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Executive Cabinet

Mary Aguayo

Vice President, Strategic Enrollment Management

Mary Aguayo provides strategic leadership and operational management focused on recruiting, enrolling, and graduating students through oversight of the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Extended Learning. She came to the University of La Verne in 2018 from the University of Wyoming. She has particular expertise in working with transfer students, access and equity, educational attainment, and institutional data analysis. She is active in AACRAO and is a frequent presenter on enrollment management topics both regionally and nationally. Aguayo holds a BA and a Masters of Public Administration, both from the University of Wyoming. In addition to her role at La Verne, Aguayo serves an Associate Consultant for Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

Juanda Daniel

University General Counsel

Juanda Lowder Daniel was appointed general counsel at the University of La Verne in December 2015. Prior to that, she served as university counsel for California State University, San Bernardino and California Maritime Academy. Daniel was also a full-time professor and administrator at the University of La Verne, College of Law. She spent a number of years as deputy city attorney for the Riverside City Attorney’s Office. She is admitted to practice in California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Washington.

Beatriz Gonzalez

Vice Provost & CDO & Professor of Educational Counseling

Beatriz Gonzalez is the chief diversity officer, vice provost, and professor of educational counseling at the University of La Verne. Gonzalez’ role underscores a unified approach to the retention of students, faculty, and staff with an intentional focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Within this integrative structure, the offices reporting directly to Gonzalez include: Wilson University Library, Center for Advancement of Faculty Excellence, Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, La Verne Experience, Academic Support & Retention, Office of Civic and Community Engagement, Student Affairs, and Sponsored Research & Programs.  Formerly, as vice president for planning and enrollment at St. Thomas University, Gonzalez had oversight of strategic planning, annual planning and assessment, institutional research, enrollment management, athletics, emergency management, and student affairs.

Gonzalez is a fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE) and a E. Kika De La Garza Fellow of the United States Department of Agriculture with an emphasis on Hispanic Serving Institutions. Gonzalez serves on the national Women’s Network Executive Council for ACE and is a Board member of the ¡Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund. Gonzalez is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Florida State Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling).

Clive Houston-Brown

Vice President, Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities & Safety

Clive Houston-Brown is responsible for all aspects of support for the university’s technology, physical plant, capital projects, campus safety, and human resources. He joined the University of La Verne in 1997 as the director of management information systems before transitioning to the role of chief information officer in 2000. Houston-Brown is an active member of the community; he occasionally teaches as adjunct faculty, serves as the District Grants Subcommittee chair of Rotary International District 5300, and is a member of Pomona First Baptist. He holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of La Verne.

Avo Kechichian

Chief Financial Officer

Avo Kechichian oversees all strategic financial planning and analysis for the University of La Verne and provides leadership to La Verne’s budgeting, financial strategic planning, resource allocation, business solutions, and development of operating strategies. He joined the university’s payroll office in 1985, has served in several positions within the Division of Financial and Business Services. Kechichian holds a MBA from La Verne.

Rod Leveque

Executive Director, Office of Strategic Communications

Rod Leveque is executive director of the Office of Strategic Communications, which encompasses advertising and marketing; digital communications; creative services; and public relations. He joined the University of La Verne in 2016 after six years of higher education communication and marketing experience at the Claremont Colleges.

He has managed integrated marketing campaigns, and secured high-profile media placements in outlets including ABC, BBC, Los Angeles Times, NPR, New York Times, MTV, Today Show, Washington Post, and many others. Prior to working in higher education, Rod was an editor and award-winning reporter for the Southern California News Group.

Sherri Mylott

Vice President, University Advancement

Sherri Mylott joined the University of La verne in February 2017 and serves as the vice president of University Advancement. She has more than 25 years of experience in development serving as vice president at institutions small and large and she has participated in five successful comprehensive campaigns. Recently, she served as vice president for development at Virginia Tech, where she led its eleven-unit university programs division in raising $373 million.

Mylott has developed and implemented successful fundraising strategies while creating entrepreneurial environments and a culture of collegiality. In each of her roles, she has been a successful principal gift fundraiser, has provided administrative oversight, and has mentored and trained development and alumni officers.

Mylott earned a BA from the College of William & Mary and a Masters of Public Administration from Old Dominion University, both in Virginia. She has also received a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and a Certificate in Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jonathan Reed

Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Prior to his appointment as provost, Jonathan Reed served the university as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a leading authority on the archaeology of early Christianity and has conducted research at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, the American Academy in Rome, and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. He is a professor of religious studies at La Verne and has been on the research council of Claremont Graduate University’s Institute for Antiquity and Christianity.

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