2023-2024 Catalog 
    Apr 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Institutional Overview


Alliant International University is a private, Public Benefit university accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) which offers programs in psychologyeducationbusiness managementforensic studieslaw, and nursing. Alliant’s mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership, and to promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

Alliant operates six California campuses in Fresno, Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area, a new campus in Phoenix, Arizona, a growing online campus, and a medical school in Mexico City, Mexico.

In addition to its institutional accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Alliant seeks programmatic specialty accreditation to provide value for students, ensure quality and contribute to the professional discipline. Nine U.S.-based doctoral clinical psychology programs are independently accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Marital and family therapy programs are accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Marital and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Education credential and certificate programs are approved in California by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Elementary and secondary teacher education programs are approved by the Arizona State Board of Education (AZSBE). And, Business and management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Nursing programs have provisional approval by Arizona Board of Nursing (AZBN).

In 2015, Alliant International University became the first standalone university to be Certified as a Public Benefit institution. Since then, we have been recertified every three years. Through this certification, we bring transparency and accountability to fulfilling our role as a leader in social responsibility and continue our commitment to not only be the best in the world, but the best for the world.

Alliant International University is committed to:

  1. Excellent academic programs with an orientation toward preparing students for careers as professional practitioners;
  2. Outstanding faculty experienced in training people for professional practice roles in their respective disciplines;
  3. Commitment to inclusive excellence in program and activities;
  4. Preparing students for to make an impact in their communities; and
  5. A diverse student, faculty and staff with from different cultures and backgrounds.

Vision and Mission Statement

Our Mission: Alliant International University prepares students for professional careers of service and leadership, and promotes the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world.

Our Vision: An inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

Alliant’s Four Pillars

1. Education for Professional Practice
Alliant’s educational programs are designed to give students the knowledge, skills and ethical values they need to serve and lead effectively in a variety of professional settings. Alliant graduates are expected to achieve mastery of a body of knowledge and be able to apply that knowledge in professional practice in order to achieve desired and beneficial outcomes.

2. Scholarship
Scholarship in the Alliant context includes the discovery of new knowledge; the discovery of new applications of knowledge to solve practical problems; the integration of knowledge in new ways; and innovation in teaching knowledge and professional competencies.

3. Multicultural and International Competence
Alliant is an inclusive institution committed to serving diverse populations around the world by preparing professionals to work effectively across cultural and national boundaries; by increasing the number of professionals working in underserved areas; and by understanding and responding to the needs of diverse communities.

4. Community Engagement
Alliant’s faculty, students, alumni and staff are dedicated to making a positive difference in the world through professional education and practice. We measure the success of our university in part by the impact we have, both directly and indirectly, on the welfare of individuals, families, organizations and communities.

Core Values

Our Institutional values are embodied in the mantra of IMPACT.

I - Inclusion

We are committed to inclusive excellence; we value, include, and engage the rich diversity of the Alliant community.

M - Mentorship

We foster learning, provide guidance, and create enabling environments that contribute to the success of students, colleagues, and the University.

P - Passion

We bring our enthusiasm, creativity, and authentic selves to work each day.

A - Accountability

We are responsible stewards of University time and resources, work with integrity, and embrace the highest of standards.

C - Communication
We are responsive, transparent, and respectful in our communication.

T - Teamwork
We collaborate across all University domains to develop innovative and multifaceted solutions to student, organizational, and community needs.


Alliant International University, in its current form, is a combination of three legacy institutions: San Francisco Law School founded in 1909, United States International University (USIU) founded in 1927, and the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) founded in 1969. In 2001, USIU and CSPP merged, forming Alliant with San Francisco Law School (SFLS) joining in 2010. From 1909 to the present, one constant among these institutions has been a legacy of empowerment and impact. We have kept the tradition of employing noteworthy faculty and graduating students dedicated to making a difference. Together they have impacted the world in a profound way.

Alliant’s history begins in 1909 when the San Francisco Law School first opened its doors in the Bay Area. SFLS was the first evening law program in the western United States and was among the first law schools to actively recruit women. SFLS continues to serve students who may not have the opportunity to pursue traditional legal education. Former California Governor Edmund Pat Brown, former Lieutenant Governor Leo T. McCarthy, and former Undersecretary of the United States Department of Energy Joseph F. Salgado are graduates of the Law School.

