Paving the Vision Forward

Under the steadfast and optimistic guidance from the Alliance leadership team, Alliance University currently serves more than 2,000 students in its undergraduate, graduate, doctoral degrees programs offered on site and online. In addition to its main campus in New York City, an extension site is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Alliance University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. Alliance Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

Rajan S. Mathews

Rajan S. Mathews is the 13th president of Alliance University, founded in 1882 and Alliance Theological Seminary, founded in 1960, both located in Manhattan with an extension site in Puerto Rico.

He was named the 13th president of AU and Alliance Theological Seminary in May 2021.

President Mathews and his wife, Grace reside in Mercer County, New Jersey and are members of Stone Hill Church in Princeton, where he is a board elder. They are the parents of two daughters—Kavita and Nithya, who is married to Jeffy Joseph.

Professional Experience

Prior to being named president, President Mathews was the Director General (2010-2020) of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the Telecom Communications Industry Association in India, leading a $36 billion advocacy group representing the industry in India and around the globe. His career has also been distinguished by other senior executive positions including Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President-Controller of companies such as AT&T, Telargo Inc., Call Sciences Inc., Afghan Wireless Communications, Beatrice Foods International and Columbia Tri-Star Pictures.

While at AT&T, Rajan Mathews was named President & CEO of Birla AT&T, then AT&T’s largest international investment, where he introduced digital mobile telephony services in India, building out and operating one of India’s largest Global System for Mobile Communications networks.

Academic Background and Experience

President Mathews earned an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also holds an MA in economics and an MBA in finance and professional accounting, both from Rutgers University. He is also a CPA in the State of New Jersey.

Board of Trustees

The Alliance University Board of Trustees is an accomplished group of men and women who share their expertise, providing invaluable insight and guidance in critical areas of operations and best practices. AU trustees bring a wealth of knowledge from their careers in law, business, consulting, media, ministry, engineering, finance, research and development, and higher education. These accomplished professionals also serve on Board subcommittees that include executive, finance and facilities, audit, academic affairs and student life, enrollment, advancement and marketing, Alliance Theological Seminary and by-laws. The University is the beneficiary of not only their time and talent, but their generous financial investment in the institution and its students.

Kenneth E. Baldes
Ex Officio, Vice President for Operations/Treasurer & COO, The C&MA

William M. Beatty, CPA
Chief Accounting Officer, DriveWealth

Anne Snyder
Editor-in-Chief of Comment Magazine, Host of Breaking Ground

Rev. Dr. Victor W. Chan
Senior Pastor (Emeritus) East Bay Alliance Church, Oakland, CA

J. Robert Ciminera
CEO, Vispero Inc.

Glenn G. Daves
Vice President, Package Innovation NXP Semiconductor, Inc.

Rev. Thomas R. Flanders
New England District Superintendent, The C&MA

Dr. Gary D. Friesen
Ex Officio, General Council and Assistant Corporate Secretary, The C&MA

Dr. Paul D. Glenn
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Attorney, Marvin & Palmer Associates, Inc. L.L.D.

Rev. Dr. Denny Krajacic
Senior Pastor, Butler Community Alliance Church (retired) Ministry Consultant

Rajan Mathews
President Ex Officio, Alliance University/Alliance Theological Seminary

Dr. John Praveen
Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, Global Multi-Asset Solutions, PGIM Quant Solutions

Vivian A. Price
Teaching Leader for Bible Study Fellowship

Dwight D. Safer
Ex Officio; Senior Business Manager, Global Foundries Inc; NC Alumni Association President

Rev. Dr. Scott G. Slocum
Board Chairman (2014); Senior Pastor, Essex Alliance Church

Dr. Carolyn Tonge
National Executive Service Corps [NESC] of South FL, Senior Consultant (volunteer); Higher Ed. Admin. (retired); BOD Member, Seminario Teologico de Puerto Rico [STPR] (2005)

Kelvin Walker
C&MA Metro-District Superintendent; Corporate VP, The C&MA

Dr. Duane A. Wheeland
Board Vice Chair (2007) Donor Engagement Manager, The C&MA

Paulette Zimmerman
The Legato Consulting Group