California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) President Thomas A. Parham has been selected to serve on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). His three-year term on the board of commissioners began on July 1, 2021.
“I am honored by the WSCUC’s vote of confidence and am delighted to serve,” said Parham. “I look forward to assisting my colleagues in their important work, maintaining the quality, integrity, and equity of colleges and universities throughout the nation and world.”
The WSCUC is an institutional accrediting agency that works with a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions in the US and internationally. It engages in peer review of accredited institutions to encourage continuous improvement and to assure the membership and the public that the institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good.
Parham is one of six incoming WSCUC commissioners, and joins fellow California State University (CSU) presidents Ellen Junn (CSU Stanislaus) and Judy Sakaki (Sonoma State University) as new members on the commission.
“These new members add deep experience and further diversity to our distinguished Commission,” said WSCUC President Jamienne S. Studley. “Their leadership, knowledge, and commitment will help WSCUC serve students and advance key initiatives on equity and inclusion, standards review, governance, and financial sustainability.”
“We are truly grateful that President Parham has agreed to undertake this responsibility, especially given what a pivotal time this is for assuring confidence in accreditation and the value of postsecondary education.”