»Executive V.P. Harold W. Hewitt Jr.

Harold W. Hewitt, Jr. has focused his career on identifying and resolving financial planning and management issues as well as providing strategic leadership at several Southern California non-profit institutions, primarily in the discipline of higher education, serving at several prominent California based institutions including:

  • VP for Business and Finance - Whittier College, 1989-1996
  • VP for Administration and Finance and CFO - Occidental College, 1996-2006
  • Association VP and CFO 2006 – Los Angeles Philharmonic 2007
  • Executive VP and COO Chapman University October 2007 – Present Day

Harold continues to volunteer his personal time serving higher education through his involvement in multiple professional associations and has made various presentations during national and regional professional conferences. Harold has served on professional association committees and various accreditation teams, organized two PAC-CON annual meetings and one international academic conference.

He serves as a Commissioner for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as well as the chair of the Finance and Operations Committee; chair of the Financial Issues Task Force, a sub-committee of the WASC Handbook Revision Steering Committee; co-chair of WASC’s Substantive Change Committee; co-convener for the PAC-CON 2009 Conference; a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Tuition Discounting Survey Advisory Board; chairman of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO) 2010 Host Committee; chair of the 2012 West Coast Comprehensive Institutions (WCCI) Host Committee. He will continue to serve as a WASC Commissioner through 2015.

+-Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

WASC, The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, was formed in 1962 to promote the welfare, interests, and development of education in the Western Region. Upon the formation of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Commission voted unanimously to accredit institutions that were previously accredited by the Association of American Universities, North Central Association.

WASC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, encompassing three accrediting commissions:

Accrediting Commission for Schools

4000+ K-12 and occupational schools in California, Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, and East Asia, with offices in Burlingame, CA and Temecula, CA

Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges

150 institutions in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Basin, with offices in Novato, CA

Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

161 institutions in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Basin, with offices in Alameda, CA

All three Commissions share the name "WASC" and function under a single Constitution. Each Commission has standards, policies, personnel procedures, and staff that are specific to that Commission and certified by the WASC Board of Directors. In order to comply with Federal law, the accredited institutions of the Senior College Commission formed an Association of Senior Colleges and Universities which has adopted bylaws, in accordance with the WASC Constitution, that define operational procedures for such things as the selection of Commission members and the structure and frequency of Commission meetings.

As described in the WASC Constitution, the WASC Corporate Board oversees the work of all three Commissions. It is comprised of nine members, three from each Commission, including the chairs from each. The WASC Board meets annually to certify the accrediting actions of the three Commissions, receive audits, and take action on business as necessary.

Recognition

Each of the three Commissions is reviewed periodically for renewal of recognition by the US Department of Education (USDOE). In addition, the Community and Senior College Commissions are reviewed periodically and are recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

For more information see  Types of Accreditation and Links to Other Accrediting Agencies

Senior Commission

The Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities is responsible for the evaluation of the quality and effectiveness of colleges and universities offering the baccalaureate degree and above in California, Hawaii, Guam and the Pacific Basin.

+-National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)

The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) is a membership organization representing more than 2,500 colleges, universities, and higher education service providers across the country and around the world. NACUBO was formed on June 23, 1962.

NACUBO specifically represents chief business and financial officers through advocacy efforts, community service, and professional development activities. The association's mission is to advance the economic viability and business practices of higher education institutions in fulfillment of their academic missions.

NACUBO membership is institutionally based and runs from June 1 through May 31 of the next year. Staff members of a member institution are eligible to receive benefits, including discounted products and services. Students and retired business officers may purchase an individual membership.

For more information on NACUBO, visit www.nacubo.org.

+-Western Association of College and University Business Officers

Since 1937, The Western Association of College and University Business Officers has offered business officers in the western region opportunities to develop professionally, to identify solutions for issues affecting higher education, and to share their expertise with their colleagues. Our membership includes institutions in 14 western United States, three Canadian Provinces, Mexico and other Pacific Rim nations.

WACUBO is one of four regional associations (Central, Eastern, Southern, Western) making up the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). Headquartered in Washington DC, NACUBO is well known for its informational resources and professional representations of the needs and interests of higher education.

For more information on WACUBO, visit www.wacubo.org.

+-PacCon

PACCON is a consortium of 28 west-coast, small, private liberal arts colleges and universities.  The members consist of chief financial and accounting officers.  Membership is by invitation only.


For more information on PacCon, visit www.paccon.org.

+-West Coast Comprehensive Institutions

WCCI is an informal group of fiscal officers serving private institutions of higher learning that are located in the western U.S.
Members of the organization convene once each year in the spring to discuss matters of mutual concern and importance.

For more information on WCCI, visit www.wccomprehensive.org.

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- Executive Vice President Harold W. Hewitt Jr.