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 institutional members, public members, representation 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 WSCUC region and serve overlapping three-year terms.

Lauren Asher, Public Member, is an independent consultant to foundations and nonprofits striving to increase equity and opportunity. A nationally recognized expert on college affordability and outcomes, she is the former president The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) and co-founder of its Project on Student Debt. At TICAS, she led successful efforts to...

Phillip Doolittle, Chair, 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...

Andrew Dorantes, Ph.D., has over 30 years of experience serving higher education and other non-profit organizations. Dr. Dorantes is Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Treasurer for Harvey Mudd College. He joined Harvey Mudd as Vice President in 2003. His oversight responsibilities include auxiliary operations, capital planning, emergency preparedness, facilities...

Dr. Odie Douglas recently retired as the assistant superintendent responsible for overseeing educational services and supervising elementary, middle, and high schools in the Pleasanton Unified School District located in Alameda County. He earned his Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of San Francisco.

Dr. Douglas is a coach/...

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...

Anita Borja Enriquez has served as Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, and Accreditation Liaison Officer, at the University of Guam (UOG) since 2013.  Prior to this, she served as Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration for over seven years. A former corporate planning and development manager, and management consultant, Dr....

Thomas O. Fleming, Jr.,  is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Loyola Marymount University. He was appointed to his current position in 2003. Previously he had served as the acting Vice President for Business and Finance (since 2002) and prior to that as the University Controller (from 1996). Fleming obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in commerce from...

Robin Garrell, President at the Graduate Center at CUNY. Previously the 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...

Monroe Gorden, Jr.

Monroe Gorden, Jr., Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. Monroe began his professional relationship with University of California, Los Angeles in 2006 as the university’s Chief Administrative and Financial Officer. He held subsequent roles as ADA/504 Compliance Officer, and as both Assistant and Associate Vice Chancellor in Student Affairs. Continuing his service to Student...

Sharon B. Hamill, Professor of Psychology/Child and Adolescent Development and Academic Senate Chair, California State University, San Marcos, earned her Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine where she was a NIMH Pre-Doctoral Fellow.  She is a former Psychology Department Chair and Program Director for Child and Adolescent Development.  Her research...

Dr. Elizabeth L. Hillman is the 14th President of Mills College. When she arrived at Mills in 2016, she brought a passion for independent, student-centered education and gender and racial justice along with the grit, courage, and resolve to help Mills envision its future.

During her first year, the College articulated MillsNext, a new standard for accessible,...

J. Joseph Hoey, IV serves as Vice Provost for Academic Services at National University, with over 28 years of experience in accreditation, institutional effectiveness, planning, board governance, and assessment.  A native of San Diego, Joseph has participated in accreditation visits for multiple regional and international accreditors, guided research universities and focused...

Nicole J. Jones

Nicole J. Jones, Public Member, brings multisector leadership and experiences, having had a diverse career encompassing various higher education, philanthropy, nonprofit, government and board/commission appointments.  She currently is Senior Special Assistant at the State Controller's Office. Additionally, she recently served as a community college trustee involved in...

Ellen Junn, President, California State University, Stanislaus has served since 2016. Located in the more rural and agricultural Central Valley region of the state, Stan State serves a unique population as 75% of students are first-generation, 61% Pell-eligible undergraduates, 69% historically under-represented minorities, and 67% female.

Dr. Junn’s 35-year history with...

Richard Mahon

Richard Mahon, ACCJC representative, was educated at West Valley College and UC Santa Cruz. He holds a Ph.D. in History of Consciousness from UC Santa Cruz with specializations in history of ideas and political theory. After completing his doctorate, he taught at Deep Springs College, Diablo Valley College, West Valley College, Cabrillo College, and UC Santa Cruz before...

Mary B. Marcy is the President In Residence at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and President Emerita of Dominican University of California, where she served as President from 2011-2021. Mary B. Marcy’s nationally recognized research focuses on small college innovation and transformation. As demographic, financial and policy shifts make the future especially...

