Dr. John Jackson
- University of California, Santa Barbara, M.A., Ph.D.
- Fuller Theological Seminary, M.A.
- Chapman University, B.A.
Prior to joining William Jessup University as its Sixth President in March 2011, John served as the Executive Director of Thriving Churches International and as a Senior Leader of Bayside Church, Granite Bay, California. He is the Founding Pastor of LifePoint Church in Minden, Nevada, and previously was the Executive Minister of the American Baptist Churches of the Pacific Southwest (now Transformation Ministries) where he was responsible to serve more than 270 churches in four Western states. John also served as the Senior Pastor and in several staff roles at First Baptist Church of Oxnard and as the Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church of Buena Park. Dr. Jackson earned both his Ph.D. and M.A. in Educational Administration and Organizational Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A. in Theology (Christian Formation and Discipleship) at Fuller Theological Seminary; and a B.A. in Religion (Christian History and Thought) from Chapman University.
His strong background in executive and organizational leadership has given him the opportunity to come alongside high impact churches and leaders in national and global settings to strengthen their organizational leadership and communication skills. John is committed to leverage his Kingdom influence through strategic relationships.
Dr. Jackson has written and co-authored six books: Finding Your Place in God’s Plan, God Size Your Church, Leveraging Your Communication Style, Leveraging Your Leadership Style, Pastorpreneur and High Impact Church Planting.
Dr. Jackson is married to Pamela Harrison Jackson and they make their home in Rocklin, CA; they have 5 children, two of whom are married. They are still waiting for grandchildren. Patiently. Not.
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Dennis Jameson
(2012-Present) Provost and Chief Academic Officer
- (2011-12) Vice President of Academic Affairs
- University of California Los Angeles, Ph.D.
- Fuller Theological Seminary, D.Min.
- University of Santa Clara M.A.
- Assemblies of God Theological Seminary M.A.
- Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Div.
- Bethany College, B.Sc.
- Diploma Instituto De La Lengua Espanola (Spanish Language and Culture)
- Diploma Instituto Cultural Peruano, Norteamericano (Spanish and Peruvian Culture)
Dennis has a passion for the efficacy of the Christian liberal arts university as an expression of God’s grace to current and future generations and as a place in which great ideas are birthed and formed that can have profound transformational impacts on the world. William Jessup University is postured to become a major center for Christian higher education in Northern California and beyond. Serving the student population in undergraduate, continuing studies and post-baccalaureate studies, the university’s faculty is committed to providing the highest quality educational programs that embrace the values of leadership development, foundational study/knowledge of the liberal arts, whole-student and spiritual formation, diversity, and global awareness.
Jameson, a native Californian, has served in higher educational leadership as a faculty member and administrator for more than two decades during which time he has worked in colleges and universities in California, Illinois, South America, and Canada where he served for 12 years as a vice president and provost in Canada’s largest, privately-funded Christian liberal arts university. He has received more than a dozen academic awards, recognitions, and honors and is a member of several leading academic agencies, societies, and fellowships in the U.S. and Canada. His theoretical contributions are in the areas of adaptive pedagogies, organizational persistence-moral capital, experiential learning and spiritual formation in higher education where he has produced multiple volumes, scholarly papers, and conference presentations.
Chief Development Officer
(2011) Vice President for Development
- William Jessup University, BS, Business Management
Eric Hogue is a former radio and television professional and a former pastor. He started his 31-year radio career as a 16-year old in Canton, Ohio. Hogue was honored with Salem Communication’s 2004 “Andy Anderson Award” for excellence in broadcasting, Pacific Justice Institute’s “Media Award” both in 2006 and 2007, and he is best known for launching of the ‘historic recall’ of California in 2003.
Eric Hogue has been named among “The Best of Sacramento’s Local Talk Hosts” in years 2003, 2004 and 2005 and mentioned as one of Sacramento’s “Most Influential People” in 2004, and named as one of Sacramento’s most recognizable news makers for 2010 by Sacramento News and Review. He started broadcasting for Salem Communications in 1996, transferred (through Salem) to Sacramento in 2000 to become the station’s first Program Director and local morning talk show host for 1380 KTKZ. Eric is also a frequent guest opinion columnist in the Sacramento Bee.
Hogue is a frequent speaker for Northern California commercial events, ministries and charitable organizations. He ran for State Assembly in 2007. Hogue was also a youth director at High Mill Christian Center (1985-88) and founding teaching pastor of Full Life Fellowship (1991-97) both in Canton, Ohio. Eric is married to Tammy (Boosz) Hogue (25 years),and they have two daughters and a son-in-law.
