Commissioners

The Commission membership reflects diversity in institutional characteristics such as mission, size, geography, funding and sponsorship, and in personal characteristics such as ethnicity, gender, and experience. All members are deeply committed to higher education and volunteer countless hours to the tasks of peer accreditation.

The Commission includes at least three public members, a representative from the Pacific Basin, a representative from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, and a representative from the Accrediting Commission for Schools.

Commissioners are nominated and elected by the chief executive officers of accredited institutions in the WASC region and serve overlapping three-year terms.

Jeffrey Armstrong, President, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Jeffrey Armstrong started his tenure as Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's ninth president in 2011. Prior to joining Cal Poly, he served as dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and professor of animal science at Michigan State University, beginning in 2001. Armstrong served as chair of the United Egg Producers...

Cynthia G. Baum, Ph.D. Chancellor, Argosy University. She brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in post-secondary education, developing and implementing academic programs, and leading both programmatic and regional accreditation processes, to her role as chancellor of Argosy University. She most recently served as president of Walden University and held additional...

Janna Bersi, Professor of Graduate Education in the College of Education, California State University, Dominguez Hills. Dr. Bersi’s professional record encompasses more than 20 years of senior leadership experience in public and private higher education and spans a broad spectrum of responsibilities with a concentration of strengths in financial and budget management,...

Richard Bray, Superintendent Emeritus, Tustin Unified School District, was elected to the commission in 2012 as the Accrediting Commission for Schools WASC representative to our board. He served as superintendent of the Tustin Unified School District from 2006-2011, after working as superintendent of the Hesperia Unified School District in San Bernardino County for 12 years...

Linda Buckley, Vice Chair, Retired from the California State University system after 19 years of faculty and administrative service at  Sacramento State University and San Francisco State University.  Her key responsibilities at those campuses included oversight of academic planning, institutional strategic planning, assessment, program review, accreditation, and institutional...

Ronald Carter, Provost, Loma Linda University, and Executive Vice President for University Affairs for Loma Linda University Health, a position he assumed in 2016. He previously served as vice chancellor for academic affairs (2006-2008), dean of the University's School of Science and Technology (2003-2006), and accreditation liaison officer (2006-2013) at Loma...

Joseph Castro President, California State University, Fresno.  He is the first Central Valley native to serve in this leadership position.  Dr. Castro is also Professor of Educational Leadership in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development.

Prior to his appointment at Fresno State, he served as Vice Chancellor, Student Academic Affairs, and Professor of...

William Covino, President, California State University, Los Angeles, is a veteran of the Cal State system, serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fresno State, from 2009 to 2013, and holding the same titles at Cal State Stanislaus from 2006 to 2009. He returned to the CSU following eight years at Florida Atlantic University, where he chaired the...

Reed Dasenbrock, Chair, Professor of English, University of Hawai'i – Manoa. Reed was educated at McGill University in Canada, where he received a B.A. (Honours); Oxford University in England, where he received a B.Phil.; and finally Johns Hopkins University, where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. On completion of his Ph.D. in English in 1981, he joined the faculty at New Mexico...

Bethami Dobkin, Ph.D. As the Provost Emeritus Saint Mary's College of California, Dr. Bethami Dobkin oversees the operational management of the College, with specific responsibility for academic affairs, enrollment, student affairs, and technology. She has served as Provost since 2008. Since that time, Saint Mary's College (SMC) has...

Phillip Doolittle Executive Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer, Brandman University. Brandman is a member of the Chapman University System. Mr. Doolittle’s oversight responsibilities include financial operations, integrated technology and information systems, human resources, administrative services, facilities...

Nancy Doorey, Public Member, has been deeply involved in public education governance and reform efforts for more than thirty years. She has taught at the elementary, secondary and higher education levels and served a total of 14 years on a state and a local school board in Delaware. Over the past decade, she has served as a consultant in the areas of policy, assessment design...

Jeb Egbert, Co-President, West Coast University.  As such, he is responsible for the oversight of the academic programs and related practices, policies and procedures of the University. 

Egbert spent approximately 20 years early in his career at a traditional, private, not-for-profit undergraduate institution where he taught in the business program and served in several...

John Etchemendy, Provost at Stanford University, joined the Commission in 2012. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy at Stanford since 1983. He is also a faculty member of the Symbolic Systems Program and a senior researcher at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI). Earlier in his tenure at Stanford, Etchemendy served as senior...

Shari L. Francis Public Member. Most recently, she was Vice President for State Relations at the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  She designed and managed the State Partnership Program, a system for conducting joint state and national accreditation reviews of teacher education programs. During her 23 year tenure at NCATE, the Partnerships...

