Reno – no, not the city. Reno Hoff, president of Corban College for ten years. Students know him as the guy does chapel now and then, parks his car in his own, much-envied spot in front of Schimmel, once in a rare blue moon, is spotted eating in Aramark. But there has to be more to the president title than these minor things.
A typical day for Dr. Hoff includes an abundance of fundraising meetings, planning meetings, and various board meetings. There is a lot of preparation, financial balancing, and discussions over the future of the school, how that plays into the welfare of the student life, and, of course, its cost to not only the school, but also to the student body.
Dr. Hoff has many other responsibilities, as well. He periodically hires new members for his open positions on staff, such as the provost or vice president. He’s ultimately responsible for all areas of the school, budgeting, marketing, food service, planning, recruiting, etc.
Not only does his time filled with business for the school, but he is also on the executive leadership committee for the Chamber of Commerce, which helps train high school students for leadership.
Hoff said one disadvantage of being in administration is not getting to know the students. He continued by saying that he enjoys talking to students and has an open door policy. If you want to meet with him, make an appointment with him or just drop by to chat.
When asked what his favorite part about being president is, he said it was “being able to be part of something that’s making a difference for Jesus.”
And his least favorite part?
“When we don’t have enough money to do what we’d like to [for the school].”
A president’s job is never finished. Dr. Hoff is here 24/7, nearly 365 days a year. During summer, he only gets a small time for a break. He mentioned that even during the “off season” he works on “fundraising, public relations, planning and new student applications.”
“You can’t ever really get away from it,” he said.
His job may be obscure to most students, and his office may be foreign territory, but Dr. Hoff welcomes the opportunity to meet with anyone and everyone. So say “hi” the next time he walks by or when he’s in the cafeteria.
He would love to talk.