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Our partnership with Study.com is a good example. This newly formed relationship between their Working Scholars program and GGU will allow students to begin or continue their undergraduate education on Study.com’s platform and then finish their degrees with us. This is a hallmark of one of our unique strengths—the flexibility to meet students where they are in their educational careers. Meanwhile, we launched four new undergraduate programs this fall, part of our continuing effort to align the university experience with today’s evolving workforce needs. These new offerings comprise Accounting, Psychology, Data Analytics, and Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development. What makes these programs unique is their emphasis on in-demand technical training as well as the soft skills professionals need to thrive.

Golden Gate University is surrounded on all sides by an invigorating and rapidly growing business and legal community. It serves as both an opportunity and a reminder: GGU’s relevance in the higher education ecosystem requires engaging with and responding to the needs of the marketplace around us. Today, employers want college graduates with specific applicable skills, and it’s also increasingly clear that this is what students want from their educational experience. So, GGU is matching the change around us with change within, helping students anticipate the dynamics of the marketplace, becoming the place businesses turn to when they need to fill critical skills gaps or next-level learning needs. That is no small task; higher education is famously slow-moving. But the entire ethos of GGU right now is innovation and change. You can see this reflected in the stories in this annual report.

Further evidence of our commitment to relevance and change can be found in the new leadership I am fortunate to have supporting us. Our two new deans and two senior administrators represent a dedication to a more robust future for GGU. We are investing not only in new programs and partnerships, but in the human capital we need to carry GGU forward. Of course, we will never be able to realize our longterm goals without the support of you, our loyal alumni. Whether it’s through engaging with our students to help them achieve their career goals, returning to teach as an adjunct, or giving back to our annual fund, you reflect back our values and represent the best that GGU has to offer. And so, to you and everyone who helps make GGU what is—and has yet to become—thank you. Sincerely,

David Fike, Ph.D

Undergrad Degrees and Certificates Align GGU With Workforce Needs GGU launched four new undergraduate degrees this fall, part of an effort to make the university experience relevant to today’s evolving workforce needs. The expanded offerings include Accounting, Psychology, Data Analytics, and Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development. “These programs are designed to provide students with the knowledge they need to succeed in our economy,’’ said Marc Singer, dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies. “Our working learners can integrate what they learn in the workplace with what they learn in the classroom, which helps them adapt quickly to the changing economy and business needs.” What makes GGU’s undergraduate programs unique is an emphasis on in-demand technical training and the soft skills needed to thrive amid advancing organizational change. Students learn to think critically, collaborate with others, analyze complex problems, and adapt to diverse environments. Both the Accounting and Data Analytics programs provide targeted professional

training in the context of a broad-based undergraduate degree. “We’ve launched an original data analytics program built in a business management framework,” said Siamak Zadeh, director of the undergraduate program in Data Analytics. “The focus is learning the skills needed to be a data analyst across industries. We provide those skills through our project-based, hands-on education while they also get a full-fledged liberal arts undergraduate degree.” The Psychology and Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development degrees also demonstrate the GGU advantage. Students may pursue a traditional psychology degree as well as take courses that will help them leverage their knowledge of social systems and the human mind to improve outcomes related to workplace communication, collaboration, and diversity. Students pursuing Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development learn systems thinking, creative thinking, and how to work on teams.

New Graduate Certificates On the graduate level, GGU launched revamped graduate certificate programs in the areas of Analytics, Project Management, Leadership, Financial Planning, and Human Resources Management in the Spring 2019. “There’s a new go-to-market capability developing around taking these accessible bundles of courses out into the market,” said Gordon Swartz, dean of the Ageno School of Business and School of Accounting. GGU began marketing the programs in January 2019 and made adjustments based on early marketing efforts. Admission requirements and the application process have been streamlined while program changes were made that allow students to take courses back-toback and 100 percent online. In addition, GGU analyzed competitive pricing and reduced tuition for some programs. Since making program adjustments, student interest has grown in certificate programs for fall 2019, and a good pipeline of students are interested in certificates for spring 2020.