In 1927, Leland Ghent Stanford chartered a private, graduate institution called Balboa Law College, the first law school in San Diego. Balboa Law College expanded undergraduate and graduate studies in new disciplines, beginning with the Department of Accounting in 1945 and changed its name to Balboa University. In 1952, Balboa University was renamed again to California Western University and relocated to Point Loma, west of downtown San Diego.

In 1968, the undergraduate and graduate programs moved to the current Scripps Ranch location in northeast San Diego and became United States International University (USIU). During the 1970s, USIU became a center for humanistic psychology with a faculty that included Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, and Victor Frankl. Igor Ansoff, one of the founders of the field of strategic management, was also a long-time faculty member.

The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) was founded in 1969 by the California Psychological Association to train doctoral level psychologists who matched the diversity of California residents. CSPP was one of the first free-standing schools of professional psychology in the nation. At the time, most clinical psychologists were trained in research universities. CSPP took an innovative approach integrating classroom learning with application of knowledge in a variety of field placements, a departure from the prevalent focus on theory and research. Founding President, Dr. Nicholas Cummings, was later president of the American Psychological Association.

The first CSPP schools began instruction in September 1970, on the Los Angeles and San Francisco campuses. Later CSPP opened campuses and programs in San Diego, Fresno, Sacramento, Irvine, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Mexico. At the turn of the millennium, CSPP renamed itself Alliant University when all CSPP campuses merged under one WASC accreditation.

In 2001, USIU and CSPP joined forces to become Alliant International University. In 2010, the San Francisco Law School became part of Alliant. In 2014, SFLS began a law program at Alliant’s San Diego campus.

In 2015, Alliant International University transitioned to a public benefit corporation structure that has provided new opportunities for growth while retaining a primary commitment to Alliant’s social benefit mission of education and professional training. That year also saw the creation of the Alliant Educational Foundation, an independent, non-profit organization that supports Alliant students, faculty, and new initiatives. The foundation oversees scholarships, donations, grants, contracts, research and other areas of philanthropic collaboration with the university.

Today, Alliant is comprised of six schools, California School of Professional Psychology, California School of Education, California School of Management and Leadership, California School of Forensic Studies, San Francisco Law School, and School of Nursing and Health Sciences and has locations in six California cities San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno, Sacramento, and Irvine along with a new campus in Phoenix, Arizona and a medical school in Mexico City, Mexico. Alliant is also proud to offer a variety of accredited online programs in education, business, and psychology.

Professional Practice Competencies

To achieve its vision as a professional practice university, Alliant has adopted a set of professional practice competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) that all students should master at levels appropriate to their degree programs. These competencies must be learned and practiced in the context of Alliant’s core values. The competencies were based on existing core competencies and student learning outcomes in Alliant schools and programs, and on an evaluation of competencies necessary for professional practice in communities around the world.

The Alliant Professional Practice Competencies are organized as A(lliant) IMPACT:

A - A discipline-specific body of knowledge and research/scholarship

Students master a discipline-specific body of knowledge and gain competency in research/scholarship at levels appropriate to their degree programs.

I - Insight into the context of practice

Students place issues or problems encountered in their professions in their appropriate and relevant contexts.

M - Multicultural/inter-national competence (I-MERIT)

Students have an awareness of, respect for, and curiosity about multicultural and international similarities and differences; knowledge of frameworks for exploring the similarities and differences; and skills in applying the frameworks in interpersonal and professional contexts.

P - Professional literacies

Students achieve language literacy, data literacy, information literacy, and organization/community (systems) literacy at the appropriate educational/ professional level.

A - Application of knowledge and research/scholarship in new ways

Students possess the reflective abilities skills to connect theories and research/ scholarship to immediate issues in professional practice and the skills to apply appropriate models, strategies and interventions in new ways.

C - Conduct, judgment, dispositions and ethics

Students demonstrate ethical conduct in all aspects of personal interactions and professional practice.

