About the President

Jon R. Wallace, DBA

Chosen as president on November 27, 2000, Jon R. Wallace, DBA, immediately began building upon the legacy of his predecessors and envisioning the next level of God-honoring excellence for Azusa Pacific University.

Strong leadership from President Wallace and the Board of Trustees led to the development of an efficient team focused on education and enrichment. Working alongside the Office of the Provost, he helped reorganize that area to propel the university’s goal to recruit, retain, and develop the highest quality faculty in every discipline. Wallace provided additional resources for incoming faculty members and the subsequent enrollment increase by overseeing the completion of the Duke Academic Complex, which houses the School of Theology and Stamps Theological Library, as well as Trinity Hall, accommodating 350 student residents. He led the acquisition of a 320-unit apartment complex, now called University Village. This addition alleviated university housing challenges and allows for intentional community building.

May 2009 marked the opening of the most fiscally significant project in university history—the new $54 million Segerstrom Science Center. The 72,000-square-foot, three-story facility enables the university to further advance its impact in research and development in the areas of math, science, and advanced technology, while equipping the next generation of doctors, teachers, geneticists, engineers, nurses, dentists, physical therapists, and scientists to apply APU’s signature brand of Christian leadership in a field at times filled with ethical and moral ambiguity.

In 2012, through a generous gift, the university launched the L.P. and Timothy Leung School of Accounting within the School of Business and Management. The school offers accounting programs focused on career preparation and designed to answer the challenges of a rapidly changing marketplace in vital need of qualified, Christian professionals. Summer 2012 brought the opening of the Dillon Recreation Complex, a new outdoor recreation area featuring a synthetic turf field for football practices and APU’s thriving intramurals program, as well as a full basketball court and two sand volleyball courts.

Focused on developing a highly qualified faculty; maintaining academic quality and transformational scholarship; integrating faith and learning; ensuring academic and institutional service and support; cultivating future and innovative educational initiatives; committing to responsible stewardship, diversity, and globalization; and implementing a comprehensive capital campaign, Wallace’s vision for the next decade encompasses both the detailed steps and the innovative ideas necessary to continue APU’s growth and success.

A sought-after speaker, Wallace attends Baseline Community Church, where he has served as an elder. He enjoys cooking, outdoor exercise, and family time. His wife, Gail, teaches courses in adult development and ethical issues in health care. She holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education Leadership. They have three adult children, David, Matt, and Kate, and one grandchild.

B.A., Azusa Pacific University
MBA, Azusa Pacific University
DBA, United States International University
Postgrad Study, Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management

Professional Affiliations
American Association of Higher Education
Council of Independent Colleges
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities