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Our faith-based perspective and culture mean that you, as faculty, have the opportunity to instill within our students a foundation of Christian and professional values and ethics that will serve them throughout their lives. While developing academic proficiency is a hallmark of higher education, teaching students how to utilize that knowledge in the service of God, community, and profession differentiates CBU.   

At CBU we are committed to the success of our students. We expect that faculty will challenge students to think critically, applying what they learn.  However, we also expect our faculty to engage in scholarly work which informs their own teaching and/or contributes to their respective fields of study.   

As a university committed to the Great Commission, “…the fields are white for harvest.” (John 4:35) – and it starts in our classrooms.

Charles "Chuck" D. Sands, PhD


Mission - Create Conditions for Success

The Office of the Provost is dedicated to the faculty, staff, and students of California Baptist University. The primary mission of the Office of the Provost is to create conditions for success by providing leadership and strategic vision for academics at CBU. In addition, we ensure academic excellence, integrity, and fairness in educating our students, in performing our research, scholarship, and creative works, in serving our university, community, and professions, and in fostering an environment that embraces and promotes the cultivation of ideas supporting a university committed to the Great Commission.

Vision – To Be a Premier Comprehensive University Committed to the Great Commission

California Baptist University (CBU) is a faith-based academic institution dedicated to academic excellence and academic integrity that upholds high quality student-centered teaching and learning, applied research, scholarship and artistic creation, and community engaged service learning. The vision of the Provost’s Office is to become a premier comprehensive Christian university through excellence in undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional education; in scholarship, research, creative achievements; and in service to and engagement with our community that will enhance the quality of life for our students, faculty, staff, and citizenry.

Priorities and Strategic Goals

Priority 1 – Educational Effectiveness: Enhance the Quality of Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctoral and Professional Education
Priority 2 – Research & Scholarship: Enhance Scholarship, Research and Creative/Professional Achievements
Priority 3 – Learning Environment: Provide Excellent Facilities for Student Learning, Faculty Research, and Scholarship
Priority 4 – Community and Global Engagement: Engage the Local Community and the Nations



Charles Sands, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Health Science
Office Phone: 951-343-4213
Office Location: Yeager C215



Wayne Fletcher, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
Associate Provost for Academic Services
Office Phone: 951-552-8175
Office Location: Yeager C212



Elizabeth A. Morris, Ph.D.

Professor of Education and Mathematics
Associate Provost for Accreditation, Assessment and Curriculum
Office Phone: 951-343-4507
Office Location: James 103



Tracy Ward, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Provost for Administration
Office Phone: 951-343-4552
Office Location: Yeager C211



Jeff Barnes, PhD

Dean, Student Success
Office Phone: 951-552-8639
Office Location: Lancer Arms 39



Keith Castillo, MA

Director of Instructional Technology
Office Phone: 951-552-8720
Office Location: Lancer Arms 51G


Angelica Diaz

Director of Research Initiatives
Office Phone: 951-343-4827

Office Location:  James 366



DawnEllen Jacobs, Ph.D.

Director of New Faculty Development
Professor of English
Office Phone: 951-343-4275
Office Location: Lancer Arms Rm 51F


Ted Murcray, EdD

 Assistant Professor of Education
Director, Faculty Development
Office Phone: 951-343-4760
Office Location: Yeager B228


Brian Niemeier, PhD

Director, Institutional Research
Office Phone: 951-552-8637
Office Location: Lancer Arms 49G


Holly Pope 

Director, Academic Operations
Office Phone: 951-343-4654
Office Location: Yeager C214


Claudia Valdez 

Administrative Assistant to the Provost
Office Phone: 951-343-4213
Office Location: Yeager C215