T - Team-based and multidisciplinary approaches

Students collaborate with other professionals or teams, integrating information and implementing knowledge across disciplines and domains to develop creative, multi-faceted responses to community needs.

Each program at Alliant aligns these overarching University competencies with its program-specific and discipline-specific competencies or student learning outcomes appropriate to the program degree level.

Co-Curricular Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will understand, locate, and actively access necessary services and support throughout their programs that improve their academic success and educational experience.
  2. Students will be knowledgeable about the curricular sequence, program requirements, program and professional exams, and field training requirements that will lead to on-time completion and strong preparation for professional success.
  3. Students will improve professional communication skills and information literacy.
  4. Students will engage in opportunities that enhance their ability to apply multicultural and inclusion practices with others from diverse backgrounds so that all are welcomed, valued, and can thrive academically and professionally in the Alliant community.
  5. Students will engage in professions-based co-curricular activities that support the achievement of academic program outcomes.
  6. Students will be able to identify their career interests and understand employment paths and employer requirements to prepare to transition to a career after graduation/completion.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Inclusive Excellence

Alliant International University welcomes a student body, faculty and staff population, and guests who represent a wide range of identities and backgrounds; at the core of who we are as an institution is the commitment to ensuring that all feel valued and respected. Inclusive excellence indicates that all students, faculty, and staff can excel in a safe and inclusive learning environment where they can develop and thrive without having to compromise important aspects of their identity, and that diversity and inclusion are proactively embedded throughout the university as a foundation for its success. Inclusive excellence means that knowledge, mastery, achievement, and success are distributed equitably across all students and members of the university, and that diversity and inclusion are systematically leveraged to catalyze student learning, educational excellence, and institutional excellence.

Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Mission Statement:

The mission of the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at Alliant International University is to promote an academically enriching and supportive climate that allows all members of our community to thrive and succeed. The Office of DEIB collaborates with units on campus to provide a comprehensive, university-wide approach to diversity, inclusivity, access, and equity. Through strategic planning and programmatic development, we empower students, faculty, and staff to build a diverse and inclusive campus community. The Office of DEIB strives to transform our academic community into an environment where all will thrive and grow as they recognize their value in an ever-changing global community.

Center for Inclusive Excellence:

The Center for Inclusive Excellence (CIE) is designed to elevate, celebrate, and promote an inclusive campus climate through collaboration, support, targeted programming, professional development, advocacy, policy recommendation, and the facilitation of cross-cultural resources. The goal of this center is to foster an affirming campus community that is engaged in embedding the core principles of Alliant’s IMPACT Values through academic excellence, commitment to social justice, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Office of DEIB Areas of Focus:

Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) partners with all sectors of Alliant International University to create a multicultural and globally responsive university. Office of DEIB key areas of focus:

  1. Campus Climate and Intergroup Relations
  2. Access and Retention
  3. Institutional Systems & Structure
  4. Education, Scholarship & Research

Many Alliant faculty are national or global experts in multicultural and/or international issues in psychology, education, business and management, and related fields. All Alliant academic programs include attention to developing students’ international and multicultural responsiveness, so that students gain the awareness, knowledge, and skills that will prepare them to work effectively with diverse populations, including traditionally underserved and marginalized populations, throughout the world.

University’s Self-Evaluation Process (Program Improvements)

Alliant is committed to program improvement through external and internal review. Professional, governmental, and other accrediting organizations engage in cyclical program-based review to ensure organizational- or agency-developed standards are met.   

As part of professional accreditation processes, a program may establish an improvement plan or make changes to improve program outcomes. More information on changes currently being made to improve the program, if any are underway, are available from the Program Director.

University Program Review Process

A University Program Review process ensures programs consistently assessed and revised as needed. The overarching purpose of Alliant’s Program Review process is to ensure that programs take a planned and thoughtful approach to quality enhancement and improving student learning and student success. The process is designed to promote: 

  1. Alignment of the program with the School and university mission;
  2. Program self-reflection, planning and change, based on determined strengths, weaknesses and data;
  3. Program modifications and enhancements leading to improved student success and programs that respond to the needs of employers and the profession;
  4. Improved assessment practices;
  5. Consistent incorporation of key data and performance indicators into Program decision making; and
  6. Overall Program quality.

