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.
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.
William Amoke has 10 years of professional experience working in various capacities at institutions of higher learning. He is originally from South Africa .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.
Cynthia Mock is the University Librarian and Career Services Coordinator. She maintains the libraries in all of our locations and assists our students in finding employment. 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. Currently, she is attending our Master’s of Science in Information Technology. Ms. Mock has maintained an interest in digital technologies and information equity after finishing San Jose State University for a Master’s in Library and Information Science. She recently took over as career services coordinator and is working on helping our students with their career goals. She has had a diverse background ranging from Associate Producer for a documentary company to working with domestic violence victims. She takes her wide ranging experiences to help the students find choice careers.
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.
Bill 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.
Beate “Bea” Berg was born and raised in Germany and graduated from university with a degree in Pedagogics and Languages (German, English and Russian). In the United Kingdom, she worked as a German Instructor at the Goethe Institute in Manchester among others. In 1990 she moved back to Germany and taught at the Reinhold-Würth-University in a town in the South-West of Germany. She also opened her own language school in which she taught English and Business English for companies. In 2007, Bea relocated to Newport Beach, California where she was the Director of Education at West Orange College, Fullerton. She is the Site Director at the SSU Newport Beach Campus.