Eric Anderson, Ph.D., is the twenty-second president of Pacific Union College. Previously, he served as the Walter C. Utt Professor of History and Director of the Walter C. Utt Center for Adventist History and Research & Media Center at PUC, and president of Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas, from 2005 to 2014.
Anderson holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. In addition to 30 years of teaching at PUC and nine years of administration at Southwestern Adventist University, he has been a Fulbright lecturer in Greece and a program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has published academic studies on a variety of historical topics, including Reconstruction in North Carolina, philanthropic support of black education, and Progressive Era vice reform. His most recent publication is a chapter in the Oxford University Press study of Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet.
Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Administration
Nancy Lecourt has served Pacific Union College as Academic Dean since 2006. Prior to being selected by the PUC board of trustees as vice president for academic administration, Lecourt worked as a professor of English at La Sierra University and then at PUC for almost 30 years. In 1993, Lecourt’s teaching and leadership skills were recognized when PUC students voted her “Educator of the Year.”
Lecourt earned a Ph.D. in English literature at the University of New Hampshire in 1999. Lecourt continues to put her skills to work outside the academic administration office, writing occasional essays and poems; she is also the author of three picture books for children, including Rainbow (1980, Review and Herald); Abracadabra to Zigzag (1991, Lothrop, Lee and Shepard), and Teddy, the Better-than-New Bear (1993, Pacific Press).
Vice President of Financial Administration
A former vice president and chief financial officer for St. Helena Hospital, Napa Valley, Parker is a certified public accountant with over 20 years of experience in finance and operations in healthcare, secondary education, and in the private sector. Earlier leadership appointments have included Mendocino regional vice president and chief financial officer at Adventist Health, vice president and chief financial officer at Ukiah Valley Medical Center, finance manager for Glendale Adventist Medical Center, and vice principal of operations and chief financial officer for Monterey Bay Academy.
A native of Apple Valley, Calif., Parker is a graduate of Monterey Bay Academy. He completed a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting at PUC and an M.B.A from La Sierra University. He lives in Angwin with his wife, Heidi, and has two sons, Adam and Sam.
Vice President for Student Services
Lisa Bissell Paulson has been an integral part of PUC’s administration as the vice president of student services since 1998. As dean of students, Paulson acts as the liaison between the administration and the students, supervising, fostering and assessing all phases of student life at PUC. She has held administrative positions within the Adventist education system for almost thirty years, including dean of students at Walla Walla College in Washington and vice president for public relations at PUC.
Since taking her post as vice president of student services, Paulson has overseen various large-scale physical improvements to the PUC campus in Nelson Memorial Library, the Student Center, and most recently the Dining Commons. She is often seen all over campus speaking with students, searching for any areas that may be improved to better the students’ experience. Paulson is married to Robert Paulson, Ph.D., associate professor in exercise science, health and nutrition, and is the mother of Joy Elizabeth Paulson.
Vice President of Enrollment Management & Marketing
Jennifer Tyner joined PUC in November 2012 to oversee recruiting and enrollment efforts and manage the college’s marketing, communication and publications. Tyner has extensive history in Adventist higher education, administration, and communications. “I am very excited to join PUC during this chapter of growth and development,” she says. “It’s inspiring to be a part of the college’s growing enrollment, increased retention, and commitment to innovation.”
Before coming to PUC, Tyner served as project director for Community Care of Western North Carolina, a nationally recognized health care delivery system aimed at providing better, more efficient and more cost-effective health care for our country’s most vulnerable individuals. She served from 2000 to 2006 as vice president for student life at La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif., where she helped increase student retention by six percent and graduation rates by 13 percent. She holds an M.A. in English from La Sierra University, and B.A.’s in English and business administration from Loma Linda University.
Vice President for Advancement
Walter Collins began his tenure at PUC in July of 2013, as vice president of advancement and alumni relations. Prior to this appointment, Collins was the executive director of the California Symphony Orchestra. Under his leadership, the orchestra completed a strategic plan, doubled its number of donors, increased ticket sales revenue and reduced operating costs. The orchestra also received a National Endowment for the Arts award and a Getty Foundation/League of American Orchestras award for its Sound Minds program, the Symphony’s groundbreaking music education and tutoring program.
In his prior role as president and chief executive officer of United Way, Collins dramatically increased revenue and oversaw the strategic transformation of United Way into the community impact model, leading to its distinction as the leading public policy and advocacy United Way organization in California.
Collins is the product of K-12 Adventist education, and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Bilingual in Spanish, Collins is married to Amy, a freelance writer and editor. The Collins family includes three children, sons William and James, and daughter Everley.
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