John A. Nunes, PhD

University Leadership

President and CEO

John Nunes, PhD

Board of Regents

The Board of Regents is the governing body of the University. Its members meet four times per year to evaluate, discuss, and impact positive change within the University to further its mission and strategic plan. Learn more about current members of our Board of Regents »


The Convocation is a group of 85 people intended to serve as a link between the University, the Church and the greater community. It is made up of members of the five Synods of Region II of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, members of the six Synods of Region I of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, faculty, students, the University president, and members-at-large. The Convocation meets once annually, typically in the fall, to conduct official business and ratify the University's Board of Regents. Learn more about our Convocation and its members »

Administrative Leadership/Cabinet

  • Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs: Leanne Neilson, PsyD
  • Vice President for University Advancement: Regina Biddings-Muro, EdD
  • Vice President for Administration and Finance: Rick Ysasi
  • Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students: Melinda Roper, EdD
  • Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success: Matthew Ward, PhD
  • General Counsel: Marvin E. Richards, Jr., JD
  • Associate Vice President for Mission and Identity: Colleen Windham-Hughes, PhD, MDiv

Academic Leadership

  • Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences: Timothy C. Hengst, MA
  • Dean of the School of Management: Gerhard Apfelthaler, PhD
  • Dean of the Graduate School of Education: Michael Hillis, PhD
  • Dean of the Graduate School of Psychology: Rick Holigrocki, PhD
  • Dean of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary: Rev. Alicia Vargas, PhD
  • Dean of the School for Professional and Continuing Studies: Lisa Buono, EdD
  • Chair of the Faculty Senate: Michael Hart, DMA


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