Intensive Reviews

Programs undergo Intensive Review every 6-7 years; these reviews may include specialty accreditation program reviews. 

As part of the Intensive Review process, programs submit self-evaluations addressing institutional standards and guidelines. Program reviewers provide evaluation reports program strengths and areas for improvement. The programs then address any areas for improvement, working closely with the School Dean.

Changes made in the program curricula to improve the programs appear in a subsequent Alliant catalog.


Alliant International University has six California locations in Fresno, Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and also offers distance learning programs and a medical program through St. Luke Medical School in Mexico City, Mexico.

Instruction may be provided on-ground, online or in hybrid modalities, and varies by program. For on-ground programs, instruction is primarily provided at one of the campus locations; however, some instructional activities may take place off campus at a location appropriate for the particular activity, including, but not limited to, online courses or online portion of courses, internships, practicums, or field placement activities.

San Diego (includes President’s and Provost’s Office)
10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92131-1799
(858) 271-4300

Alliant’s San Diego campus is located in the north-east quadrant of the city in Scripps Ranch suburb, about ten miles east of the ocean and fifteen miles northeast of downtown. The campus has multiple classroom buildings, one large lecture hall, the University Student Center, and offsite student housing. The buildings also contain conference rooms, two computer labs, video conferencing facilities, WiFi across the campus and plenty of places to study alone or in small groups. In the middle of the campus is the Walter Library, home to the San Diego circulating and reference collection.

5130 East Clinton Way
Fresno, CA 93727-2014
(559) 456-2777

Alliant’s Fresno Campus is located in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The Fresno campus has a variety of classrooms, which include computer labs, and a teaching computer classroom. Classroom resources include computers with online access, video equipment, scanners, and statistical and data processing facilities. A library is also located on campus.

Jamboree Business Center
2855 Michelle Drive, Suite 300
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 833-2651

Alliant’s Irvine campus is located in Orange County, which lies between Los Angeles and San Diego. The campus has five classrooms, a conference room, a student lounge, a computer lab, a cross-cultural room and an information resource center. The Irvine Library houses a collection of books focusing on the subjects of clinical and forensic psychology, family therapy, education and multiculturalism. It also has computer stations, printing, and study space available for student use. All classrooms are equipped with smart TVs and WiFi connectivity is available.

Los Angeles
1000 South Fremont Avenue, Unit 5, Bldg 7/8
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 284-2777

Alliant’s Los Angeles campus is located in Alhambra, in the western San Gabriel region of Los Angeles County. The campus houses a variety of classrooms, including an integrated computer classroom, a computer laboratory, group study spaces, one faculty lounge, and a student lounge. All classrooms are equipped for multimedia and web conferencing WiFi connectivity available throughout the campus. The campus library is located adjacent to the classrooms.

2030 W. El Camino Ave., Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 565-2955

Alliant’s Sacramento campus is located in California’s capital. The campus occupies multiple classrooms, space for student/faculty research, and student service delivery points in addition to the library. Many classrooms are equipped with projection screens, as well as WiFi connectivity.

San Francisco Bay Area
1475 66th St. Suite 104,
Emeryville, CA 94608
(415) 955-2100

Alliant’s San Francisco campus Bay Area campus is located in Emeryville in the East Bay. The campus houses classrooms, a student lounge area, and a computer lab. The Hurwich Library offers psychology and education collections, and classrooms are equipped with video equipment WiFi is available on campus.

Phoenix, Arizona
3110 N. Central Avenue
Suite G-125
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(866) 825-5426

The newest of our nine locations, the Phoenix campus is home to the Alliant School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Located in Park Central, the campus is outfitted with a state-of-the-art facility featuring various simulation labs, fully equipped classrooms, and the latest technological tools to help students develop the skills they need to succeed.