Silicon Valley Firm Taps Students for Cutting Edge Computing Work

From left to right: Vidya Phalke, MetricStream CIO, and Maoyi Song, MSBA student intern at MetricStream

An innovative partnership with a Silicon Valley software firm is offering GGU students a unique hands-on experience. The collaboration with MetricStream —a governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) software company in Palo Alto—reinforces GGU’s commitment to helping students achieve their career goals immediately after graduation. The company’s initiatives are focused on edge computing, a leading-edge distributed computing model that moves computation away from data centers towards locations where it is needed, improving efficiency and speed while reducing costs.

The partnership with GGU evolved out of a conversation MetricStream Chief Information Officer Vidya Phalke had regarding teaching a course in the Business Analytics degree at GGU. Eventually, the conversation turned to finding a way to connect MetricStream and GGU students.

including building and testing a novel edge computing environment at the company’s headquarters. The long-term goal is to build an edge-computing lab at GGU that replicates MetricStream’s computing environment in Palo Alto. Ila, an IT Management student who will graduate in the spring, said the collaboration is helping her gain experience in product management and technical skills.

“I said, can you use our data analytics students, and we ended up in the edge computing business,’’ said Judith Lee, professor in the School of Business.

“It’s good exposure to new technologies and I’m gaining a very good skillset,’’ she said.

To date, five students from the Business Analytics, Information Technology Management, and Doctor of Business Administration programs have been working directly with MetricStream,

I like being exposed to a lot of opportunities. I want to go into intellectual property law, and being in San Francisco will aid me in my job discovery. -- Kemi Olugbakinro

1L Law Student

I like that GGU is for adult students who have experience. This university is very good for networking, and that will be very helpful in my future career. -- Nodira Tulakhujaera

Masters in Finance Student

tional classes. The percentage of online classes can vary from school to school. Some universities, for example, divide the instruction equally between in-class and online classes. But the benefits are typically the same: allowing students to choose the learning environment that suits them best, and more easily fit coursework into challenging schedules.

New Hybrid Classes to Combine Face-toFace and Online Teaching

At GGU, some online classes throughout the semester will be synchronous with real-time student-teacher interaction. Others will be asynchronous, allowing students to access reading materials, recorded lectures, tests, and assignments during specified time windows. The pilot program will allow instructors to experiment with different teaching approaches and for students to try different learning experiences. The school will test various hybrid configurations with first-term and more senior students, and seek feedback from them and instructors.

GGU will expand its commitment to offering more flexible scheduling to students with the addition of a handful of undergraduate courses that marry online and face-to-face instruction. The school’s experiment will start with six “hybrid” courses: Humanities 50, Philosophy 50, Communications 35, Management 100, Accounting 1A,

and a new cannabis course. The university already has a handful of graduate hybrid courses, but none at the undergraduate level. The first courses will be offered starting with the spring term in January. Hybrid classes aim to take the best aspects of online learning and blend them with the best aspects of tradi-

The experiment coincides with a decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow veteran students to receive their housing subsidy through attendance in courses that combine online and classroom instruction. Previously, veterans needed to complete at least one entire course in-person to qualify for the subsidy.

New Program

Connects Students and Mentors GGU is launching a Mentorship Program to connect students with alumni, faculty, and staff to enhance the confidence and workforce competency of students and provide meaningful opportunities for our professional community to support student success. A hallmark of the program is GGU Connect, an exclusive online community that allows alumni, faculty, staff, and industry partners to share their expertise with students. Students can make direct email connections and request meetings with others. Through GGU Connect, students can also participate in the Guided Mentor Program, a long-term mentorship with a professional designed to help students deepen their career exploration and set goals. “GGU has an incredible network of alumni and industry professionals working in some of the most coveted positions and innovative companies in San Francisco, the Bay Area, and globally,” said Marc Singer, dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies. “GGU’s Mentorship Pro-

gram is providing personal connections for our student’s professional future and leveraging technology to provide students direct access to a network of trusted professionals for practical career advice and strategic insight.” A unique feature of the Mentorship Program is its integration into signature assignments in the undergraduate course Gateway to Success, a general education requirement taken in the first term of a student’s program. “I am still fairly new to the study of accounting, and being able to connect with established accountants is ex-

tremely exciting,’’ said one student in a recent survey. “Networking opportunities and tools like GGU Connect are one of the main reasons why I chose to attend GGU.” Program participants have access to career development resources, and Mentorship Meetups provide in-person opportunities for networking. The program launches this fall for undergraduate students and select faculty, staff, and alumni mentors. In the coming year, the program will expand to include GGU Law students, graduate students, and all alumni, staff, and faculty.

