Board of Directors

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

    John Reynolds provides leadership for the administration of UC 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), and 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 lived in the United States for more than 20 years.

  • Jon R. Wallace, DBA
    Azusa Pacific University

    Prior to his appointment as the 16th president of 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 APU, 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 & Universities.

  • Nickolas 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 B.S. in Industrial Engineering from California State University, Long Beach, and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Executive Leadership Team

  • John C. Reynolds, Ph.D.
    Chancellor/Chief Executive Officer
    University College
  • Kurt Takamine, Ed.D.
    Vice President
    Chief Academic Officer
    University College

    A nearly 15-year veteran of higher education, Kurt Takamine was named UC’s vice president in August 2011. Takamine also serves as UC’s chief academic officer, providing strategic vision, leadership, and oversight of academic programs. Takamine holds a B.A. in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California; 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 APU; and an Ed.D. from Pepperdine University.

  • Frank Rojas, EMBA
    Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success
    University College

    With more than 15 years of experience in higher education enrollment management, Frank Rojas, EMBA, was named UC’s vice president in July 2015. Focusing on the recruitment and the student experience, Rojas provides strategic vision, leadership, and oversight of the enrollment and student success departments.

    Most recently, Rojas served as the vice president of enrollment management at National University. Other recent leadership positions in higher education included roles with Devry Education Group, Lincoln Educational Services in New Jersey, Academic Partnerships in Texas, and Whitney International University System in Texas.

    Rojas holds an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from DeVry University. Rojas, his wife, and their five children currently live in Riverside County.