Dr. John C. Reynolds Named First President of Los Angeles Pacific University

Los Angeles Pacific University (LAPU), an online Christian university accredited by the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission, is pleased to announce Dr. John C. Reynolds as its first president. Dr. Reynolds was responsible for the establishment of LAPU’s founding institutions, Azusa Pacific Online University (2011) and University College at Azusa Pacific University (2014) where he served as Chancellor.

While previously granting degrees under the accreditation of Azusa Pacific University (APU), Dr. Reynolds and his leadership team led the initiative to pursue regional accreditation as an independent institution that would remain affiliated with APU as part of the newly formed Azusa Pacific University System. Regional accreditation was granted in February of 2018 and initiated the transition from University College to Los Angeles Pacific University with Dr. Reynolds as its first president.

Regarding the university and Dr. Reynolds:

  • Los Angeles Pacific University is an accredited, Christ-centered learning community that creates new hope for the future by offering convenient and affordable associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees to students of all backgrounds. As part of the Azusa Pacific University System, LAPU provides a high-quality, faith-integrated education that is intentionally accessible, career-relevant, and committed to student success.
  • Previously, Reynolds also served as CIO and Executive Vice President for 16 years at Azusa Pacific University. Reynolds earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science and information systems, and a PhD. in higher education. His research interests in leadership, organizational effectiveness, change management, and strategic thinking have resulted in several publications in leadership and strategy, particularly relating to nonprofit organizations. In addition to his years of experience in higher education, Reynolds has worked in the mining industry and as the global CIO for World Vision International, a large, private international relief organization (1991–2000). A regular speaker at national conferences throughout the world, he has also consulted in more than 40 countries and traveled to more than 80 countries to speak, consult, and advise national NGO leaders.

To learn more about the administration of Los Angeles Pacific University, visit www.lapu.edu/about/administration.


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