ANNOUNCEMENT: Campus Safety Update

Dear Students, Staff and Faculty,

Thousands of people turned out last night at the OC Fair & Event Center across from Vanguard University for a Donald J. Trump campaign event. While the presidential candidate addressed supporters at the Center’s amphitheater, scores of protestors convened outside. As we’ve witnessed over the past few months, similar rallies in other cities across the nation have sparked contentious gatherings, including egregious confrontations and incidents of violence.

This precedence weighed heavily on Vanguard University as we learned – with only one day notice – that a rally would take place across from campus. The entire administration went into immediate action to anticipate and prepare for every scenario to ensure our campus population remained safe.

In advance of the rally, Vanguard University Senior Director of Campus Public Safety Paul Turgeon worked hand-in-hand with the Costa Mesa Police Department, bringing in additional campus security personnel and overnight patrol teams. Our Campus Safety and Residence Life staff worked with our resident advisors and students to engender a sense of stability, leadership, and security.

During the rally, myself, along with Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Tim Young and Senior Director of Campus Services Paul Turgeon remained in continual and coordinated contact.

Scott.sunsetAs crowds swelled in front of our Scott Academic Center and riotous situations unfolded, our local law enforcement partners positioned more than 80 Costa Mesa Police Department officers in front of Vanguard University’s entrance on Fair Drive as well as our two side entrances on Newport Boulevard and Vanguard Way. We commend and thank them for protecting our campus. Meanwhile, our university staff immediately instituted campus protection measures and worked swiftly to ensure the safety of all people on our campus.

Vanguard University has not had to operate in lockdown mode for years. Despite this, we are grateful that the exceptional professionalism and expert emergency training from our Campus Safety and Residence Life staff not only worked, but prevented potentially disastrous consequences. Their hands-on, vigilant presence made a difference last night.

As crowds dispersed, I walked through campus, entering every building with Dr. Young to speak with students, faculty and staff, gauge their feelings and offer our support. I’m proud to report that, in contrast to chaos of the gathering outside, Vanguard University operated calmly and confidently.

We thank all members of the student body for cooperating with campus safety measures and remaining in designated areas.

The aftermath of the rally was an unprecedented experience in our community. And as with any event that spurs such fervent opposition, the clash of opposing ideas and extensive news coverage, questions and unsettling feelings may remain. Vanguard University’s Counseling Center will offer additional staff over the few days, and we encourage any member of our campus community to make use of these services. Vanguard University is first and foremost a community based on Christ-centered leadership and service, and together we lived up to the core of who we are on campus last night.  We thank God for His protection and we ask for His comfort and peace as we finish the semester strong together.

Grateful for His grace,

Dr. Mike Beals

President, Vanguard University

Vanguard University Remembers Dr. Randy Dovel

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of former Vanguard University faculty member Dr. Randy Dovel, on Friday, April 9.

Dr. Dovel came to Vanguard University in 2005 after serving as a tenured faculty member at Oregon State University. Having received his PhD from Texas A&M University, Dovel was a trained plant physiologist and served as chair of the department of biology at Vanguard University for four years, teaching courses in botany, genetics, microbiology and field biology. Dovel was an active researcher in the field biology, nitrogen fixation, and plant/pathogen relationships for nearly 20 years. During his faculty career, Dovel also was an expert researcher in plant breeding, plant molecular biology, and microbial water quality analysis. Dovel is a member of the Gamme Sigma Delta academic honor society and a proud recipient of the E.R. Jackman Team Award, recognizing team and interdisciplinary research.

Dr. Dovel was a teacher and mentor to countless biology majors at Vanguard. He touched many lives with his knowledge, wisdom, generosity, and love of Jesus Christ. Dovel took a special interest in his students, and in the senior projects he guided them through.

Dr. Dovel was married to Vanguard University staff member, Teresa Dovel, MA `09, for 35 years and is the beloved father of Kathryn (Kate) Dovel `07 and Kallie (Dovel) Thomson`08, and of two grandchildren, Ariella Dovel and Honey Thomson.

Above all of Dr. Dovel’s research and achievements in his professional field, he had an enormous love for Jesus Christ. Dr. Randy Dovel will be deeply missed by the entire Vanguard University family.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to Vanguard to provide a scholarship to future promising pre-med students.

Vanguard Among Best College Values

Vanguard University was ranked the 2nd highest (238) of all of the Christian universities in California, out of nearly 1,200 colleges and universities total, in rankings of employment outcomes relative to the total cost of a higher education.

Other private Christian campuses in Southern California that made the list were: The Master’s College and Seminary, Santa Clarita (204); Point Loma Nazarene University (445); Biola University (526); California Lutheran University (595).

The nonprofit Educate to Career Inc. compiled the rankings based on the percentage of graduates employed in occupations that match their area of study, average salary earned, number of years it takes to graduate, the net cost of in-state tuition, loan default rates, and percentage employed within one year of graduation.


Landmark Building on Campus to Open at Vanguard University, New Space for Students and the Costa Mesa Community


WHAT: Vanguard University has announced the grand opening of the Scott Academic Center, with a complete expansion and exterior facelift creating a “front door” to the University. The new Scott Academic Center, designed by architect Tony Massaro, is a complete remodel of the existing 23,076 square foot Scott Academic Center which includes a 16,135 square foot addition consisting of a three-story education wing. The new building will feature 10 new classrooms, and provide expanded space for the Global Center for Women and Justice, Veterans Resource Center, Nursing Program with a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab, and the Diversity and Inclusion Department. All student services will be housed at the Scott Academic Center. The Samson’s Café, another new addition, will be open to the public and serve coffee and light fare. Finally, a tall bell tower will mark this new “front door” to Vanguard University.

Vanguard University is grateful for the generosity of the community donating just over $7 million dollars, which exceeded its campaign goal, allowing the building to be completed debt-free.

WHEN: Grand Opening – Saturday, October 3 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Vanguard University, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

WHY: The Scott Academic Center expansion will serve the University’s near capacity student population, which is projected to expand over the next decade. This building expansion is vital to the future of Vanguard.

Founded in 1920, Vanguard University is one of three Christian institutions in Orange County, California, with approximately 2,000 students enrolled. After 30 years in Los Angeles, Vanguard University relocated its campus to Costa Mesa in 1950. The original Scott Academic Center opened in 1976, and was named after Vanguard president, professor, dean and librarian, Dr. John B. Scott.

October 3 will celebrate the grand opening of the Scott Academic Center, with city councilmembers, board members, community supporters, alumni, faculty, and students in attendance.

For more information on the Scott Academic Center grand opening, and the building’s campaign Through These Doors, visit


For more information, contact:
Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit


LA Times feature “Community and Clubs: Newport-Mesa throws support behind Special Olympics”


It’s hard to imagine an undertaking that has inspired as much support from the Newport-Mesa community as the hosting of the athletes participating in the Special Olympics World Games last week in Los Angeles.

Newport-Mesa proudly welcomed and celebrated more than 200 Special Olympics athletes from Mexico, Fiji, Aruba, the Bahamas and Malawi, for three days before the Games.

The host town committees arranged housing, meals, training facilities and transportation for the athletes and their delegations. Committee members and other volunteers accompanied the delegations on two outings to share local culture. […]

“Costa Mesa couldn’t have pulled it off without the assistance of committee member David Vazquez, the administrative staff of Vanguard University and the support of Vanguard President Dr. Michael Beals and Vanguard’s donation of housing and training facilities,” said Daniel Baker, who co-chaired Costa Mesa’s effort.

Read the full article from the Los Angeles Times, online here.