President’s Cabinet

The President’s Cabinet is accountable for the leadership and management of the university.

  • Paul W. Ferguson, PhD, DABT


    Prior to his role as APU’s 17th president, Ferguson served as the founding dean of the School of Science, Technology, and Health at Biola University and held leadership roles at five universities, including as president of Ball State University and president of the University of Maine.

  • Rukshan Fernando, PhD


    Fernando provides strategic leadership as the university’s chief academic officer. Prior to this role, he was interim dean of the APU School of Business and Management and associate dean and professor in the APU School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, along with faculty and other administrative roles at APU and Taylor University.

  • Alanna Cajthaml, MBA

    Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Finance and Business Strategy

    With experience in budget, financial planning, and analysis in higher education institutions, Cajthaml provides leadership to the finance and business functions of the university, along with strategic direction for future financial sustainability.

  • Andrew Barton, EdD

    Vice President for Strategic Planning and Mission Integration, Chief of Staff

    Barton provides executive leadership and oversight to the University Strategic Plan, alongside executive-level engagement with the President and University Board of Trustees on issues of strategy and mission. He ensures the successful design, integration, implementation, and assessment of the University Strategic Plan, consistent with APU’s Vision and Mission, in collaboration with University administration, faculty, and staff. Barton most recently served as Senior Advisor to the President and Chief of Staff, with previous experience in university and human services organizations in the U.S. and England.

  • Don Davis, EdD

    Vice President for Administration,
    Chief Information Officer

    Davis oversees the teams that provide leadership for the digital and physical infrastructure of APU. Prior to this role, Davis held various leadership roles in educational and religious nonprofit organizations.

  • Keith E. Hall, EdD

    Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer

    Hall provides strategic leadership and partnership to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts aimed at cultivating a university climate that promotes engagement and belonging for the diverse demography of faculty, staff, and students at APU. Prior to this role, Hall served in a number of roles at both public and private higher education institutions in Tennessee and California.

  • Corbin Hoornbeek, MA

    Vice President for University Advancement

    Hoornbeek provides leadership for the university’s fundraising activities and programs. He has served in fundraising leadership roles in Christian higher education and in world missions organizations for more than 25 years.

  • Chris Jennings, JD

    Vice President for University Integrity and General Counsel

    Jennings supports the university’s mission by representing and advising the board and administration on a broad range of legal matters. Prior to joining APU in 2011, Jennings spent nearly a decade in private practice, litigating on behalf of major multinational corporations in a wide variety of industries. He also teaches constitutional law in APU’s prelaw program.

  • Paola Martinez

    Vice President for Human Resources

    In her role, Martinez promotes a Christ-centered work environment. Prior to joining APU, she spent 20 years in national and regional human resource leadership in employee relations, performance management, organizational design, and change management initiatives.

  • Heather Petridis, PhD

    Vice President for Enrollment Management, Chief Enrollment Officer

    With more than 25 years of experience spanning both private and for-profit education, Petridis provides strategic leadership and direction for the division of enrollment management. She teaches in doctoral-level higher education leadership programs and was the founding vice president for the offices of Military and Veteran Services and Graduate Student Affairs at Azusa Pacific.

  • Gary Pine, MBA

    Director of Athletics

    Pine oversees APU’s 19-sport, nationally-recognized athletics program that competes in NCAA Division II and the Pacific West Conference, and provides leadership on several NCAA and PacWest committees. Prior to returning to APU, his alma mater, more than 25 years ago, Pine served at USC and the Big West Conference.

  • Shino Simons, PhD

    Vice President for Student Affairs

    Simons provides strategic leadership and vision to all co-curricular and extracurricular efforts contributing to the holistic development of all students, particularly in the areas of spiritual formation, student engagement, and student wellness. Her two decades of increasing leadership experience includes positions in residence life, judicial affairs, and Title IX, among other various roles and responsibilities.

  • Maureen A. Taylor, MA

    Vice President for Strategic Communication and Engagement

    With nearly three decades of higher education experience in communication and advocacy, Taylor leads the Division of Strategic Communication and Engagement. She oversees the university’s internal and external communication and engagement strategies with all APU constituencies. These communication and engagement endeavors advance Renewal, APU’s Strategic Plan and its Grand Initiatives to strengthen the APU Community and expand the university’s image and reputation as the nation’s premier Christian university for our culture and times. Taylor shapes the university’s messaging across communication channels and drives engagement opportunities to underscore the university’s contribution to its city, region, state, and nation in pursuit of Kingdom and social good.

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