Institutional Accreditation

Alliant International University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Commission can be contacted at:

WASC Senior College and University Commission
1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 402, Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: (510) 748-9001
Web: www.wscuc.org

Program-specific Accreditation and Approval

Many Alliant programs are further accredited and/or approved by agencies specific to their professions. These include:

Education and Teaching

The Arizona Teaching Certification programs are approved by the Arizona State Board of Education. The Arizona State Board of Education can be contacted at:

1700 W. Washington Street Executive Tower, Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-5057
Web: https://azsbe.az.gov

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing approves credential programs offered by Alliant’s California School of Education. The Commission can be contacted at:

1900 Capitol Ave., Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (888) 921-2682
Web: www.ctc.ca.gov

Psychology and Mental Health

The California School of Professional Psychology’s Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs offered on the Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco campuses are individually accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Questions related to a program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

The Couple and Family Therapy master’s and doctoral programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The Commission can be contacted at:

112 S Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 838-9808 / Email: coamfte@aamft.org
Web: www.coamfte.org

Management and Leadership

Alliant International University’s California School of Management and Leadership (CSML) has received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for its PhD in Leadership, Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), MBA, MS in Data Analytics, and BS in Business Administration (BSBA) degree programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes offered within CSML’s programs meet the rigorous educational standards established by said accrediting body, which is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education across the country. ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize teaching excellence through its recognition of business education programs throughout the world. ACBSP can be contacted at:

11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213
Phone: (913) 339-9356
Web: https://acbsp.org


SFLS is a Registered Unaccredited Law School.

The method of instruction at this law school for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree program is principally by technological means including interactive classes.

Students enrolled in the J.D. degree program at this law school who successfully complete the first year of law study must pass the First-Year Law Students’ Examination required by Business and Professions Code § 6060(h) and Title 4, Division 1, Chapter 1 Rule 4.3(I) of the of the Rules of the State Bar of California as part of the requirements to qualify to take the California Bar Examination. A student who passes the First-Year Law Students’ Examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it will receive credit for all legal studies completed to the time the examination is passed. A student who does not pass the examination within three (3) administrations of the examination after first becoming eligible to take it must be promptly disqualified from the law school’s J.D. degree program. If the dismissed student subsequently passes the examination, the student is eligible for re-enrollment in this law school’s J.D. degree program, but will receive credit for only one year of legal study.

Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice in jurisdictions other than California. A student intending to seek admission to practice law in a jurisdiction other than California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding the legal education requirements in that jurisdiction for admission to the practice of law.


Alliant has received provisional approval from the Arizona Board of Nursing (AZBN) for its nursing programs.

The Arizona Nursing Board of Nursing can be reached at:

1740 W Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 771-7800
Web: www.azbn.gov/

Partnerships & Affiliations

At Alliant International University, we believe in fostering partnerships that help match the needs of businesses with the skills, talents, and expertise of our faculty and students.

We specialize in establishing educational alliances that enrich learning, improve existing training, and help organizations meet their education and consultation goals. Through an Alliant partnership, organizations will benefit from access to a broad talent base across a variety of disciplines.

Current partners:

  • Adventist Health White Memorial Hospital
  • Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA)
  • Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)
  • California Association of School Psychologists (CASP)
  • California Charter School Association
  • Charter Schools Development Center
  • Chino Valley Unified School District
  • Crittenton Services for Children and Families
  • Dysart Unified School District
  • EnCorps STEM Teachers Program
  • Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
  • HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society)
  • Imperial County Office of Education
  • International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association (ILEETA)
  • Jack in the Box
  • Kaiser Mental Health Scholars Program
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Oakland Unified School District
  • Orange County Department of Education
  • Pendergast Elementary School District
  • San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
  • San Diego County Office of Education
  • San Francisco Unified School District
  • Telecare
  • Trier University - Germany
  • World Academic - Israel

For additional information and contacts, please visit https://www.alliant.edu/admissions/partnerships-and-affiliations.

Consumer Information

Alliant is committed to providing clear and accurate information to all prospective and current students. In pursuit of this goal, and in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Alliant has created a Consumer Information webpage, which can be found at https://www.alliant.edu/consumer-information/. The Consumer Information page presents a variety of policies, procedures, and other important information and disclosures for prospective/current students, parents, employees, and the public. Please note that due to the evolving nature of federal, state, and institutional guidelines, the information contained on the Consumer Information page is subject to change.

