Administration

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
    President
    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.

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

    Mark Stanton has been a faculty member at the university since 1990. He served as 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 the Handbook 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Don Davis, MBA
    Vice President/Chief Operations Officer
    University College

    Don Davis combines his role as UC’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 APU with a bachelor’s in information management systems and a master’s in business administration. He is also working on a doctorate at Pepperdine University focusing on educational technology.

  • Kurt Takamine, Ed.D.
    Vice President/Dean of Online Programs/
    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.