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From the President's Desk

Greetings from William Jessup University!

William Jessup University is experiencing record growth, record accomplishments by our alumni, and increasing impact on our world. Our graduates are transforming the world for the glory of God.

William Jessup University is growing fast. We have doubled in size the last three years and are on track to double again during these next few years. We fulfill our mission in the spirit of a family where we love one another and help each other to
achieve God’s best in our lives. Our University provides high quality Christ-centered higher education. Affordable excellence is available here at Jessup.

We prayed for you. Before we knew your name, and before we even met, we prayed for you. We are looking forward to meeting you as you become part of the Jessup family. You can be part of making history as a graduate of Jessup. We would love to have the opportunity to share in your life as we together seek to glorify God through William Jessup University.

John Jackson, Ph.D.
President

President

Dr. John Jackson

(2011-Present) President

  • University of California, Santa Barbara, M.A., Ph.D.
  • Fuller Theological Seminary, M.A.
  • Chapman University, B.A.

Prior to joining William Jessup University as its Sixth President in March 2011, John served as the Executive Director of Thriving Churches International and as a Senior Leader of Bayside Church, Granite Bay, California. He is the Founding Pastor of LifePoint Church in Minden, Nevada, and previously was the Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest (now Transformation Ministries) where he was responsible to serve more than 270 churches in four Western states. John also served as the Senior Pastor and in several staff roles at First Baptist Church of Oxnard and as the Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church of Buena Park. Dr. Jackson earned both his Ph.D. and M.A. in Educational Administration and Organizational Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A. in Theology (Christian Formation and Discipleship) at Fuller Theological Seminary; and a B.A. in Religion (Christian History and Thought) from Chapman University.

His strong background in executive and organizational leadership has given him the opportunity to come alongside high impact churches and leaders in national and global settings to strengthen their organizational leadership and communication skills. John is committed to leverage his Kingdom influence through strategic relationships.

Dr. Jackson has written and co-authored six books: Finding Your Place in God’s Plan, God Size Your Church, Leveraging Your Communication Style, Leveraging Your Leadership Style, Pastorpreneur and High Impact Church Planting.
Dr. Jackson is married to Pamela Harrison Jackson and they make their home in Rocklin, CA; they have 5 children, three of whom are married. They just welcomed a beautiful grand daughter to the family and another is on the way.

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Dennis Jameson

(2012-Present) Provost and Chief Academic Officer

  • (2011-12) Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • University of California Los Angeles, Ph.D.
  • Fuller Theological Seminary, D.Min.
  • University of Santa Clara M.A.
  • Assemblies of God Theological Seminary M.A.
  • Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Div.
  • Bethany College, B.Sc.
  • Diploma Instituto De La Lengua Espanola (Spanish Language and Culture)
  • Diploma Instituto Cultural Peruano, Norteamericano (Spanish and Peruvian Culture)

Dennis has a passion for the efficacy of the Christian liberal arts university as an expression of God’s grace to current and future generations and as a place in which great ideas are birthed and formed that can have profound transformational impacts on the world. William Jessup University is postured to become a major center for Christian higher education in Northern California and beyond. Serving the student population in undergraduate, continuing studies and post-baccalaureate studies, the university’s faculty is committed to providing the highest quality educational programs that embrace the values of leadership development, foundational study/knowledge of the liberal arts, whole-student and spiritual formation, diversity, and global awareness.

Jameson, a native Californian, has served in higher educational leadership as a faculty member and administrator for more than two decades during which time he has worked in colleges and universities in California, Illinois, South America, and Canada where he served for 12 years as a vice president and provost in Canada’s largest, privately-funded Christian liberal arts university. He has received more than a dozen academic awards, recognitions, and honors and is a member of several leading academic agencies, societies, and fellowships in the U.S. and Canada. His theoretical contributions are in the areas of adaptive pedagogies, organizational persistence-moral capital, experiential learning and spiritual formation in higher education where he has produced multiple volumes, scholarly papers, and conference presentations.

Chief Advancement Officer

Tom Sasser

  • Azusa Pacific University. BS Organizational Leadership
  • Fuller Theological Seminary. MA Theology

Tom has been leading individuals and organizations toward realizing their maximum potential for decades. His experience in business, the local church and the nonprofit sectors have positioned him well to serve to advance the mission of William Jessup University. He is passionate about “keeping the promise” to constituents and believes that excellence is ones greatest means of demonstrating the veracity of the life and message of Jesus Christ.

Tom and his wife Debbie are California natives and are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters. They enjoy the outdoors, travel, hosting guests in their home and investing in their local community.

