President, Chapman University
WHY: 13th president of Chapman, took over in September 2016. Author of more than 200 refereed publications, editor of several volumes. Has edited or co-authored more than 10 books. Previously served as Chapman’s chancellor.
RECENT: University placed No. 125 on the ranking of about 400 universities in the national category, according to U.S. News & World Report. Wife, Lisa Sparks, running for Congress.
QUOTABLE: “We get 15K applications a year and we’d like to meet that demand.”
FUN FACTS: Rolling Stones fan as a kid; favorite film, Bergman’s “Seventh Seal”; favorite book: Dante’s “Divine Comedy”; favorite TV show: “Breaking Bad.”