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Board of Regents

The 40 member Board of Regents is the legal governing body and chief policy board of the University. Life regents are recognized and honored for their extraordinary service as past regents. The University administration works with the Board of Regents to shape policy and direction for the University. The leadership provided by these distinguished and committed men and women is greatly valued. 

James A. Gash, JD '93
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pepperdine University

Edwin L. Biggers
President (Retired)
Hughes Missile Group

M. Brett Biggs
Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer
Walmart Inc.

Sheila K. Bost
Marriage and Family Therapist
Private Practice

Charles L. Branch, Jr.
Professor of Neurosurgery
Wake Forest University Health Center

Dale A. Brown, '64
Principal
Moriah Group, Petroleum Strategies

Janice R. Brown
Circuit Judge (Retired)
United States Court of Appeals
for the DC Circuit

Jose A. Collazo, MBA '77
Vice Chair and President (Retired)
Form I-9 Compliance, LLC

Nancy M. De Liban
Executive Vice President
Athene Asset Management, L.P.

Shelle Ensio
Engineer (Retired)

Terry M. Giles, JD '74 (Vice Chair)
President and Owner
Giles Enterprises

Seth A. Haye, '02
Executive Director
Portfolio Management Director
Morgan Stanley

Michelle R. Hiepler, JD '89 (Assistant Secretary)
Partner
Law Offices of Hiepler & Hiepler

Gail E. Hopkins, '66, MA '74
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Peter J. Johnson, Jr.
President
Leahey & Johnson, P.C.

John D. Katch, '60
District Manager (Retired)
Southern California Edison Company

Dennis S. Lewis, '65
President and Owner
Chesapeake Holding Company, LLC

John T. Lewis, '83
President
Eugene Lewis & Associates

Kimberly J. Lindley
Community Leader

Faye W. McClure, '78
President and Chief Executive Officer
Urban Advantage Insurance Services

Michael T. Okabayashi
Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

T. Danny Phillips
Investments/Ranching

Timothy C. Phillips, '87 (Secretary)
Chief Executive Officer
Phillips and Company

John L. Plueger
Chief Executive Officer and President
Air Lease Corporation

James R. Porter
Principal
Porter Capital Partners

Frederick L. Ricker (Vice Chair)
Vice President and General Manager (Retired)
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Harold R. Smethills
Chair
Sterling Ranch Development Company

Dee Anna Smith, '86 (Chair)
Chief Executive Officer
Sarah Cannon

Rosa Mercado Spivey
Physician/Medical Director (Retired)
Los Angeles Unified School District

Stephen M. Stewart
Partner
Stewart Brothers Properties LLC

Augustus Tagliaferri, MBA '74
Chair and President
Financial Structures, Inc.

Marta B. Tooma
Philanthropic Dentist

Robert L. Walker, MA '66
Senior Partner
The Walker Consulting Group
Senior Executive for Development (Retired)
Texas A&M University

Jay S. Welker
The Amahoro Fund

Life Regents

Joe R. Barnett
Lodwrick M. Cook
Jerry S. Cox
Glen A. Holden
Jerry E. Hudson
Eff W. Martin
Russell L. Ray, Jr.

Travis E. Reed
Susan F. Rice (EdD '86)
Carol Richards
B. Joseph Rokus ('76)
William W. Stevens, Jr.
Thomas J. Trimble
J. McDonald Williams