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Hope Alumnus Mark Stanton Named Provost and Chief Academic Officer at APU

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Following a six-month, nationwide search, Dr. Jon Wallace, President of Azusa Pacific University (APU), has named Dr. Mark Stanton as provost and chief academic officer. Stanton earned his Bachelor Degree in Preaching from Hope International University (HIU) in 1972, and then went on to earn a Master of Divinity and Ph.D. in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary. He later received a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management (IEM), Graduate School of Education, Harvard University.

“Dr. Stanton is an accomplished psychologist, scholar, and academician whose leadership and vision for our academy and faculty will take the university to the next level of academic excellence while remaining firmly rooted in our rich Christ-centered heritage,” Dr. Wallace stated in the press release on the APU website. “His mature faith and commitment to higher education and the mission of Azusa Pacific are clearly evident. I am thrilled to have him as our next provost and look forward to working alongside him.”

As provost, Stanton will report to the president, serve on the President’s Council, and partner with faculty and administration to accomplish APU’s mission. His duties as chief academic officer will be to collaboratively work to achieve academic goals.

Stanton has worked at APU since 1990 when he came on as an assistant professor in the Department of Graduate Psychology where he would later serve as department chair. He has also served as the director of the Doctor of Psychology program, and for the last five years Stanton has worked as the dean of the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences. He is now APU’s fourth provost.

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