Office of the President

  • Paul W. Ferguson, Ph.D., DABT


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

  • Andrew Barton, Ed.D.

    Senior Advisor to the President, Chief of Staff

    In his role, Dr. Barton provides direct support to President Ferguson through execution of a broad range of strategic, university-wide initiatives. He also serves as the primary interface between the administration and the Board of Trustees. Dr. Barton previously served in university and human services organizations in the U.S. and England.

  • Daren Bachman, M.A.

    Director of Events, Office of the President

    Mr. Bachman brings extensive programming and event experience in university, church, and nonprofit ministry settings to his role supporting the Office of the President, Board of Trustees, and other university initiatives. He thrives on creating opportunities for people to connect, learn, and celebrate life to the fullest.

  • Teri Griffith, M.Ed.

    Executive Assistant, Office of the President

    Ms. Griffith manages the daily operations of the Office of the President and coordinates the campus engagement of President Ferguson and Dr. Barton. She also provides organizational support to the President’s Cabinet and Board of Trustees. Ms. Griffith has 14 years of experience working in higher education.