Chris Call: Vice President For Administration and Planning
Mr. Call has served as Westmont’s Vice President for Administration since 2001. Previously, he served for over five years as Executive Assistant to then-President David Winter. In his current position he serves as the President’s liaison with Human Resources, Legal Affairs, Physical Plant, Risk Management/Procurement/Auxiliary Services and supervises the directors of these areas. He serves as Westmont’s Title IX Officer. Finally he assists the President with trustee meetings and with trustee relations. Mr. Call is a graduate of Whitworth College (B.A.) and Willamette University College of Law (J.D). After serving for four years as a staff assistant for U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield, he worked for 11 years in the President’s Office and Development Office at Willamette University.
Mrs. Higa oversees all of the Student Life programs and personnel in the Student Life Division. She has been at Westmont since July 1989 after holding the Dean for Student Affairs position at Biola University. She has held several leadership roles in the student development profession: chair for the Commission of Chief Student Development Officers for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), member of the Racial Harmony Commission for the CCCU, and Vice President and President Elect for the Association of Christians in Student Development (ACSD). A graduate of Westmont College and a recipient of the prestigious Kenneth M. Monroe Award, Dean Higa earned a Master of Science in Education with a major in College Student Personnel Services from USC.
Mr. Jones joined Westmont in September 2007. Prior to coming to Westmont, Mr. Jones served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Spring Arbor University for seven years. Mr. Jones has over 10 years of experience with budgeting and finance in higher education. He is a CPA and earned an MBA from Indiana University. He has also completed a certificate in Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University.
Mr. Lundberg has served on the staff since February 2003 and oversees relationships with alumni, parents and friends as they relate to securing critical resources to advance the mission. A member of Westmont’s Board of Trustees from 1993-2002, he served as Chair of the Development Committee and chaired the successful “Embracing the Past, Ensuring the Future” capital campaign. Prior to coming to Westmont, he was CEO of General Offshore Corporation, a multinational telecommunications and data network company. He is currently chairman of the board of Sports Outreach Institute, and serves on the boards of Providence Hall School, Cold Spring School Foundation and United Way of Santa Barbara County. He holds a B.A. from Westmont in Economics and Business and an MBA and a professional designation in contract management from UCLA.
Mark L. Sargent assumed the role of Provost at Westmont College during the spring of 2012. A graduate of UC Santa Barbara, he earned his master's degree and doctorate in English at The Claremont Graduate University, specializing in American literature. He taught as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and has written widely on history, literature, film, and higher education. For his research on William Bradford, he was awarded the Whitehill Prize in early American history. After holding administrative roles at Biola University and Spring Arbor College, he became Gordon's Provost in 1996, and has been active in numerous national and international organizations. In 2008 the Council of Independent Colleges gave him the national Chief Academic Officers Award. His wife Arlyne, and two of his children, have been students at Westmont.
Reed Sheard: Vice President for College Advancement and Chief Information Officer
Dr. Sheard joined Westmont in October 2008 and took over responsibility as Vice President for College Advancement in January 2010. He comes from Spring Arbor University in Michigan where he served as vice president and CIO for five years. At Spring Arbor, Sheard oversaw the development of a private, statewide network and was instrumental in developing and overseeing Spring Arbor University Online. Sheard graduated from University of Sioux Falls, earned a master’s of divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary and a doctorate in higher education leadership from Seattle University. Previously, Sheard worked at General Electric, Apple Inc., Consonus Inc. and George Fox University as an assistant professor of Leadership Studies.