Leo Martinez

Leo P. Martinez is Dean Emeritus and Albert Abramson Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  He served as UC Hastings’ Academic Dean for twelve years, he served as the Acting Chancellor and Dean of the College in the 2009-10 academic year, and he served as UC Hastings Interim General Counsel.  He remains at UC Hastings in a...

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Leanne Neilson is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California Lutheran University. Previously, she served as Associate Provost overseeing graduate programs, accreditation, and assessment. She was a faculty member for 11 years at Cal Lutheran in the department of Psychology, and during that time served for six years as the Director of the...

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...

Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D., is a family man who resides in the Southern California area with his wife, Davida. Dr. Parham is the 11th president of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), a highly diverse, metropolitan university primarily serving the South Central and South Bay areas of Los Angeles County. Established in 1960, CSUDH is one of the 23 campuses that...

Mary Pedersen

Mary Pedersen, Provost and Executive Vice President since August 2020 at Colorado State University, a land-grant institution of higher education in Fort Collins, CO. Prior to this, Dr. Pedersen served in successive leadership roles at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, for more that 30 years including Interim Provost, Senior Vice Provost, Vice...

Susan Phillips

Susan D. Phillips, Public Member, is a Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership at the University at Albany/SUNY, where she also served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Strategic Partnerships.  She is also a Leadership Fellow at the SUNY SAIL Institute, and past chair of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and...

Dr. Judy K. Sakaki became Sonoma State University's seventh president on July 1, 2016. Sonoma State is one of 23 campuses within the California State University, the largest public university system in the country. She is the first Japanese-American woman in the nation to lead a four-year college or university.

Her career in higher education has been devoted to...

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...

Monique L. Snowden is the Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Enrollment and Student Success at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) and faculty in the Department of Communication. Dr. Snowden is a frequent writer and presenter on learner-centered strategic enrollment management (SEM) and the enrollment logics that guide higher education SEM practice. She was a...

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Thomas Stewart, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion  at National University System. Previously the President John F. Kennedy University, Dr. Stewart has been actively involved in education reform and innovation for nearly twenty years. He has co-founded and led more than twenty organizations within and across nonprofit, public, and for-...

Tracy Poon Tambascia, Vice Chair, is a Professor of Clinical Education in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Her areas of interest include international higher education, higher education policy, issues that affect the practice of student affairs, and minority student success in higher education. She teaches courses in the masters and...

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...

Shawn Whalen, Public Member, Program Director at the College Futures Foundation where he leads the development and implementation of the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy in student-centric practices. Shawn has extensive experience in higher education as both a faculty member and university administrator. Prior to joining the Foundation, he held the position of chief of staff...

Helen J.D. Whippy

Helen J D Whippy, PhD, is Emeritus Vice President of the University of Guam and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics of Chaminade University of Honolulu, both WSCUC institutions. She previously served as Provost at Chaminade and Senior Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Guam.  Dr. Whippy also served as Interim President of the University of Guam in...

Kim A. Wilcox, Chancellor, UC Riverside. As UC Riverside’s chief executive officer, Wilcox oversees a campus community of more than 24,000 students, 930 faculty members, and 4,800 academic and administrative staff members. 

During his tenure, UC Riverside has become the nation’s fastest rising university, and seen transformative growth across its education, research,...

Bob Wise

Bob Wise, Public Member. Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise recently completed 14 years as president of the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), a Washington, DC–based national nonprofit committed to improving the educational outcomes—and lives—of high school students, especially those underperforming and those historically underserved. All4Ed has become a...

Stephen Yandle

Stephen Yandle, Public Member, is Vice Dean Emeritus of the Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL), having served as the school’s Associate Dean 2009-2012, Acting Dean 2012-13, and Vice Dean 2013-15.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia.  He has served as Assistant Dean at the University of Virginia,...