Bankruptcy Statement

Alliant does not have a pending petition in bankruptcy, is not operating as a debtor in possession, has not filed a petition within the preceding five years, and has not had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under Chapter 22 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (22 U.S.C. Sec. 1101 et seq.).

Institutional Authority

Alliant International University reserves the right to take disciplinary action against any student who violates University policies and procedures or applicable local, state, or federal laws.

Violations of University Policies and Procedures

Alliant International University has developed policies and procedures to comply with accreditation standards and applicable regulations. Violations will subject students to disciplinary action and sanctions up to and including dismissal from the university.

Violations of Law

Violations of federal, state, and local laws are incorporated as offenses under the Student Code of Conduct. When an offense occurs over which the University has institutional authority, the University conduct process will usually go forward notwithstanding any criminal charges that may arise from the same incident. Should a student withdraw from the university when criminal charges are made, it is the typical practice of the University to pursue investigation and resolution of conduct matters, regardless of whether the student has withdrawn or not.

When criminal charges are pending, the University may be delayed or prevented from conducting its own investigation, and moving forward with a hearing. In such cases, the University will delay its hearing until it can conduct an internal investigation or obtain from law enforcement sufficient information upon which to proceed.


Arist Education System LLC is a Delaware limited liability company whose duration is perpetual. Arist owns 100% of Alliant’s outstanding common and preferred stock.

Governance and Management

Alliant is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board delegates day-to-day management responsibility to the President.

The President is supported by a Cabinet that includes: Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Chief Operations Officer; Chief Financial Officer; Vice President of Marketing; Vice President of Student Affairs; General Council/Chief Compliance Officer; Systemwide Human Resources Director; Chief Information Officer; Associate Provost for Institutional Research; Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships; Assistant Vice President of Communications; Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Director of Partnership Development; Assistant Vice President of Admissions; Faculty Senate Chair; and Staff Council Chair.

Alliant’s six Schools, the California School of Professional Psychology, the California School of Education, the California School of Management and Leadership, the California School of Forensic Studies, the San Francisco Law School and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences are led by a Dean or other senior administrator who report to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Alliant locations are served by a Campus Director (CD), or other administrative leadership. The CDs are charged with providing leadership and guidance for the campus community, coordinating campus activities, and overseeing student services and basic campus functions.

At each location, the core faculty members are organized into a Faculty Assembly. There is also a system-wide Faculty Senate with representatives from each location and school. Faculty are directly involved in all aspects of academic programs including student recruitment, selection, monitoring, evaluation, curriculum development, faculty recruitment, and performance monitoring.

Policy recommendations often originate from standing and ad hoc committees of faculty, staff and/or student representatives. Alliant’s Staff Council represents the voice of staff in institutional decision making. The Student Government Association (SGA) represents all students. The Association is a self-governing body involved in developing an effective student role in institutional life, student welfare, and the quality of education.

Board of Trustees

Members of the Board of Trustees are:

Joyce Berenstein, J.D.

Carolyn Hickman, PhD

William Husson, PhD

Jeffrey Keith (chair)

Erika Kirchner, MBA

Ron Longinotti

James Lyons, PhD

Lawrence Moore, PhD

Natalie Porter, PhD

Andy Vaughn, MSEd

Systemwide Administration

Office of the President

Andy Vaughn, MSEd
President and Chief Executive Officer

Afshin Afrookhteh, PhD, JD
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Amy Kwiatkowski, MAOM
Chief Operations Officer

Christoph Winter, MS, ACCA, CBA, CIA
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance

Cielo Villaseñor
Assistant Vice President, Office of Communications

Josh Blazer
Chief Information Officer

Esmeralda Silva
Vice President for Student Affairs

Andrea Boozer
Vice President of People & Culture

Mohamed Ahmed, PhD
Director, Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Office of the Provost

Tracy L. Heller, PhD
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Patty Mullen
Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Accreditation Liaison Officer to WASC Senior College and University Commission

Diana M. Concannon, PsyD, PCI
Associate Provost, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships


Diana Concannon, PsyD
Dean - California School of Forensic Studies (CSFS)

Debra Kawahara, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs - California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP)

