Dr. Richard Winn to Deliver Keynote Address at California Southern University Commencement

Jul 9, 2015 by University Communications

Renowned leader in higher education to address graduates at August 8 ceremony

Dr. Richard Winn
Dr. Richard Winn

Irvine, California—July 10, 2015—California Southern University has announced that Dr. Richard Winn will deliver the keynote address at the university’s 37th annual commencement ceremony, held on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at The Irvine Barclay Theatre in Irvine, California.

A nationally recognized authority and leader in higher education, Dr. Winn is recently retired as Senior Vice President of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission, a regional accrediting agency serving public and private higher educational institutions throughout California, Hawaii and the Pacific. Dr. Winn played a critical role in ensuring that the Commission fulfills its mission to encourage continuous institutional improvement, assuring its membership, its constituencies and the public that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions to their students and the public good.

Prior to joining WASC, Dr. Winn was the Associate Dean for Curriculum at Western University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has also held faculty and educational leadership roles at Pacific Union College and a variety of other institutions and college systems. In addition, Dr. Winn has served three terms as a Member, Board of Examiners, for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes U.S. organizations for performance excellence in the business, healthcare, education and non-profit sectors.

“CalSouthern is thrilled and honored to have Dr. Winn deliver the keynote address at the university’s 2015 commencement ceremony,” says Dr. Caroll Ryan, CalSouthern’s President. “I had the pleasure to get to know Dr. Winn as CalSouthern worked through the application process for WASC accreditation. He is truly a visionary in higher education, and his insights and singular professionalism have had a profound impact on the university.”

In addition to Dr. Winn’s keynote address, other highlights of the commencement ceremony will include the presentation of the 2015 CalSouthern Difference Award, the President’s Award for Doctoral Project Excellence and the naming of the university’s Faculty Mentor of the Year, all in addition to honoring CalSouthern’s graduating class of 2015.

Members of the media and the public are invited to attend this year’s ceremony. Admission is complimentary. Details and registration information are available online.

About CalSouthern: Founded in 1978, California Southern University is an accredited university offering online degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels in business, law, criminal justice and psychology to a nationwide and international student body, utilizing a proprietary learning system. California Southern University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The DEAC is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). To learn more about CalSouthern, please visit www.calsouthern.edu.

University Communications
California Southern University
930 Roosevelt
Irvine, CA 92620
(800) 477-2254, ext. 4205
[email protected]



Subscribe to our email newsletter to receive updates


Take the first step - Call 800.477.2254