Office of the President

President’s Cabinet


Dr. Robert A. Cushman Jr., Ph.D.


Dr. Robert A. Cushman Jr. is the twenty-third president of Pacific Union College. Most recently, Dr. Cushman held the position of vice president for academic administration at Walla Walla University in Walla Walla, Wash., after serving as professor of paleobiology and department chair in the department of biological sciences at the university for four years. Previously, he served as vice principal at El Dorado Adventist School for two years while teaching grades 7-12 and coaching the men’s varsity basketball team. He also taught for 12 years at Loma Linda University, serving as assistant professor, associate department chair, and the department chair of the department of earth and biological sciences.

Dr. Cushman holds a Ph.D. in geology from the Colorado School of Mines, a master’s in geology from Loma Linda University, and a bachelor’s in biology from Walla Walla College (now University). He is a passionate Adventist educator who looks forward to helping PUC as the college continues to develop its new strategic plan. His commitment to collaborative efforts and willingness to partner with faculty, staff, and students, makes him a great addition to the college’s administration team.


Nancy Lecourt, Ph.D.

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).


Brandon Parker, M.B.A.

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.


Jennifer Tyner, M.A.

Vice President of Student Life, Enrollment and 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.


Kellie Lind, B.S.

Chief Advancement Officer

Kellie Jensiene Lind has a long history with Pacific Union College. Before returning to serve as PUC’s chief advancement officer in 2017, previously she worked as the college’s public relations director, the alumni and development director, the associate director of student enrollment, and graduated from PUC with degrees in public relations and journalism. As a PUC alumna and longtime resident and businesswoman in the Napa Valley, Lind offers a unique perspective on building relationships with alumni, community members, and business owners. Combining her infectious personality with her background in marketing and fundraising, Lind has already begun cultivating new philanthropic opportunities in the valley.

Lind currently serves as president of the Angwin Community Council, and is also a member of the Lodi Academy Alumni Homecoming Committee. In her free time, she enjoys meeting new people, cooking, entertaining, interior design and decorating, flower arranging, and swimming. She has two sons, Christian and Carignane, and is looking forward to becoming a grandmother in the coming months.