Rachna Kumar, PhD
Dean - California School of Management and Leadership (CSML)

Sherrie Palmieri, DNP, MBA, RN, CNE, NPD-BC, CPHQ
Dean - School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS)

Kristy Pruitt, EdD
Dean - California School of Education (CSOE)

David G. Stewart, PhD, ABPP
Dean - California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP)

Timothy Weimer
Dean - San Francisco Law School (SFLS)

Stephanie Wood, PhD
Associate Dean for Training and Administration - California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP)

Student Service Administration

Ashley Carter, EdD
Associate Vice President of Student Engagement (Ground Campuses)

Angela Erdman, MBA
Associate Vice President of Student Engagement (Online)

Richard Gardner
Director, Student Learning Support Services

Michelle Jackson, MBA
Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs

Lionel Remesha, MIBA
Associate Director, International Student Services
San Diego

Deborah Spindler
University Director, Student Financial Services
San Diego

Michael Sulger
University Director of Student Business Services
San Diego

Paul Welch
University Registrar
San Diego

Scott Zimmer, MLS, JD
University Librarian
San Diego

On-Site Administration


Debra Bekerian, PhD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PhD Program, CSPP

Ya-Shu Liang, PhD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PsyD Program, CSPP

David Paul, PhD
Systemwide Program Director, Clinical Counseling, CSPP

Louise Colbert-Mar
Director, Library Services

Gabriel Prendez
Director, Campus and Student Services

Manijeh Daneshpour, PhD
Systemwide Program Director, Couple and Family Therapy, CSPP

Raji Natrajan-Tyagi, PhD
Branch Director, Couple and Family Therapy, CSPP

Michele Pino
Director, Campus and Student Services

Scott Zimmer, MLS, JD
Director, Library Services

Los Angeles
Stephanie Byers-Bell
Regional Director of Campus and Student Services

Molly Burrets, PhD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PhD Program, CSPP

Cristina Magalhaes, PhD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PsyD, CSPP

Kimberly Gardner, MS
​Director, Campus and Student Services

Tatiana Glebova, PhD
Branch Director, Couple and Family Therapy, CSPP

Eunie Jung, PhD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PsyD, CSPP

Kristen Bahler

San Diego
Carolyn Allard, PhD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PhD, CSPP

Dawn Griffin, PhD
Program Director, Undergraduate Psychology, CSPP

Kenneth Kelch, EdD
Systemwide Program Director, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Language Education, CSOE

Mojgan Khademi, PsyD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PsyD, CSPP

Cassondra Lochard, PhD
Program Director, Undergraduate General Education

Saba Ozyurt, PhD
Program Director, Undergraduate Business and Management Programs and MBA, CSML

Chris Pilkington, EdD
Program Director, Education Leadership and Management, CSOE

Huiyu Qian, PhD
Program Director, DBA and PhD in Leadership Programs, CSML

Jonathan Vega
Director, Campus and Student Services

Aaron Wester, PhD
Program Director, MS in Data Analytics Program, CSML

Scott R. Woolley, PhD
Branch Director, Couple and Family Therapy, CSPP

Scott Zimmer, MLS, JD
Director, Library Services

San Francisco
Julie Cosenza, PhD
Director of Campus Services

Clare Henn-Haase, PsyD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PhD, CSPP

Valata Jenkins-Monroe, PhD
Program Director, Clinical Psychology PsyD, CSPP

Dean Jones, MLS
Director, Library Services


James Adams, PsyD, ABSNP
Systemwide Program Director, Educational Psychology, CSOE

Tamara Andersen, EdD
Director of Clinical Practice, CSOE

Evangeline Akridge, PsyD, LEP
Program Director, School Psychology and School Counseling, CSOE

Marion Chiurazzi, PsyD
Program Director, Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, CSFS

Grant Gordon
Campus Director, Online Campus

Alex Hsieh, PhD
Branch Director Online, Couple and Family Therapy, CSPP

Lissa Parker, PhD
Program Director, Master of Science, Forensic Behavioral Sciences, CSFS

Tatiana Rivadeneyra, EdD
Program Director, Teacher Education, CSOE