Dr. James Lanpher serves as Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Columbia International University. Dr. Lanpher has been a leader in Biblical higher education, previously serving in a variety of capacities with the Association for Biblical Higher Education including Chairman of the Commission on Accreditation. Dr. Lanpher taught overseas at the Alliance Biblical Seminary (now the Alliance Graduate School) in Manila, The Philippines. He also taught at the University of Notre Dame and Crown College and served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Trinity College of Florida.
Dr. Lanpher graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree majoring in international economics and obtaining language proficiency in Chinese. He received his Master of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. His dissertation, “The Miraculous in Mark: Its Eschatological Background and Christological Function,” focused on the role of miracles in Mark’s portrayal and understanding of Jesus.
In 1986 Dr. Lanpher married his wife Lisa, who has a Masters of Educational Leadership degree from the University of South Florida and taught in Florida public schools. The Lanphers have one son who is currently in college at Columbia International University.
B.S.F.S., 1984, Georgetown University; M.Div., 1988, Alliance Theological Seminary; M.A., 1991, Ph.D., 1994, University of Notre Dame.
Visiting Instructor, University of Notre Dame, 1993-1994; Assistant Professor, Alliance Biblical Seminary (Manila, The Philippines), 1994-1996; Associate Professor, Crown College, 1996-1999; Vice President for Academic Affairs, Trinity College of Florida, 1999-2011; Provost & Sr. Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Columbia International University, 2011-Present.