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.

Lande Ajose, Public Member, is the Executive Director of California Competes: Higher Education for a Strong Economy. An expert in urban labor markets and higher education policy, Lande advocates for bold yet pragmatic policy improvements to equitably boost California’s postsecondary degree attainment. Over her career, she has examined education and employment issues from every...

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,...

Linda Buckley, Vice Chair, PhD, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, California Northstate University; Prior to that appointment, she served as Chief Planning Officer at University of the Pacific for four years.  From 2006 – 2014 she was Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at San Francisco State University and Interim Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

Dr. Gregory A. Franklin 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 named California and...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

Barry Ryan, President and CEO, Sofia University.  He earned his BA in History (magna cum laude) from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, followed by an M.Div. from Fuller Seminary, Pasadena.  While there, he was encouraged to pursue doctoral studies, which he did at the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning a Ph.D. "with distinction.”  His doctoral research at the...

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., John F. Kennedy Online 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,...

Jennifer Summit joined SF State as the Dean of Undergraduate Studies in 2013.  She led the creation of the new Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning, which includes general education, writing in the disciplines and writing across the curriculum, student academic support and advising, curriculum development, student learning assessment, the Metro College...

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...

Dr. Tracy Poon Tambascia 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 doctoral...

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...