Major Speakers


Ralph WolffRalph Wolff
President and Executive Director of WASC, was appointed in 1996, after serving as Associate Executive Director from 1981–1995. Wolff is responsible for setting goals, priorities, and policy for the Senior College Accrediting Commission. As Executive Director, he coordinated the extensive process leading to the 2001 Handbook of Accreditation. Prior to joining WASC, Wolff was the founder and Director of Planning of the Antioch School of Law, Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Antioch, and a law professor at the University of Dayton. A graduate of Tufts University, Wolff received his JD with honors from the National Law Center at George Washington University.



James AndersonJames Anderson
Vice President for Student Success
Vice Provost for Institutional Assessment and Diversity

Dr. Anderson obtained a bachelor's degree from Villanova University and his doctorate in psychology from Cornell University. He was selected as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, a Danforth Fellow and a National Learning Communities Fellow. In March 2005, James was awarded the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award, and in November 2004 was honored by the National Association of Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) Commission on Human Resources and Social Changes with an Outstanding Service award. In addition, Dr. Anderson edited the 2004 publication "The Unfinished Agenda of Brown v. Board of Education" (John Wiley & Sons).

Thomas MoralesTomas Morales
Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs
Cal Poly Pomona

Dr. Morales received his B.A. in Secondary Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies at the State University of New York at Albany. Dr. Morales has been at Cal Poly Pomona since 2001 where he first served as the Vice President for Student Affairs followed by his current position as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He also is a professor in the Cal Poly Pomona Department of Education. He has received numerous honors and awards including the Exemplary Model of Administrative Leadership Award from the American Association of University Administrators in 2003.



Geoffrey ChaseGeoffrey Chase
Geoffrey Chase attended Ohio Wesleyan University, receiving the B.A. in English in 1971. He also holds an MAT from Miami University (Ohio) and the AM in English from Boston College. After receiving his PhD in American literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981, he taught for 11 years in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Miami University of Ohio. In 1992 he joined Northern Arizona University as the Director of English Composition, a position he held for four years. At NAU, he took an active role in the Ponderosa Project, a faculty development project aimed at helping faculty from throughout the university integrate issues of environmental sustainability into their courses. After having also served as Chair of the English Department, he served as the Dean of Liberal Studies and Assessment. In this latter role, he was responsible for implementing a new liberal studies program, the implementation of which is detailed in "Feet to the Fire," an essay that appeared in Schools that Learn. From 1999 until 2001, Dr. Chase was the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Chase has been the Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Students at San Diego State University since January 2002.