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The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) was founded in 1979 as a voluntary, non-profit, self-governing organization to promote the welfare, interests, and development of postsecondary institutions whose mission is characterized by a distinctly Christian purpose, as defined in the agency’s Foundational Standards.

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Dr. T. Paul Boatner Announces Retirement as TRACS President

Forest, VA (January 9, 2015) - At the regular Board of Commissioners meeting of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) today, Dr. T. Paul Boatner announced his intention to retire from the position of President of TRACS effective June 30, 2015.

TRACS is a U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) authorized agency for the institutional accreditation of Christian Colleges, Universities, and Seminaries. TRACS has accredited institutions both across the United States and in numerous foreign countries.

Dr. Boatner, began his forty-plus years’ career in college administration as the Director of Admissions and Registrar at Talbot Theological Seminary in La Mirada, California. This was followed by more than thirty years in various California community colleges and Christian institutions where he served as a Vice President of Student Services, Vice President of Academics, and Executive Vice President. He earned two bachelor’s degrees from Biola University (then Biola College), two master’s degrees from California State University – Fullerton and Southern California Seminary, and a doctorate degree from the University of Southern California.

Dr. James Flanagan, Chair of the TRACS Board of Commissioners, praised Dr. Boatner’s work as the President of TRACS and reluctantly made a motion to accept his retirement as president effective at the end of June 2015.

In stepping down from the TRACS presidency, Dr. Boatner said, “While I feel that I am still capable of performing the daily responsibilities of providing leadership to the work of TRACS, in looking ahead, I feel that it is time to bring in a younger leadership, one which has the energy to meet the increasing tasks which face the organization and accreditation agencies as a whole."

Dr. Boatner praised the leadership that Dr. Flanagan has given as Chair of the TRACS Accreditation Commission; the Accreditation Commission as a whole for their tireless work in improving Christian institutions around the world; and the TRACS staff for their teamwork, professionalism, and commitment to providing the highest in quality service to the membership institutions.

Dr. Flanagan stated, “The Board is grateful for Dr. Boatner’s significant contributions to the work of TRACS, his dedication to its mission, and his excellent leadership during his five-year tenure as president.”

The Executive Committee will prepare a job announcemet, serve as the Search Committee to identify and interview candidates, and select the individual for the position of the next President of TRACS to commence July 1, 2015. The information regarding this process will be posted on the TRACS website ( as it becomes available.

The Board of TRACS affirms its commitment to the mission of TRACS and to maintaining the agency’s firm stand on the absolute authority of Scripture, and with this in mind, it will seek a new president equally committed to our mission and biblical position.


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