Nelson Henry Jr., a 95-year-old client of GGU Law’s Veterans Legal Advocacy Center and Legal Aid at Work, won his case regarding his discriminatory “dishonorable blue discharge” from 1945. Nearly 75 years after he was forced out of the Army because he was black, the World War II veteran received an honorable discharge thanks to the work of our center’s lawyers and student participants.

Law Students Right Wrong for Veteran

Henry called the unanimous decision in his case “a miracle.” “The Army doesn’t have much time to do right by him, or by the many other veterans who were wronged by this shameful practice,” said Professor Daniel Devoy, director of VLAC. The center is now working on a larger effort to find California National Guard members discharged under this discriminatory policy (which was used against people of color, LGBTQ service members, and more) and have Gov. Gavin Newsom convert all dishonorable discharges to honorable, both for those living and for those that have passed. The hope is that VLAC can then get the same done nationally.

New Professors Will Bolster Law School’s Work The law school added three new faculty members this fall who will strengthen the school’s offerings in several key areas. The trio join the school from UCLA, Stanford, and the U.S. Department of Justice. The new professors—Jyoti Nanda (UCLA), Spencer Williams (Stanford), and Robert Mullaney (DOJ) (pictured)—join 32 other full-time faculty at the school.

Law and Business Schools Welcome Preeminent Trademark Institute The McCarthy Institute—the world’s preeminent trademark, consumer behavior, and branding institute—moved to GGU last year, sitting jointly in the law and business schools.

David Franklyn. “We are proud to be at GGU and honored to be partnering with excellent law firms, companies, government IP offices and other academic institutions on these important topics.”

Previously located at the University of San Francisco, the McCarthy Institute produces cutting-edge scholarship that defines the boundaries of trademarks in a connected world, and empirical research around consumer perceptions and behaviors. In addition, the McCarthy Institute offers unique opportunities for mentorship and empowers students to contribute and network with IP leaders in Silicon Valley and around the world.

The institute will host its 11th annual McCarthy Institute Symposium on trademark law, held at Uber’s San Francisco headquarters, on March 27. The symposium historically draws hundreds of trademark and patent attorneys, academics, and students.

The institute’s unique work aligns neatly with Golden Gate’s mission of preparing students for today’s merging worlds of business, technology, and law with both innovative education and practical training. “Since moving to GGU, the McCarthy Institute has thrived,’’ said Executive Director

The symposium is the latest of several recent events hosted by the institute. McCarthy recently co-hosted in Alicante, Spain a successful world-wide summit on trademark law and emerging technologies in conjunction with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (right). Last March, the institute co-hosted its annual symposium at New York University and another in June at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

“With the appointment of these new faculty members, Golden Gate University School of Law is once again expanding its already robust programs in criminal, environmental, and technology law,’’ said Dean and Professor of Law Anthony Niedwiecki. “Our university is always seeking the most forward-thinking and innovative educators in the profession, and all three of these exceptional professors and scholars bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with our students.”


New GGU Trustees



BOARD OF TRUSTEES Randy Merk (MBA ‘85) Chair, Board of Trustees (retired) former Executive Vice President Charles Schwab Co., Inc. Barbara Mendelson (BS ‘84) Vice Chair, Board of Trustees (retired) Certified Public Accountant

Russ Colombo

Yvette Hollingsworth-Clark

Russ Colombo is the president and CEO of Bank of Marin. He joined the bank in 2004 as executive vice president and branch administrator after 29 years in banking at Comerica Bank, Security Pacific, and Union Bank in San Francisco. Russ is a board member of the California Bankers Association, past chairman of the Western Independent Bankers Association, and chairman of the Citizens Oversight Committee of Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit. He has also served on the board of Hanna Boys Center, and played an advisory role for Buckelew Programs, Marin County School-to-Career Partnership, and College of Marin’s President’s Circle.

