Lettie CowieMrs. Lettie Cowie is the Vice President of Business and Finance and has served in a variety of finance and business related capacities over the years. In 1985 she began her career in public education first as the Fund Manager and Bookkeeper for the Lake Elsinore Union High School District, which became the Temecula Unified School District where she became the Coordinator of Facilities Planning and Construction Facilities Analyst during a period of explosive growth.

In a five-year period, Lettie was responsible for building 14 schools and had 7 more in process. She eventually became the Assistant Superintendent of Planning and Development for Anaheim City School District and was responsible for budgeting, operations, facilities and IT. In 2002, Lettie started her own company, Colbi Technologies, Inc., to serve school districts with Account-Ability software for project management, budgeting, and accounting for school building programs as well as accounting support, training, and consulting.

Lettie serves on a number of professional boards and organizations, including the Council of Great City Schools, an invitation-only organization representing the 100 largest school systems in the nation. She provides training for the California Association of School Business Officials on internal controls and is a regular instructor for their Chief Business Officials Boot Camp. She is also a frequent presenter for the Chief Business Officials Mentor Program, the Superintendent Academy of the Association of California School Administrators and the School Facilities Leadership Academy.

Lettie has been called on to give testimony at state and federal congressional hearings and has twice been an invited speaker to White House Staff. She has tremendous expertise in financial management, facilities management (including construction), strategic planning and in change management.

Before accepting her position as Vice President for Business and Finance at Vanguard University, Lettie provided strong leadership on our Board of Trustees as Chair of the Finance Committee. She has worked closely with the University Administration and other Finance Committee members to begin building our set of internal controls and other policies and procedures that have ensured the continued strengthening of Vanguard.

Lettie has also been involved in Christian ministry for almost 45 years. Youth ministry, Christian education and missions support have been her main focus, including work in Switzerland, New Zealand, Spain, California, and Greece with the Assemblies of God and Youth with a Mission’s Mercy Ministries International. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Royal Family Kids, Inc., the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, and she is a member of Newport Mesa Church (Costa Mesa, CA).



Phone: (714) 966-5484
Email: OfficeVPBF@vanguard.edu



Cindy Rouland
Executive Administrative Assistant
Phone: (714) 966-5484 | Email: cindy.rouland@vanguard.edu