Chief Operating Officer

Judy Rentz

  • (2011) Chief Operating Officer
  • BA, Point Loma Nazarene University, 1988
  • M.Ed, Grand Canyon University 2007
  • SHRM-SCP 2019

Judy Rentz serves as the University’s Chief Operating Officer and has been dedicated to Christ-centered education since 1989. Prior to coming to Jessup, she had the privilege of serving as a faculty member at Capital Christian School for many years. As an educator, Her passion has been to develop students from the foundations of faith and truth. Judy’s oversight includes Information Technology Services, Human Resources, Media Services, Facilities, Events and Conference Services, and Campus Safety.

Judy and her husband, Eddie, have served in church ministry together for nearly 30 years in a variety of roles. They have three adult children and a son-in-law who have all benefited greatly from an education at William Jessup University.

Chief Financial Officer

David J. Punt, CPA, CTP, MBA

  • University of California, Los Angeles, BA Business Economics, Accounting minor
  • Calvary Chapel Bible College, BA Biblical Studies

Mr. David Punt serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the University and is responsible for all aspects of the University’s fiscal strategy and financial operations.  Mr. Punt provides strategic management and leadership to the Business Office, Student Accounts, Auxiliary services, Risk Management and Real Property.  He plans and coordinates the preparation of the University’s budget, cash management, and provides financial statement and operational reports to the Executive Team and Board of Trustees.  Mr. Punt serves on the President’s Council and represents management on the Finance and Audit Committees of the Board.  Mr. Punt started his professional career as a CPA with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and after experience in banking and corporate finance, obtained his Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation. 

Prior to joining the University, he served as Chief Financial Officer for NOVO (formerly CRM) an international faith-based non-profit that focused on coaching and developing leaders worldwide.  Mr. Punt earned his M.B.A from William Jessup University, a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

David was raised in Orange County, California and grew up surfing and skateboarding.  He enjoys biking, camping in Yosemite, and the natural beauty of God’s creation outdoors.  David is married with 2 children and currently resides in Rocklin, CA.

Chief Student Life Officer and Associate Provost: Educational Effectiveness

Kay Llovio

  • (2012-present) Associate Provost for Student Development
  • (2004-present ) Professor, Practical Theology and Education
  • (1999-present) Accreditation Liaison Officer
  • (2000-2006) Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • (1999-2000) Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • (1990-2001) Professor and Chair, Christian Education Department
  • (1985-1990) Library Director
  • Ed.D., Organization & Leadership, University of San Francisco
  • Concentrations: Pacific Leadership International, International Adult Learning, Higher Education
  • Dissertation: “A Spiritual Dimension of Leadership: Hermeneutic Encounters within Cultural Milieu”
    • Research explores the centrality of belief systems to an expression of personal leadership style; the research was conducted on three continents with individuals from Asia, Europe, Central America, South America, North America, and Africa.
  • M.L.S., San Jose State University. Concentration: Academic Libraries
  • B.S., Bible and Theology, San Jose Bible College. Concentration: Christian Education

Kay believes education is more than learning job skills. She believes education is about knowledge, attitudes and values. To Kay, education is about being a better person, and she knows no better source for that than the Bible. But even more – what Kay loves about this sacred trust – is its connectedness throughout history (Hebrews 1:1-3; 11-12:2). For Kay, education is about learning who we are – who we can be – and how we want to invest our lives in the context of a history that far surpasses our individual lives.

Board of Trustees

Clifford Daugherty (Chair), President and Superintendent, Valley Christian Schools, San Jose, CA

Bonnie Gore (Vice Chair), Placer County Supervisor, District 1, Roseville, CA

Edward Lee (Secretary), Real Estate Developer; Healthcare Administrator, Elim Care, Inc., Granite Bay, CA

Steven Olds (Treasurer), Principal and CPA, Williams & Olds CPAs, Sacramento, CA

Laura Chiappe, Founder, HISTORY Rocks!, Charter School Contractor, El Dorado Hills, CA

Paul Edwards, Senior Pastor, Sun River Church, Rancho Cordova, CA

Jennifer Silva Griffin, ​Vice Principal of Academics, Valley Christian High School, San Jose, CA

Valerie Hanson, Regional Ministry Leader, El Dorado Hills, CA

John Jackson, President, William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA

Laurie Kubicek, Professor, Division of Criminal Justice, California State University, Sacramento, CA

Chris Mann, Principal, CPA/CFP, Mann, Urrutia, Nelson CPAs, Roseville and South Lake Tahoe, CA

Brett Neal, Public School Administrator, Lancaster School District, Lancaster, CA

Rick Pickering, CEO, California Exposition & State Fair, Sacramento, CA

Robert “Bob” Reeve, Retired CEO, Reeve-Knight Construction, Inc., Roseville, CA

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