Robin Garrell Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Dean of the Graduate Division and Professor of Chemistry and Bioengineering at the UC Los Angeles.   In her roles as Vice Provost and Dean and as the principal investigator on NSF IGERT and AGEP grants, she has advanced diversity in STEM doctoral programs, developed innovative technology tools to...

Erin Gore, Public Member. She is an Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo, head of its Education and Nonprofit Banking group, helping U.S. colleges, universities, and private schools with financial strategies for managing future growth and making enhancements to existing infrastructure and facilities. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Erin served as associate vice chancellor and...

Dianne Harrison President, California State University, Northridge. She served as president of California State University, Monterey Bay from 2006-2012 and for nearly 30 years worked at Florida State University, where she began as a faculty member and served in various administrative leadership roles, including vice president for academic quality and external programs....

William A. Ladusaw, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics from UC Santa Cruz. He served as Dean of Humanities and as Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education.

Fernando León-García, President, CETYS University. He was previously Chancellor of City University of Seattle‘s International Division, covering programs, campuses, and sites across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Before that he served as Chief Academic Officer of Apollo International/University of Phoenix International and in diverse capacities at CETYS including Chief...

Devorah Lieberman, President, University of La Verne. She previously served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Wagner College (NY) and as Vice Provost and Special Assistant to the President at Portland State University (OR). She has also previously served as the chair of the ACE International Collaborative, worked as an ACE Institute Facilitator, and sat on...

Kay Llovio, Associate Provost for Student Development at William Jessup University.  She has been a member of the faculty at Jessup since 1985, serving first as the University Librarian and as professor of practical theology and education since 1990.  Dr. Llovio served as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1999-2006, overseeing both initial...

Eduardo M. Ochoa, President, California State University, Monterey Bay.  He ​has a B.A. in physics and philosophy from Reed College, a M.S. in nuclear science and engineering from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research.​ ​Dr. Ochoa ​has ​worked for 29 years as a faculty member and administrator at campuses in the Cal State system...

Barry Ryan, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, International Technological UniversityDr. Ryan served as President and CEO of United States University in San Diego. A first generation college student, he earned a BA in History (magna cum laude) from Westmont College in Santa Barbara.  His next degree was a M.Div. from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena...

Barbara Sawrey is an emerita Distinguished Teaching Professor, and the former Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Education at UC San Diego.  She received her B.S. in chemistry from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio, and then worked as a chemist in the flavor and fragrance industry for a number of years.  She earned her Master's degree from...

Sandra SerranoChancellor Emerita of Kern Community College District. The Kern Community College District encompasses 25,000 square miles and is served by three colleges: Bakersfield College; Cerro Coso Community College; and, Porterville College.

Prior to being named Chancellor, Serrano served six years as President of Bakersfield College. She held a...

Monique L. Snowden is Vice President for Institutional Planning & Effectiveness, on faculty in the School of Leadership Studies, and a former WSCUC Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) at Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Snowden provides strategic leadership and support for the university in the application of strategic planning; operational performance monitoring,...

Thomas Stewart, Ph.D., Patten University President, has been actively involved in education reform and innovation for nearly twenty years. He has cofounded and led more than twenty organizations within and across nonprofit, public, and for-profit sectors, including the Black Alliance for Educational Options, SEED Public Charter School of Washington, DC, National Black Graduate...

Amy Supinger, Public Member, is the founder of Supinger Strategies, Inc., a Sacramento based consulting firm focused on California fiscal and policy matters, with an emphasis on higher education policy and finance. Ms. Supinger brings over 20 years of experience and skills to her practice.

A former Consultant with the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, she...

Tomoko Takahashi Vice President for Institutional Research and Assessment and the Dean of the Graduate School at Soka University of America.  Over the past 20+ years at Soka, she also served as the Provost and has helped establish Soka as an emerging student-centered university founded on the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights, and the sanctity of life.  As the...

Andrew Wallis Professor of French and Director of International Programs at Whittier College. He has been a member of the faculty at Whittier since 1999 and served in numerous governance roles, including Chair of Faculty Affairs, Chair of Enrollment and Student Affairs, and Chair of Faculty from 2010-2012. He has also spearheaded initiatives integrating open-source technology...

Jane Wellman, Public Memberis an expert in postsecondary policy, with particular expertise in changing finances, cost analysis and cost management, institutional governance and change management. She is the founding director of the Delta Cost Project, where her breakthrough work on cost analysis and public transparency for college finances garnered national...

Leah Williams, Public Member. She is currently General Counsel at WestEd, a non-partisan, non-profit, research, development and service agency that works with educational and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. She holds a B.A. in comparative culture from the University of California at Irvine and a J....