Radio
    Prior to his current role, Chris served as on-air host, program director and WCSG's general manager. He has taught sessions at national industry conferences, written several articles for industry trade publications and counseled other stations.
  • Emilie Azkoul, Director of Human Resources
    Emilie is certified as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). In addition, she is a member of the TIAA Advisory Council, a nation-wide council for TIAA retirement plans.