Tom Tanner joined the ATS staff in August 2012 as director, accreditation and institutional evaluation. His work includes facilitating accrediting reviews, providing education and support to member schools about the process of accreditation, and providing staff support to the work of the Board of Commissioners of the ATS Commission on Accrediting. Prior to that, he served for 33 years at Lincoln (IL) Christian University as library director, director of planning and assessment, accreditation liaison, undergraduate dean, seminary dean, vice president of academics, and dean of adult and online learning. His teaching experience ranges from Greek and Bible to research and leadership development. A graduate of Lincoln Christian University (BA and MDiv) and the University of Illinois (MA, MLIS, and PhD), he holds degrees in ministry, New Testament, classical philology, and library and information science.
Tanner served on many accreditation visits for decades before joining the ATS staff—for the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) since 1984 and for ATS since 2006—as well as serving on several joint regional accreditation visits with SACS and HLC. He has presented numerous self-study workshops for ATS, ABHE, and HLC. He also served as a board member and commission member for ABHE. His published works include two books (What Ministers Know and Verses and Voices), numerous articles for various journals, and former editorship of the Journal for Biblical Higher Education. Since joining the ATS staff, Tanner has published numerous articles in Colloquy Online, the Association's newsletter.
Tanner is a licensed minister among Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, having served as resident and visiting minister for several congregations in Illinois.