John Tucker

John Tucker has over 25 years of management experience in large complex teaching institutions, both in medical schools and higher education administration. He has worked in both patient care and medical administration at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center in New York City, and at the City of Hope in Los Angeles. Most recently John worked in senior management positions for 16 years at three major University of California campuses, including UC San Francisco; UC Santa Barbara, where he served as Assistant Chancellor; and UCLA, where he served as Chief Administrative Officer for the Academic Senate, the governing body for over 3,000 tenured and non-tenured faculty. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Finance from Pace University, New York City.

Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer
Claudia Araiza

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 Dr. Araiza began her career as a Business Economist in 1997 as an International Trade Analyst with the U.S. Department of Commerce and as an Independent Consultant providing services in business and statistical analysis. Since then she has held positions in various capacities in business, academic, and governmental-settings ranging from business and economic analysis, business development and promotion, and academic administration and research. Her academic experience began more than 10 years ago while working for the UCLA Medical Group, San Diego State University, Clark University, and Claremont Graduate University with her involvement in practical multidisciplinary research studies geared towards the National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Homeland Security, and the National Science Foundation. Very recently she began providing her expertise for the Saylor Foundation as an Academic Consultant in curriculum design for online economics and business courses. Dr. Araiza is a graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in International Business and Economics and an MA in Economics. She received her PhD in Economics with a specialization in Business and Financial Economics from Claremont Graduate University. After completing her PhD studies, she began her teaching career at Southern States University as Core Faculty specializing in the economics, statistics, and MBA courses. Dr. Araiza was recently appointed Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer. She is an active member of the American Economic Association, the National Association for Business Economics, and the Southwestern Economics Association.

Dean of Admissions & Academic Advising
Willaim Amoke

William Amoke has 10 years of professional experience working in various capacities at institutions of higher learning. Positions William has held include: Academic Dean, Director of Admissions and Records and Designated School Official. His responsibilities have included student records management, student counseling and advising, immigration advising and providing leadership and management of a variety of administrative operations. William holds an MBA in Strategic Management from United States International University, San Diego, CA and a BA in Economics and Business from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA.

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Chief Financial Officer
Scott Tan

Scott TanScott Tan is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Southern States University and is responsible for the overall financial management of the institution.
He has served in a wide variety of financial positions over the last 15
years in public and private corporations.  Scott earned his degree in
accounting at San Diego State University and authorized by the United States
Department of the Treasury and received the highest credential awarded as an
Enrolled Agent by the Internal Revenue Service.


University Librarian (Fashion Valley Campus)Matthew Derieg

Matthew obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts from Louisiana State University in 1993.  He went on to obtain a Juris Doctor from The Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University.  After 8 years of practicing law he decided to pursue his goal in working in higher education.  He then obtained a Master’s of Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University.  He has worked performing high level research with Law Firms and Federal Courts.  He also has teaching experience from Delgado College in New Orleans.

Campus Librarian (Newport Beach Campus)
Cynthia Mock

Cynthia Mock is the Campus Librarian in the Newport Beach campus. She has a wide range of experience ranging from working as a graphic designer to teaching computer classes. Her Associate’s degree is in computer graphics from Antelope Valley College and her Bachelor’s degree is in film from UC Berkeley. Ms. Mock has maintained an interest in digital technologies and information equity while attending San Jose State University for a Master’s in Library and Information Science.

Academic Advisor/DSO (Newport Beach) Scott Svec

 Scott Svec - Academic Advisor

Scott Svec has worked 15 years in the education field as a teacher, principal, coordinator and advisor. He has an M.Ed in Cross-Cultural Education and experience advising international students in higher education. He has lived in Texas, Colorado, and Mexico working with multilingual learners. Scott is the Academic Advising and Support Officer at the Newport Beach Campus.

Director of Financial Aid (Fashion Valley Campus) Ruby Wang

ruby-newRuby Wang was born and raised in china. She received her Master of Business Administration degree from San Diego State University, San Diego, CA with a specialization in Finance. Ruby has 2 years work experience working at Southern States University as the University Bursar. She also has 5 years of professional experience working in Human Resources and Administration Department of a branch of Samsung Group in China and 1 year of Graduate Assistant experience at San Diego State University. Ruby Wang is certified as Financial Aid Administrator in U.S. She also holds the certification of Human Resources Professional (HRP) in China and a BA degree in Human Resources Management in China.

Site Director (Las Vegas Campus) Bill Doyle

doyleBill is from Dublin, Ireland and has taught English in Brazil for twelve years before moving to the US in 2013. Bill has been an official University of Cambridge Speaking Examiner since 2008 and has obtained his TESOL certificate. At SSU he serves as Site Director for the Las Vegas campus and as a Designated School Official for international students.

Academic Director/Academic Advisor (Las Vegas Campus)
Jeffrey Bryant

SSU Academic Advisor

Jeffrey K. Bryant is the Academic Director/Academic Advisor at the Las Vegas Campus. He has been working as a business consultant and regional manager for the past 15 years. He is a military veteran of the USAF. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Park University, a Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University, and is currently working on his dissertation, to complete a doctorate degree with Argosy University in Educational Leadership.