Yvette Hollingsworth-Clark is the Regulatory Innovation Officer at Wells Fargo Bank, ensuring that consumer protections are embedded into the design of the bank’s digital products and practices. She serves as an adjunct professor at GGU, teaching Financial Reporting and Analysis. Currently, she is a board member at Inroads, Museum of African Diaspora, and The Links, Incorporated.

Van Ton-Quinlivan is currently the executive-in-residence at the Institute for the Future, where she examines how technology impacts learners, institutions, and employment. Van spent nearly eight years serving in leadership roles with the California Community Colleges, most recently as the executive vice chancellor of workforce and digital futures for the 115-institution system.

Cynthia Eisenberg (MS ‘80) Secretary, Board of Trustees (retired) Certified Public Accountant David Arakelian (MBA ‘87) President, Del Rio Nut Company Dilmohan Chadha (MS ‘80) President, Integrated Resources Group Yvette Hollingsworth-Clark Regulatory Innovation Officer, Wells Fargo Bank Chip Conradi (JD ‘78, MBA ‘81) (retired) former Treasurer & Vice President of Tax, The Clorox Company Russ Colombo (MBA ‘80) President, Bank of Marin Melinda A. Dunn (MBA ‘81) (retired) former Global Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer, Sequoia Capital Roi L. Ewell (MS ‘85) Principal, Ewell & Associates, LLC

Michael Vomund

Van Ton-Quinlivan

Tracey Edwards (JD ‘81, LLM ‘83) Treasurer, Board of Trustees (retired) former Managing Principal, Global Shared Services Deloitte

Michael E. Vomund is currently vice president, Americas Products West, for Chevron. Michael joined Chevron in 1988, and over the years has held various engineering, marketing, environmental and safety, operations, and corporate staff positions of increasing responsibility in North America and Africa. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Golden Gate University and is a member of the California State Bar Association.

Frank Felicelli (MBA ‘82) (retired) former Managing Director and Regional Office Leader, Fiduciary Trust International of California Scot Ferrell (MBA ‘88) Managing Director Marsh & McLennan Companies Francis Ryu (JD ‘95) The Ryu Law Firm Van Ton-Quinlivan Executive-in-Residence, Institute for the Future Nancy Tully (JD ‘92) (retired) Attorney Janice Wilkins (MBA ‘87) (retired) former Vice President of Finance & Enterprise and Director of Internal Audit Intel Corporation Michael Vomund (JD ‘94) Vice President, Americas Products West Chevron Corporation

GGU & Study.com

Offer Affordable Bachelor’s Degrees

A newly formed relationship between Study.com’s Working Scholars program and GGU is giving students a flexible option to earn a bachelor’s degree in business management at a fraction of the cost. Study.com is an online education platform with more than 150 courses recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). Its Working Scholars program gives adult learners the opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s degree while still balancing a job and other commitments. Students in the Working Scholars program have the opportunity to finish their degree at GGU. Participants take free online credit-recommended courses through Study.com that transfer directly for credit to GGU. They take their remaining courses, including a capstone, through GGU at a significantly reduced tuition rate, earning a GGU degree upon completion.

Thank You

to Departing

“We want to meet students at the edge of their learning, whether they are online, on campus, or in hybrid classes,” said Marc Singer, dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at GGU. “Ultimately, we are focused on real-world professional training that develops critical thinking and inspires students to reach for their potential.

Board Members We want to express our deep appreciation to six departing board members who made significant contributions to GGU. They will be missed! Mark Anderson served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Golden Gate University for twelve years, from 2007 to 2019. Among many formal and informal board responsibilities over the years, Mark chaired the board with great skill and dedication for three years, during which time the university engaged a new president and developed a new strategic direction. Bruce Braden served with distinction as a member of the board for nine years and was the driving force and generous benefactor in the creation of the Bruce Braden School of Taxation.

