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...

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...

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...

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. Senior Vice President of Academic 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. Enriquez is a staunch...

Thomas O Fleming, Jr., Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Loyola Marymount University. He was appointed to his current position in 2003. Previously he had 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 Washington and...

Dr. Gregory A. Franklin, ACS Representative, has been serving as superintendent of the Tustin Unified School District since July 1, 2011.  Dr. Franklin is passionate about preparing all students to succeed in the global workforce through rigorous and engaging instruction, real-world applications, and the integration of technology.  Among his accomplishments, Dr. Franklin was...

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...

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, earned her Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine where she was a NIMH Pre-Doctoral Fellow.  She is a Professor of Developmental Psychology and Faculty Director of the CSU Institute for Palliative Care at California State University, San Marcos; she is a former Psychology Department Chair and Program Director for Child and...

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...

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...

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...

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 Marcy, President, Dominican University of California, since 2011, Mary B. Marcy’s nationally recognized research focuses on small college innovation and transformation. As demographic, financial and policy shifts make the future especially unpredictable for small colleges across the country, Marcy has published and presented extensively on issues of leadership and...

Leo Martinez

Leo P. Martinez holds the Albert Abramson Professor of Law Chair 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 is currently serving as the UC Hastings Interim General Counsel....

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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...

Mary Pedersen

Mary Pedersen, Ph.D., currently serves as the Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Prior to this she served for seven years as the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Associate Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Planning, working on university strategic planning, accreditation, program review and...

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...

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 Provost & Senior Vice President at Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Snowden provides strategic leadership and support for the university in the application of strategic planning; operational performance monitoring, assessment, and improvement; project management; and change management. Her administrative oversight includes academic technology,...

Thomas Stewart, Ph.D., President John F. Kennedy University, 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-profit sectors, including Patten University, Black Alliance for Educational Options, SEED Public Charter School of Washington (DC...

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...

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,...