Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Jack Paduntin, President, Pacific Oaks College






Dr. Jack Paduntin brings more than 20 years of experience in higher education to his role of President of Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School. Dr. Paduntin started his academic career as Assistant Professor of Management at Brescia College, and has held various leadership positions including Associate Dean at California State University San Bernardino; Vice President of Institutional Research and Assessment at National University; President at National University International; and Vice President and Chief of Staff at John F. Kennedy University. In 2018, Dr. Paduntin supported the leadership transition at Pacific Oaks College when he served as Acting Dean of Academic Affairs. Most recently, he served as Chief Academic Officer for TCS Education System. Dr. Paduntin served on the board of examiners for the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award and continues to serve on accreditation visiting teams for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC).



Thursday, February 27, 2020 Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Sheila A. Thomas, Assistant Vice Chancellor, California State University System and Dr. Marshall W. Thomas, Director, Veterans Affairs California State University System














Dr. Sheila Thomas is the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) for the California State University (CSU) System.  She is a veteran administrator in the field of continuing higher education in both public and private institutions.  In her system role, Thomas facilities workforce development opportunities, strategic communication, policy review, advocates for self-support, oversees veterans’ affairs and co-manages Cal State Online.  She serves on industry advisory councils for healthcare and other high-demand fields.  Thomas has served as a board member for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), the National Professional Science Masters Association (NPSMA) and as an ACE women’s network representative.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific University, a master’s degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills, and a doctor of education degree from Northcentral University.  Thomas’ research interests include women in higher education leadership and succession planning.



Dr. Marshall W. Thomas is the Director of Veterans Affairs at the California State University Office of the Chancellor.  In that role, Marshall provides support and advocacy for military-affiliated students (veterans, service members, and dependents) and the people who serve them on our campuses. As an advocate for veterans in higher education, Marshall speaks frequently at colleges and universities about military culture and the impacts of military service on student-veterans. Marshall developed the VET NET Ally program to educate college and university faculty, staff, and administrators about student veterans. The four-hour seminar, which has been presented at more than 50 colleges and universities, is designed to create welcoming campus environments and visible networks of allies to student veterans. The VET NET Ally program has served as a model for similar programs at other colleges and universities.


Friday, February 28, 2020 Keynote Speaker: 

Dr. Marla Parker, Assistant Professor, California State University, Los Angeles





Dr. Marla Parker is a teacher, researcher, coach and advisor with academic and practical experience in public administration and higher education, particularly in the areas of cultural competency, human resource management, leadership, collaboration and entrepreneurship. In addition to professional training and teaching courses at CSU-LA, she is also a co-founder of the Civic and Social Innovation Group on campus, which promotes the use of innovation for social change.

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