Azusa Pacific University President Jon R. Wallace, DBA, announced the selection of La Verne resident Jennifer E. Walsh, Ph.D., as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), following a six-month, nationwide search. She begins her role on June 1.

“As the steward of the liberal arts and sciences legacy, Dr. Walsh stands uniquely prepared and equipped to author the next chapter of CLAS’ rich contribution to our academy,” said Wallace. “Spend just a few minutes with her and you will catch her enthusiasm for the liberal arts and sciences and their power to mold students into well-rounded, well-informed global citizens with a wide skill set. Done with a focus on building character and aptitude, Dr. Walsh embraces the responsibility to support emerging and seasoned Christian scholars to influence and shape culture and inform public debate.”

As dean, Walsh will oversee the college’s nine departments and seven special programs, centers, and institutes. She will lead more than 130 full-time faculty members who enable CLAS to offer a wide array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs and to provide the majority of courses supporting APU’s General Education program.

“I am committed to advocating for faculty in the liberal arts and sciences who are charged with educating a new generation of disciples and scholars who can read, write, think, and reason well; who demonstrate integrity in problem solving and decision making; and who are virtuous citizens capable of contributing to the common good,” said Walsh. “As the landscape of higher education changes, I am excited to help our college demonstrate the current relevancy and timeless value of a Christian education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences.”

Prior to Azusa Pacific, Walsh taught at California State University, Los Angeles, the University of La Verne, and Chaffey College. Her decade of service at APU includes extensive teaching and administration, including five years as director of the Common Day of Learning. Named associate dean of CLAS in 2011, she holds significant responsibility over academic and fiscal affairs. A public policy authority, she is one of the original investigators of the California three strikes sentencing law. Her research agenda now includes the influence of affirmative action policies on presidential Supreme Court appointments and the impact of land use policies on freedom of religion in the U.S. and China.

“Dr. Walsh is an articulate advocate for the liberal arts and sciences,” said Mark Stanton, Ph.D., provost. “A strategic thinker, she has a clear vision for innovation that will advance our mission and meet the challenges of Christian higher education ahead. She has an impressive record of creative leadership, relevant scholarship, and demonstrated commitment to faith integration.”

Walsh earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University.