Osborn to Western States Association
Outgoing PUC president to join accrediting organization
ichard Osborn, who resigned in April as president of Adventist-owned Pacific Union College, is to become an associate director for the Senior College Commission of Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Osborn will start on July 1, WASC said.

“Dr. Osborn brings a wealth of experience and wisdom about higher education, and we are all excited to have him join WASC,” said Ralph Wolff, president and executive director of the Senior College Commission of WASC. “He brings a wonderful style of analysis and support of being able to analyze educational institutions…. His joining the WASC staff will be a major contribution to WASC and higher education.”

As an associate director, Osborn will work with more than 30 colleges and universities—ranging from University of California and California State campuses to faith-based and non-sectarian private institutions—and their accreditation as part of his portfolio. Osborn will also be involved in shaping policy and analyzing new approaches to accreditation in these economically turbulent times for higher education.

The Senior College Commission of WASC is located in Alameda, California, and it oversees the accreditation of 161 four-year colleges and graduate universities in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Basin. The Senior College Commission is one of three regional accrediting commissions under WASC; the other two manage accreditation for K-12 education, and community and junior colleges. WASC was formed in 1962 to promote the welfare, interests, and development of education in the Western Region.

Osborn came to PUC in 2001; prior he was vice president of education for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. During Osborn’s tenure at PUC, he served as chair of the 77-member Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities. He and his wife, Norma, will continue to reside in Angwin, California, where Norma serves as a pastor at the PUC Church.

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