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Board of Directors

John Reynolds

John C. Reynolds, Ph.D.
Chancellor/Chief Executive Officer, Azusa Pacific Online University

APOU’s chancellor/chief executive officer, John Reynolds provides leadership for the administration of APOU and its strategic initiatives. Reynolds earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science and information systems, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education at APU. He also serves as an adjunct professor, teaching his research interests of leadership, organizational effectiveness, change management, and strategic thinking.

In addition to his years of experience in higher education, Reynolds has worked in the mining industry and as the global CIO for World Vision International, a large private international relief organization (1991–2000). A regular speaker at national conferences throughout the world, he has also consulted in more than 40 countries and traveled to more than 80 countries to speak, consult, and advise national NGO leaders. He serves on several nonprofit and educational boards, including African Enterprise (USA), LCC International University (Lithuania), Cornerstone Christian College (South Africa), Azusa Pacific International (South Africa), LCC Charity (USA), and is an elder at Glenkirk Presbyterian Church in Glendora, California. Originally from South Africa, Reynolds, his wife, Carole, and their two adult sons have now lived in the United States for more than 20 years.

Jon Wallace

Jon R. Wallace, DBA
President, Azusa Pacific University

Prior to his appointment as the 16th president of Azusa Pacific University (APU), Jon Wallace served as APU’s executive vice president, and held other administrative positions at the university. From 1993 to 1995, he arranged a sabbatical leave to serve as pastor of adult ministries, small groups, and strategic planning at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois.

Wallace holds a B.A. from Azusa Pacific University, a DBA from United States International University, and a postdoctoral certificate from Harvard University. His professional affiliations include the American Association of Higher Education, Council of Independent Colleges, Association of Christians in Student Development, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

Mark StantonMark Stanton, Ph.D., ABPP
Provost, Azusa Pacific University

Acting provost at Azusa Pacific University (APU), Mark Stanton has been a faculty member at the university since 1990. He has served as department chair of the Department of Graduate Psychology for more than 15 years, and, more recently, as dean of the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences.

Stanton identifies himself as a family psychologist, adopting an understanding of human behavior that recognizes the importance of individual, interpersonal, and environmental factors. He was the 2005 president of the Society of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association and editor of The Family Psychologist (2002–07). A licensed psychologist in the state of California and board certified in couple and family psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology (an internationally recognized post-doctoral board covering specialties in psychology), Stanton holds a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary’s Graduate School of Psychology, an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary’s Graduate School of Theology, and a B.A. from Hope International University.

Stanton was recently elected to serve as president of the American Board of Couple and Family Psychology (2011–13), a constituent board of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is co-editor of theHandbook of Family Psychology (with James Bray; 2009), a 54-chapter comprehensive overview of the specialty of family psychology, and author of articles and chapters on the systemic treatment of substance abuse, the epistemology of family psychology, graduate education in family psychology, and personality-guided couple therapy. In 2007, he was recognized as the Family Psychologist of the Year by the Society of Family Psychology.

Peggy CampbellPeggy Campbell
President, Ambassador Advertising Agency

Peggy Campbell has been with Ambassador Advertising Agency since 1977, initially joining the team to serve in the launching of Chuck Swindoll’s daily radio broadcast. A member of the National Religious Broadcasters board, she serves as the organization’s treasurer, and has previously served on the board of MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers). Campbell is a graduate of Biola University. Her late husband, Jon, served on the Azusa Pacific University board until he passed away in June 2005. Campbell’s home church is St. Andrew’s Presbyterian in Newport Beach.

Michael D. LizarragaMichael D. Lizarraga
President/CEO, TELACU Industries

As president and chief executive officer of TELACU Industries and its subsidiaries, Michael Lizarraga is responsible for the day-to-day operations of a $600-million community development corporation, which owns and manages businesses in traditionally underserved communities of Southern California. In this capacity, he oversees TELACU’s business and operational activities in the fields of real estate development, financial services, construction, construction management, and other industries. Lizarraga also plays a major role in business development, governmental relations, and strategic planning for the company.

Nickolas W. Vande SteegNickolas W. Vande Steeg, MBA
Retired Executive VP & COO, Parker Hannifin Corporation

Nickolas Vande Steeg is the retired executive vice president and COO of Parker Hannifin Corporation, a Fortune 200 company with 48,000 employees worldwide and revenues of some $6.5 billion. All of the company’s operations came under his care, but he also oversaw human resources and development. Vande Steeg was in charge of the corporation’s Latin American and Asian operations. He began with the company in 1971, and was elected to Parker’s Board of Directors in 2004. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from CSU Long Beach, and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Executive Leadership Team

John Reynolds

John C. Reynolds, Ph.D.
Chancellor/Chief Executive Officer

APOU’s chancellor/chief executive officer, John Reynolds provides leadership for the administration of APOU and its strategic initiatives. Reynolds earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science and information systems, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education at APU. He also serves as an adjunct professor, teaching his research interests of leadership, organizational effectiveness, change management, and strategic thinking.

In addition to his years of experience in higher education, Reynolds has worked in the mining industry and as the global CIO for World Vision International, a large private international relief organization (1991–2000). A regular speaker at national conferences throughout the world, he has also consulted in more than 40 countries and traveled to more than 80 countries to speak, consult, and advise national NGO leaders. He serves on several nonprofit and educational boards, including African Enterprise (USA), LCC International University (Lithuania), Cornerstone Christian College (South Africa), Azusa Pacific International (South Africa), LCC Charity (USA), and is an elder at Glenkirk Presbyterian Church in Glendora, California. Originally from South Africa, Reynolds, his wife, Carole, and their two adult sons have now lived in the United States for more than 20 years.

Deana PorterfieldDeana L. Porterfield, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President

As executive vice president for APOU, Deana Porterfield provides organizational leadership to advance the values, ethos, and culture of APOU, and strategic vision for enrollment and retention efforts. She also serves as acting CEO in the traveling absence of Reynolds.

Porterfield most recently served as the senior vice president for people and organizational development at Azusa Pacific University. In this role, Porterfield provided leadership for the implementation of all human resources and organizational development initiatives at APU. She previously served as APU’s chief of staff and, prior to that, vice president of enrollment management. Porterfield earned a B.A. in music education and M.A. in organizational management from APU. She holds an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne. Her dissertation research focused on the successful attainment of female presidents in Christian colleges. She lives in Upland, California, with her husband and two daughters.

Don DavisDon Davis, MBA
Chief Operations Officer/Vice President

Don Davis combines his role as APOU’s chief operations officer and vice president with his position as the associate vice president of information and media technology and chief information officer at Azusa Pacific University. Davis graduated from Azusa Pacific with a bachelor’s in information management systems and a master’s in business administration. He is also currently working on a doctorate at Pepperdine University focusing on educational technology.

Kurt Takamine

Kurt Takamine, Ed.D.
Chief Academic Officer/Vice President

A 12-year veteran of higher education, Dr. Kurt Takamine was named APOU’s chief academic officer in August 2011. Takamine serves as APOU’s chief academic officer and vice president providing strategic vision, leadership, and oversight of academic programs. Takamine holds a B.A. in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles; a B.A. in Biology and an M.Sc. in Environmental and Occupational Health from California State University, Northridge; an M.A. in Theology and Ethics from Azusa Pacific University; and an Ed.D. from Pepperdine University.

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