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.

Jeff Armstrong

Jeffrey ArmstrongJeffrey 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.

Richard Bray

Richard BrayRichard Bray was elected to the commission in 2012 as the the WASC Accrediting Commission for Schools representative to our board. He served as superintendent of the Tustin Unified School District from 2006-2011, after working as superintendent of the Hesperia Unified School District in San Bernardino County for 12 years and Soledad Union School District in Monterey for two.

Linda Buckley

Linda BuckleyLinda Buckley, Chief Planning Officer, University of the Pacific. As Chief Planning Officer Dr. Buckley supports the president, provost, and executive team on matters of strategy and tactical operations planning.

Ronald L. Carter

Ronald L. CarterRonald L. Carter, provost and professor of biology at Loma Linda University, joined the Commission in 2012. He came to Loma Linda in 1989 to teach in the Department of Natural Sciences, where he later became the Chair. In May 2005, he became the founding Dean of the newly established School of Science & Technology; in August 2006, he was selected to be the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; and in December 2008 he was appointed to the position of Provost.

William Covino

William CovinoWilliam Covino, recently named President of 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.

Christopher T. Cross

Christopher Cross is Chairman of Cross & Joftus, LLC, a consulting firm that works with education leaders on evaluation, strategic planning, policy analysis and development, and school and district improvement.  Cross also serves as a consultant to the Broad Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Previously, he was a senior fellow with the Center for Education Policy and a distinguished senior fellow with the Education Commission of the States.

Reed Dasenbrock

Reed DasenbrockReed Dasenbrock, Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, 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.

John Etchemendy

John EtchemendyJohn Etchemendy, Provost at Stanford University, joined the Commission in 2012. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy at Stanford since 1983. He is also a faculty member of the Symbolic Systems Program and a senior researcher at the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI).

Dianne F. Harrison

Dianne F. HarrisonDianne F. Harrison began her appointment as president of California State University, Northridge in June 2012; the same month that she joined the WASC Commission. She served as president of California State University, Monterey Bay from 2006-2012 and for nearly 30 years worked at Florida State University, where she began as a faculty member and served in various administrative leadership roles, including vice president for academic quality and external programs.

Harold Hewitt

Harold HewittHarold Hewitt, Jr., Chair, 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.

Michael L. Jackson

Michael L. Jackson joined the Commission in 2008. He was appointed vice president for Student Affairs at the University of Southern California in June 1995. He is responsible for providing leadership for the Division of Student affairs and its comprehensive student life program for 32,000 students and 300 professional and support staff.

Barbara Karlin

Barbara Karlin joined the Commission in 2010 and is Vice President of Academic Affairs at Golden Gate University, a position she has held since 2002.  Prior to that, she served as Dean of the Schools of Business and Taxation at Golden Gate and a professor of taxation.  Karlin is an active member of several key committees at the Golden Gate University and received the Outstanding Service award, se

Margaret Kasimatis

Margaret KasimatisMargaret Kasimatis was elected to the Commission in 2010.  She currently serves as Associate Provost for Strategic Planning & Educational Effectiveness at Loyola Marymount University and holds a faculty appointment in the Psychology Department.  She has held faculty positions at Hope College and Harvey Mudd College, where she also served as Director of Assessment.  More recently, she served as Executive D

Linda Katehi

Linda KatehiLinda Katehi, Chancellor, UC Davis. Linda Katehi became the sixth chancellor of the University of California, Davis, on August 17, 2009. As chief executive officer, she oversees all aspects of the university's teaching, research and public service mission. Chancellor Katehi also holds UC Davis faculty appointments in electrical and computer engineering and in women and gender studies.

William A. Ladusaw

William A. LadusawWilliam A. Ladusaw, Vice Chair, is Dean of Humanities and Professor of Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz.  He had previously served as Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education (and Accreditation Liaison Officer) and as the Provost (faculty head) of Cowell College, UCSC's founding residential college.  Before joining the UCSC faculty in 1984, he held faculty positions at UCLA and the University of Iowa. 

Devorah Lieberman

Devorah LiebermanDevorah Lieberman began her tenure as the President of University of La Verne in July 2011 and was elected to the Commission in 2012. She previously served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Wagner College (NY) and as Vice Provost and Special Assistant to the President at Portland State University (OR).

Julia Lopez

Julia LopezJulia Lopez began serving as the President and CEO of College Access Foundation of California in November 2008 and was elected to the Commission in 2009. Before joining College Access Foundation, she served as Senior Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Stephen Privett, S.J

Stephen Privett, S.J was named President of the University of San Francisco in 2000 and joined the Commission in 2010.  He entered the Society of Jesus in 1960 and is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley and Gonzaga University.

Barry Ryan

Barry RyanBarry Ryan, President & CEO, West Coast University. Dr. Ryan has had a diverse career in higher education, serving as a faculty member and senior administrator. For over a decade he taught in both public and private university settings. Dr. Ryan has been tenured in two disciplines and has received numerous awards for outstanding and innovative teaching. Published in both the U.S. and Europe, Dr.

Sharon Salinger

Sharon Salinger joined the commission in 2010 and is Dean of Undergraduate Education and Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine.  Prior to accepting this position, she served as Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs and Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside, where she received the Distinguished Teaching Award.  She holds an A.B., M.A. and Ph.D.

Sandra Serrano

Sandra V. SerranoSandra V. SerranoSandra V. Serrano is Chancellor of Kern Community College District, a position she's held since July, 2004. 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.

Ramon Torrecilha

Ramon Torrecilha, elected to the Commission in 2010, is Professor of Sociology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He previously served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at CSU-Dominguez Hills.

Jane Wellman

Jane WellmanJane Wellman is an independent policy analyst specializing in public policy and postsecondary education in the United States. She is an expert in state and federal policy for higher education, with particular expertise in changing finances, cost analysis and cost management, institutional governance and change management.

Leah Williams

Leah WilliamsLeah Williams, was elected to the Commission in 2012 as a public member. She is currently General Counsel at WestEd, a non-partisan, non-profit, research, development and service agency that works with educational and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. She holds a B.A.