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Michael Maples

Michael Maples is the co-founder and a managing partner of Trumark Companies, and serves as vice chair of the Board of Trustees at Biola University. Maples earned a B.S. in business administration from San Jose State University and a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary. Maples and his wife, Jeanie, live in Corona Del Mar, Calif. and have four children, three of whom attended Biola. Maples has also served on the boards of Hume Lake Christian Camps, The Gathering and San Diego Christian College.

With 30 years of trusted experience and recent recognition as 2018 Builder of the Year, the Trumark Group of Companies is a diversified real estate development and building firm that includes: Trumark Communities, a master planned community developer; Trumark Homes, a next generation homebuilder; Trumark Commercial, which builds, leases and sells commercial buildings; and Trumark Urban, a vertically integrated residential developer focused on core urban neighborhoods. Trumark see every piece of land as a sacred responsibility to fulfill its mission to Enhance the lives of people by creating inspiring living environments – Enhance and Inspire.

Welcome to Biola University’s Commencement, and congratulations to you who are graduating for finishing well. Today is a culmination of years of hard work and perseverance, which no doubt included valleys and mountaintops. Today is also a commencement of something new. The world needs what you have to give, equipped in mind and character to make a difference for the cause of the Gospel. May the relationships that have been formed, the wisdom you have gained and the knowledge that has been imparted stand you in good stead in the years ahead. Each one of you has been a special gift of God to Biola University and our prayers go with you as you take this important step in your journey.

—Dr. Barry Corey

Biola University is a private Christian university located in Southern California. For nearly 100 years, Biola has stood out as an institution grounded on biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development, and career preparation, where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians.

The mission of Biola University is biblically centered education, scholarship and service—equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.

With more than 145 academic programs through its nine schools, Biola offers degrees ranging from B.A. to Ph.D.

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