Appeals Committee

An institution that receives notice of an adverse action (as defined below) from the WASC Senior College and University Commission may, upon written request, appeal the action prior to the action becoming final. Upon such written request, the Commission shall provide for an appeal process before an appeals panel, pursuant to the Institutional Appeals Policy

The Commission defines the following Commission actions as adverse and provides an appeal right to institutions facing such actions:

  • Denial or termination of candidacy status.
  • Denial or termination of initial or continued accreditation, except where the Commission denies an early action for accreditation and continues candidate status.

The Appeals Committee

The following nine members were elected to the Appeals Committee in November 2016 to serve a 3-year term: 

 
Bernard Bowler, Public Member is a retired executive and corporate and nonprofit board member. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University, Mr. Bowler held the following positions: Officer in the United States Air Force for five years, a manager for Pacific Telephone Company and a 32-year career as an executive with IBM. He has served on several corporate boards as a director, including US Bank of California, Sutter Health (Central Division), and the Sacramento Metro Chamber (Chairman). He served on the Sacramento State University Trust Foundation Board as Chairman. Mr. Bowler was a member of the Sacramento County Grand Jury and selected by the Judge to be the Foreman. He served as a Commissioner on the WASC Senior Colleges Accreditation Commission from 2005-2011 and was Chair of the Audit Committee. He recently completed an appointment on the Sacramento County Civil Service commission (2007-2013). He also has served on the St. Anthony Parish Finance Council (2001-2012) and is currently serving on the Sacramento Diocese SUCCEED school Board.

Teri Cannon, Administrator Member serves as Chief Student Affairs, Operations and Accreditation Officer for Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute. Prior to joining Minerva in 2012, she was a higher education consultant, working with universities and law schools on issues related to innovation, accreditation, student achievement, and organizational change and development.  Also a lawyer, Ms. Cannon has more than 35 years in higher education – working in both law and undergraduate education and in both public and private institutions.  She served as Executive Vice President of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission and was dean of two small California law schools and associate dean at a major public university. Active in accreditation work for multiple accrediting agencies as both a peer reviewer and leader since the 1970s, she is also a lawyer and author of two textbooks on legal ethics. She has served on several governing boards and accrediting commissions and has written and spoken widely on issues related to accreditation, the changing landscape of higher education, legal ethics, access to legal services, and diversity in the legal profession and the academy. Ms. Cannon holds an undergraduate degree from UCLA and a law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

Kristine Chase, Academic Member is a Professor of Economics in the Graduate Business Programs at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga. Her teaching and research focus is on banking and monetary policy, as well as the economics of higher education. At Saint Mary's since 1985, she has served as Economics Department chair, Business School dean, and CFO/VP for Administration. She was the founding director of the Center for the Regional Economy at Saint Mary's. Since 2000, Ms. Chase has served as the financial and governance specialist on numerous WASC accreditation teams; she has also served on the WASC Eligibility, Interim Review and Financial Review committees. Her experience includes service as Trustee of the Contra Costa Community College District, and she is currently on the board of Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay, where she chairs the Finance and Administration Committee. Ms. Chase received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from UC-Davis, and her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Jackie Donath, Academic Member has been on the faculty of Sacramento State University since 1991. She is a professor of Humanities and Religious Studies with course responsibilities in American culture. She has published a number of essays on American arts and was a contributor to a volume on teaching multiculturalism. In addition to her teaching, Ms. Donath has served her campus as the faculty coordinator for General Education; was the chair of a project to develop a university portfolio in conjunction with Portland State University and IUPUI; and acted as the principal researcher and chair of the campus WASC reaccreditation process. Ms. Donath was elected to the WASC Commission in 2007 as the Commission’s first faculty representative. While a WASC Commissioner, Ms. Donath was the assistant chair of several reaccreditation teams, a member of the Handbook Revision Steering Committee, and after serving as vice-chair, became chair of the Policy and Planning Committee.

Harold Hewitt, Jr., Administrator Member Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Chapman University, joined the Commission in 2009. Prior to accepting his position at Chapman, he served for two years as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. He has also served in senior financial officer positions at Occidental College and Whittier College. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at The Claremont Graduate University. He has been active in higher education professional associations, including serving on the Small Institutions Council of the National Association of College and university Business Officers (NACUBO), participating on several NACUBO task forces and committees, and serving on the Professional Development Committee of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO). He has also participated on nine WASC visiting teams and has served as co-chair of the Substantive Change Committee.

Barbara Karlin, Administrator Member was appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs at Golden Gate University (GGU) in 2002. She has been with the university since 1983, when she started as an adjunct professor. Her positions at GGU have included Associate Dean and then Dean of the School of Taxation, as well as Dean of the Ageno School of Business. Barbara has written and presented extensively on the subject of tax research and is the author of the textbook entitled Tax Research published by Prentice Hall.

Gary W. Matkin, Academic Member has served as Dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning and Summer Session at UC Irvine since March 1, 2000. Dr. Matkin oversees University Extension, Summer Session, and the UCI Distance Learning Center, which provides centralized services to UCI units interested in offering open and online programs. Dr. Matkin also oversees UCI’s open education initiative. Prior to becoming dean at UCI, Dr. Matkin was associate dean of University Extension at UC Berkeley, where he was responsible for instructional technology initiatives, including online courses and various technology-assisted distance education programs. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of San Francisco, an MBA and Ph.D. in Education from UC Berkeley, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Leanne Neilson, Administrator Member is in her sixth year as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California Lutheran University. This followed four years as an Associate Provost working with graduate programs, accreditation and assessment, and 11 years as a faculty member at CLU in Psychology. As Provost, she oversees CLU’s academic programs, Information Systems and Services, Institutional Research, Educational Effectiveness, and Academic Services. As CLU’s WASC Accreditation Liaison Officer from 2004-2008, she led the university through its re-accreditation process. Dr. Neilson has participated in five WASC team visits and served on the WASC Substantive Change Committee from 2007-2012. She completed her doctorate at Pepperdine University and is a licensed psychologist.

Joseph W. Watson, Public Member In 2007, Mr. Watson retired from the University of California as Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Professor of Chemistry. Mr. Watson joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) as an assistant professor of chemistry in 1966. In 1970, Mr. Watson was named the founding provost of Third College (now named Thurgood Marshall College) and served for 11 years. He served as UCSD’s Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs from 1981 until his retirement in 2007. He has served on a number of statewide organizations, including the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) (1985-1989) and the California Student Aid Commission (Chair 1990-1992 and 1999-2001). Since 2005, he has served on the Board of Directors of the College Access Foundation of California. Mr. Watson obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the City College of New York in 1961 and his doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1966. He also pursued postdoctoral studies at UCLA. He attended the Harvard University Institute of Educational Management-Executive Development Program in 1983.