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Office of the Provost

For more than 100 years, Vanguard University has remained committed to our founding Christ-centered educational mission and has charted new paths to fulfill our calling. The Provost serves as the University’s Chief Academic Officer, establishing and implementing the university’s academic priorities and providing visionary and strategic leadership for all academic programs and services of the University, encompassing traditional undergraduate, professional, and graduate education programs in Vanguard’s three Schools and one College, a host of services and offices that support the educational mission, and Vanguard’s outstanding faculty.


About Ryan T. Hartwig

Dr. Ryan T. Hartwig joined Vanguard as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Vanguard University in the fall of 2022.

As Provost, he is responsible for setting academic objectives and strategy, cultivating a strong academic culture, and ensuring effective systems and structures are in place to fulfill and advance the Vanguard University mission, vision and values.

Academic Strategic Vision

Our pursuit of Vanguard University’s Ascend2030: A Strategic Vision for Academic Renewal will establish Vanguard University as a leader in Spirit-empowered, Christ-centered higher education. Rooting ourselves deeply in our rich institutional history and embracing our distinctive identity as a Pentecostal Christian university, we will rise to live up to our name, leading the way in delivering high-quality, accessible, affordable, Spirit-empowered education in Orange County and throughout California, thereby extending our influence both nationally and internationally.

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Academic Leadership


The Academic Leadership Council collaboratively develops and implements academic vision and strategy, fosters a cohesive academic culture, enhances academic programs through ongoing assessment and optimization, and refines organizational leadership systems to ensure sustained vitality, growth, and efficiency.

Diana Avans

Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Renea Brathwaite

Dean, School of Theology & Ministry

Julie Cowen

Dean, Academic Records, Registrar

Stacey Sandeford-Lyons

Dean, Student Success & Academic Services

Michael Shurance

Associate Vice President, Graduate & Professional Enrollment & Strategy

Michael Wilson

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences


Celina Canales

Director of Academic Operations

Amy Jungkeit

Assistant Director of Academic Operations

Amy Tan

Administrative Assistant
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Schools, Offices & Centers


The College of Arts
& Sciences

The School of Business & Management

The School of

The School of Theology & Ministry


The Global Center for Women & Justice

Sandra Morgan, Director

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Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership

Norlan Hernandez, Director

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The Institute for Faculty Development

Teaching & Learning

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The O. Cope Budge Library

James Darlack, Sr. Director

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Provost Media & Publications


the cover of the book The Resilience Factor by Ryan Hartwig

The Resilience Factor: A Step-by-Step Guide to Catalyze an Unbreakable Team

2023, IVP Books

Available on Amazon

the cover of the book Leading Small Groups that Thrive by Ryan Hartwig

Leading Small Groups That Thrive: Five Shifts to Take Your Group to the Next Level

2020, Zondervan Publishing

Available on Amazon

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Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership

2015, IVP Books

Available on Amazon


"Far More Than We Could Ever Ask"

2022 Provost Installation Ceremony

Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA

Watch on YouTube.