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.

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. 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 leadership roles during her tenure...

Janna Bersi, Professor of Graduate Education in the College of Education, California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) was elected to the commission in 2014. 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...

Richard Bray was elected to the commission in 2012 as the Accrediting Commission for Schools WASC 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. In...

Linda 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. Key responsibilities include working with University leaders to implement the Pacific 2020 strategic plan, supporting academic planning, institutional effectiveness...

Ronald Carter is professor of biology and provost (2008-present) at Loma Linda University, and Executive Vice President for University Affairs for Loma Linda University Health, a position he assumed in 2016. He previously served as vice chancellor for academic affairs (2006-2008), dean of the University's School of Science and Technology (2003-2006), and accreditation liaison...

William Covino, 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. He returned to the CSU following eight years at Florida Atlantic University, where he chaired the...

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...

Reed Dasenbrock, Vice 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...

Bethami Dobkin, Ph.D. As the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Saint Mary's College of California, Dr. Bethami Dobkin oversees the operational management of the College, with specific responsibility for academic affairs, enrollment, student affairs, and technology. She has served as Provost since 2008. Since that time, Saint Mary's College (SMC) has been...

Phillip L. Doolittle serves as the Executive Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer for 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...

John 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). Earlier in his tenure at Stanford, Etchemendy served as senior...

Mildred García is president of California State University, Fullerton, the fourth largest university in the state, serving nearly 39,000 students and with an operating budget of almost half a billion dollars. Since her arrival in 2012, the University has seen a 20% improvement in six-year graduation rates and a significant drop in the achievement gap between underrepresented...

Erin S. Gore, Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo, is 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 chief financial...

Dianne 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...

Adrianna Kezar, Professor for Higher Education, University of Southern California and Co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education was elected to the commission in 2014. Dr. Kezar is a national expert of change, governance and leadership in higher education and her research agenda explores the change process in higher education institutions and the role of leadership...

William A. Ladusaw, Chair, is Professor of Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz.  He has previously served as Vice Provost, Dean of Humanities, Dean of Undergraduate Education/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...

Fernando León-García has served as President of CETYS University since 2010. 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...

Devorah 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). She has also previously served as the chair of the ACE...

Kay Llovio was appointed Associate Provost for Student Development at William Jessup University in 2013.  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...

Barry Ryan, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, International Technological UniversityDr. Ryan served as President and CEO of United States University in San Diego. A first generation college student, he earned a BA in History (magna cum laude) from Westmont College in Santa Barbara.  His next degree was a M.Div. from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena...

Sandra 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.

Prior to being named Chancellor, Serrano served six...

Thomas Stewart, Ph.D., 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, National Black Graduate Student Association, and...

Amy Supinger 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 served for over a...

Tomoko Takahashi currently serves as the 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...

Andrew Wallis is 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...

Jane Wellman is a Senior Advisor with the College Futures Foundation in San Francisco, California.   She is an expert in state and federal policy for higher education, with particular expertise in public budgeting, cost analysis and cost management, institutional governance and change management.  She is the founding director of the Delta Cost Project, a national effort to...

Leah 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. in comparative culture from the...