New Alumni

Elisha Finney served on the board from 2014 through 2018. She ably chaired the Academic Policy Committee and brought her significant organizational and strategic expertise to the work of the Board. Michael Goldsmith has served with distinction for 12 years, from 2008 to 2019, chaired the Audit Committee, and served on the Law School Task Force and the Executive Committee. Michael served as a model of dedication and commitment to the university, and has been an outspoken and heartfelt advocate for GGU’s Bridge Society. Rosemary Martin served loyally for nine years, from 2009 to 2019. Among many responsibilities, Rosemary served with distinction on the Academic Policy and Development committees, and she

Jeff Darger

championed the needs of students and families. Rosemary has given extraordinary gifts to the university that will advance the lives and careers of many students. Ted Mitchell has served twelve years, from 2006 to 2019, and he served as a member and chair of the Finance and Operations Committee, chair of the Academic Policy Committee, and a member of the Executive and Investment committees. Ted has given GGU an extraordinary and unprecedented 50 years of continuous teaching as an adjunct professor and was named Distinguished Adjunct Professor Emeritus, the first ever award of emeritus status to an adjunct faculty member.

Ryan Griffith

Project Manager at Demandbase

In-house Counsel at Bay Area Receivership Group

Jenny Liang

Dr. Benjamin J. Shuford III

Emmanuel Hyppolite

Manager, Business and Project Controls at PG&E


Members Tax Consultant at Deloitte

IT Analyst at VA Palo Alto Healthcare System

Tanisha Smith

Director of Operations, HR at Greenough Consulting Group

President Fike

Rounds Out Leadership Team As part his ongoing commitment to strengthening leadership capacity to catalyze change, President Fike made several key hires this past year. In August, Joshua L. Burgher joined GGU as CFO and vice president for Finance and Administration. Burgher has had a distinguished career in higher education, most recently working at Columbia University, where he was instrumental in producing significant growth in enrollment and revenue. His financial planning and operations, risk management, human resources management, information technology infrastructure and services, facilities, public safety, and auxiliary services. Natalie Mazanowski joined the senior leadership team in January as vice president for Strategic Communications to establish the Office of Strategic Communications & Marketing, which will ensure market relevance and en-

rollment growth while supporting engagement and improving awareness. Mazanowski is a seasoned marketing, communications and enrollment professional, most recently serving as vice president of integrated marketing and communications and interim vice president for enrollment at John Carroll University in Cleveland. The school has also welcomed two deans. Marc Singer joined GGU as dean of the new School of Undergraduate Studies in December 2018. His previous experience as a champion of higher education for adult and non-traditional learners, and innovative solutions to their educational and career challenges, dovetails with GGU’s long-time commitment in these areas. His experience of streamlining processes, strengthening standards, and providing greater flexibility and access to adult students will serve GGU well

Butz Library Dedication The business and law libraries now carry a new name. At a June dedication ceremony, the libraries were named in memory of Otto Butz and in honor of his wife Velia. Otto was GGU president from 1970 to 1992, a period of rapid expansion for the university. The library also features a

display of Otto Butz memorabilia and shelving dedicated to staff and faculty publications. From left to right: President David Fike Sylvia Rosales-Fike Velia Butz, and Board of Trustees Chair Randy Merk

From left to right: Joshua Burgher Amy McLellan Natalie Mazanowski Marc Singer

into the future. His domains of expertise include assessment of students’ prior work and life experience, credit through testing, and self-paced study. He also has experience with government and employer partnerships, and developing credential-level programs to advance careers of working adults. Amy B. McLellan joined GGU as dean of the Braden School of Taxation and director of the LLM Taxation and Estate Planning programs in April. Her arrival marks the beginning of a groundbreaking joint program between tax and law and signifies another innovative step toward preparing students for today’s merging worlds. McLellan brings extensive experience in law, taxation, administration, and management. Most recently, she served as professor at the University of Denver’s Graduate Program in Taxation and director of Online Education.

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