Executive Leadership

To best serve the dynamic needs of our learners and faculty, we have assembled a passionate and diverse leadership team. The Executive Leadership at CalSouthern works together to redefine higher education, ensure the success of our learners, and carry out the University’s vision and values.

Glenn Roquemore

Glenn R. Roquemore, PhD


Dr. Glenn Roquemore is CalSouthern’s sixth President. He brings 28 years of experience in higher education and academic leadership to the University and serves as the Chief Executive Officer with overall responsibility for ensuring academic program quality and effectiveness, a culture of compliance, full resource utilization in accordance with federal, state and local regulations, and university and sponsoring agency policies, procedures and accreditation requirements.

Brett Orourke

Brett O’Rourke, MBA

Executive Vice-President

As the senior member of the Executive Staff, he provides leadership, strategic planning, and collaborative support towards the actualization of the university’s mission and strategic goals while managing the overall operational components of the university. Through an entrepreneurial lens, he focuses on both the future success and day-to-day operations by leading the various divisions, departments, and functional units with a commitment to continuous improvement.

bonita nickle

Bonny S. Nickle, EdD

Vice-President, Instruction & Accreditation Liaison Officer

Dr. Nickle reports directly to the President and oversees all academic affairs for the University, including academic outcomes, performance metrics, strategic planning, and program evaluation. She is also responsible for assessment, accreditation, and the instructional quality of the University’s academic programs and services. Dr. Nickle is an experienced executive bringing to CalSouthern over 20 years of demonstrated leadership, management, and instructional experience with post-secondary institutions. This experience is seen daily as she establishes processes, programs, and metrics to objectively measure academic goals to support continued continuous improvement.


Manila Pillai, MCom, MBA

Vice-President & Chief Finance Officer

Ms. Pillai is a principal member of the university’s executive team responsible for maintaining, strategizing, and strengthening the University’s financial processes.


Kathryn Hamel, PhD

Senior Vice-President, Human Resources & Organizational Development

Dr. Hamel is a Senior Vice-President of Human Resources & Organizational Development. She is responsible for all aspects of human resources as well as the professional development and training of university staff. Dr. Hamel is the primary agent overseeing our internal leadership program: Leadership for 2029.


Sam Qasem

Vice-President, Enrollment Management

Mr. Qasem is responsible for enrollment services, managing the team of Admissions Representatives, lead generation, and developing strategies and processes for continual improvement.

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