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:

  • 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 members were elected to the Appeals Committee 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 Policy and Accreditation Officer/ALO for MSKGI and Acting President, Minerva 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 40 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.

Jaffe Dickerson, Public Member has been advising individuals, employers, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions for over 45 years. For nearly 30 years, he was a specialist in labor and employment law with the highly respected national employment law firm Littler Mendelson, P.C. Jaffe has represented public and private sector clients in matters before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, with particular expertise in education and nonprofit corporation law. Besides his legal knowledge and experience, Jaffe is also a skilled investigator, counselor, and strategic planner. His expertise includes organizational diversity and inclusion, employment discrimination, and initiatives to develop and enhance revenue streams to empower educational, charitable and community organizations to reach their potential. Jaffe was an incorporator and has served as pro bono counsel for the Compton Unified School District Education Foundation since 2004. Jaffe Dickerson Legal and Consulting, P.C., provides strategic advising and legal counseling to employers, executives, nonprofits, and public and private educational entities. Based in California, the firm serves clients nationwide. Jaffe has advised and represented a wide variety of employers, including many Fortune 500 companies. He has also worked one-on-one with numerous executives as a coach and mentor to help them address career challenges and navigate barriers to individual success. Before joining Littler, Jaffe served as legal counsel for the California State University system. He has worked with over two dozen public and private university administrations and currently advises a number of higher education institutions and their affiliated nonprofit corporations. Jaffe has a keen interest in education law and in the science, business, and politics of education that are fundamental to institutional success at all levels. 

Jackie Donath, Academic Member is an emeritus faculty member at Sacramento State University. 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 at UC Irvine since March 1, 2000. In October 2017 he was appointed Vice Provost, Career Pathways, responsible for providing career services to UCI’s 36,000 students.  Dr. Matkin oversees the Division of Continuing Education which serves 35,000 enrollments per year. Dr. Matkin also oversees UCI’s open education initiative. 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..

Ted Radosevich, Public Member is a recently retired attorney, living in Oakland, California.  Prior to retirement, he was General Counsel and Assistant General Manager at the East Bay Regional Park District (“East Bay Parks”), where he served for 25 years as the chief legal officer.  East Bay Parks is nationally acknowledged as the premier regional park agency in the United States, operating some 65 parks across over 130,000 acres the San Francisco East Bay.  East Bay Parks has some 750 full time employees and an annual operating budget of over $130,000,000. In his role as General Counsel, Mr. Radosevich handled and supervised all aspect of legal issues confronting East Bay Parks, including land acquisition, environmental litigation, public contracts, compliance with municipal law and public process statutes, labor negotiations, insurance and liability. For the last 15 years of his tenure, he served as the Third Step Hearing officer on behalf of East Bay Parks in all disciplinary disputes within the organization, from general public employees (AFSCME Local 2428), to Police and Fire personnel, to management staff.  In this role as the final internal hearing officer before external arbitration or civil litigation, he held hearings in some 30 grievances.  His responsibility was to assure that all proper and timely steps were taken pursuant to written grievance and appeal processes, and to assure that any discipline or other actions imposed were both procedurally and substantively proper. Before his career at East Bay Parks, Mr. Radosevich was a partner at the San Francisco law firm of Landels, Ripely and Diamond where undertook a general civil law practice.  Prior to that, he worked for the United States Justice Department in Washington D.C. Mr. Radosevich graduated from U.C. Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa) with a degree in Political Science, focused on state and local government.  He received his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude.  Mr. Radosevich is a lifelong Californian and his lived in Oakland for the past 38 years. In retirement he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the John Muir Land Trust.


The Appeals Committee is a Commission Committee.