Special Advisors to the President
Andrea McAleenan, Ph.D.
Phone: (626) 815-5327
I am very excited to help expand our relationship networks, specifically through the development of an advisory board of strategic leaders. Working closely with the provost and deans, I cultivate new opportunities to promote the scholarly contributions and pursuits of APU faculty, staff, and students, while enhancing the university’s stature in the wider community regionally, nationally, and internationally. An additional part of my focus is reaching out to and strengthening our bonds with alums from our graduate programs through vision briefings and forums. As special advisor to the president, I pray God will open diverse paths to tell the Azusa Pacific story.
Andrea’s career spans work within higher education, K–12, and nonprofit sectors, including senior administrative positions at UCLA, Claremont Graduate University, Gordon College, University of Hawaii, Communities in Schools, and InterVarsity. In 2007, Andrea returned to APU, where she previously served as dean of instruction and chair of the graduate program in Student Developmental Services, now College Counseling and Student Development.
John S. Park, Ph.D.
Phone: (626) 815-5334
In the beginning of my career at APU, I was drawn in by the university’s motto, God First. This motto has unceasingly motivated and encouraged me to love the school’s mission for Kingdom ministry. I’ve found that for those of us at APU, whether we teach, serve, study, or support—be it at a local, national, or international level—we all strive for God First excellence in our Christian life. I pray that God’s name will be abundantly honored and glorified through me and the rest of the advancement team’s ministry.
In 1997, John began his teaching career as assistant professor in theology and ethics at APU, soon becoming the Asian Program director in the School of Theology. In 2001, he instituted the university’s Los Angeles Regional Center. After working as executive director for six years, he was asked to serve as special assistant to the president. He is also a scholar in 18th- and 19th-century German theology and ethics. Download CV (PDF)