Associate Provost: Enrollment & Strategic Initiatives
Dr. Todd Erickson
- Anderson University, Falls School of Business, Doctor of Business Administration
- Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Master of Management
- Wheaton College, Bachelor of Arts, major in Economics
Todd has a passion for Christian higher education and expects to make use of the experiences he has gained within higher education and the corporate arena to assist WJU to grow both internally and within the external marketplace. WJU has a phenomenal ministry to both traditional age students and to working adults who come to WJU to complete their education, and it is the potential that this ministry holds that drives him to work to create a high level of customer service and organizational effectiveness at WJU.
Prior to joining William Jessup University, Todd was a senior leader delivering results within the Christian higher education and corporate arenas. His higher education leadership scope covers the strategic analysis, implementation, and subsequent evaluation of academic growth strategies and “growth engines”. This leadership includes: a) program development for both traditional and non-traditional student populations at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, b) effective implementation of traditionally paced, accelerated, online, and mixed modal formats in combination with prior learning assessment, c) development and management of extension sites, d) effective structuring of academic partnerships, e) direction of organizational change and process improvement, f) provision of vision and plans leading to accreditation, and g) management of institutional financial operations. He has worked as a faculty member and administrator for colleges and universities in Illinois, Tennessee, and Canada, where he served as vice-provost at Canada’s largest, privately-funded Christian liberal arts university. His prior corporate experience at Johnson & Johnson and James River/Georgia Pacific involved producing business growth through new product development, product improvement, process improvement and product line management with P&L responsibility.
Associate Provost: Strategic Management
- Pepperdine University, Ed.D Organizational Leadership (in process)
- University of New Mexico, Anderson School, MBA
- Shippensburg State University, B.S. Computer Science
Rhonda Capron has held leadership positions in all three sectors of the economy. Her for-profit experience includes Vice President of Support Services at Oracle Corporation and Marketing Producer for Ovation Solutions. Rhonda’s government service included leadership positions for the U.S. Army as the Deputy Operations Officer, Signal Battalion Europe and Personnel Security Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy.
For her third act, in the non-profit sector, she came to William Jessup University and taught full-time as a business professor in the Business Administration Department. Rhonda has a passion for the study of business and the practical application of business concepts. She finds great satisfaction interacting with WJU students in both the traditional and adult degree completion programs. Several years ago, she was asked to split her time as a professor and take on additional administration roles, but retained teaching responsibilities because of her passion for higher education.
Rhonda Capron holds a B.S. Computer Science Degree and an MBA. She is currently completing her doctoral studies at Pepperdine in Organizational Leadership.
Chief Information Officer
- Grand Canyon University, M. Ed. Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology
- Point Loma Nazarene University, B.A. Business Education
Judy Rentz has been dedicated to Christ-centered education since 1989. As an educator, her passion has been to develop students from a foundation of faith and truth. Judy’s many years of classroom experience focus her strategies on enhancing the teaching/learning process. Her desire is to engage students at all levels through the integration of technology.
Judy’s oversight includes Information Technology Services, Media Services, Educational Technology, Events and Conference Services, and Campus Safety.
Judy and her husband, Eddie, have served as pastors at River City Community Church in Elk Grove, CA; District and National Youth Directors for the Assemblies of God; Campus Pastors for Bethany University; and currently, her husband serves as the West Coast Regional Director for Convoy of Hope-a faith based, international relief organization helping the impoverished, hungry, and hurting. They have 3 adult children who also attend William Jessup University.
Dr. Bryce Jessup
(1970), President (1984 – 2010)
- San Jose Bible College, BTh, 1958
- Pepperdine University, BA, 1961; MA, 1968
- Northwest Christian College, D.D., 1992
Bryce served as president of William Jessup University for 25 years. During his presidency, the University substantially improved its financial position, achieved regional accreditation, significantly increased enrollment, broadened the curriculum, and moved to Rocklin, CA. Dr. Jessup has worked as a professor, pastor, coach, and Dean of Students.
He has been a significant leader in Bay Area pastors groups, the Billy Graham Crusade, and ethnic reconciliation groups. He has published numerous articles on leadership and church issues, has served on many non-profit boards, and was named “Man of Valor” by the Racial Reconciliation Committee of Santa Clara Valley African-Americans in 1999.