Welcome From The Dean, Andrew Stenhouse, Ed.D.

Andy (3)Welcome to Vanguard University’s School for Graduate and Professional Studies

My vision is for our School for Graduate and Professional Studies to clearly be Orange County’s top choice for a professional education with a Christian foundation – a place where you are empowered to discern your calling; discover your giftedness; and develop your competencies.

You will graduate from Vanguard confidently equipped for your profession. You will be extremely competent. Yet, you will graduate with so much more.  With so much conversation these days on only measuring competencies, many institutions are losing sight of what I believe are some of the most significant benefits of education – calling and giftedness. At Vanguard, you will develop more than your competencies. Your life will be transformed.

If you are like most adult students, you are looking for something more. Although you may be uncertain as to what specifically ‘more’ is, you know it’s time to make a change. It’s time to do more; time to be more. As with so many of our students, your time at Vanguard will be a time of discovering your dream – your true calling. And, along with discerning your calling, you will also discover your true giftedness, at a time and amid circumstance that warrant the discovery most.

In the School for Graduate and Professional Studies, you will be given a quality education in a caring community. The quality of your degree is evidenced by the academic reputation Vanguard University has with local employers. Your professors are leading experts in their fields and bring real-world experience into the classroom, often along with nationally renowned guest speakers. The material discussed in class is relevant and immediately applicable to your career. What you learn in class one night can be applied at work the very next morning.

The caring community of Vanguard University’s School for Graduate and Professional Studies is often what alums value most. Your professors are not only excellent teachers, they are compassionate mentors, living out their own calling, to passionately change lives through higher education. You will be encouraged and supported by a courteous, professional, and student-centered staff, that understands the unique demands of adult learners — many of whom have balanced work, college, and family themselves – who serve with empathy and support. Finally, you will be supported by your classmates. Relationships that begin the first weeks of class often flourish for years. This close-knit community not only provides a great support structure while in school, it provides an even greater professional network that lasts throughout your career.

If you are exploring how a degree from Vanguard University’s School for Graduate and Professional Studies can change your life, I invite you to call me directly. I am always eager to help people pursue their dreams.

Hope. All is well.


Andrew Stenhouse, Ed.D.
Dean, School for Graduate and Professional Studies
T 714.668.6110 | F 714.668.6194

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