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Commission Staff

  • Here you will find a list of ACCJC Commission staff.


    Dr. Barbara A. Beno | President

  • Dr. Beno, Ph.D., joined the Commission as President in August 2001.  Prior to her appointment, she served as Commissioner for both the ACCJC and the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  Dr. Beno served as president of Berkeley City College (formerly Vista Community College) for twelve years, Assistant Chancellor of the San Mateo Community College District, Research and Planning Director for the Peralta Community College District, and a university faculty member in Sociology.  Dr. Beno was Chair of the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions from 2006 to 2009.

    Dr. Susan Clifford | Vice President of Commission Operations

  • Dr. Clifford, Ed.D., joined the Commission in March 2008.  She provides staff support for the substantive change review process, office management processes, staff development and cooperative efforts with other educational organizations.  She served in both faculty and administrative roles at her former institutions.

    Dr. Krista Johns | Vice President for Policy and Research

  • Dr. Johns, JD., joined the Commission in January 2012.  She provides staff support in policy, evaluation and research.  She has held faculty and administrator roles at her former institutions, including Vice President of Instruction at Berkeley City College and Dean of English and Business at Diablo Valley College.

    Mr. Garman “Jack” Pond | Vice President of Team Operations and Communication

  • Mr. Pond, MA., joined the Commission in July 2004.  Prior to joining the Commission staff, Mr. Pond was Professor of English from 1972 to 2003 and Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences from 2003 to 2004 at Leeward Community College in Pearl City, Hawai'i.  Mr. Pond also served as a Commissioner from 1998 to 2004.

    Dr. John Nixon | Associate Vice President

  • Dr. John Nixon, Ph.D., joined the Commission staff in July 2011, following his retirement as President of Mt. San Antonio College.  Dr. Nixon served as a Commissioner with ACCJC from 2008-2011 and has served as chair and member of many Commission accreditation evaluation teams.  During his 35 year career, Dr. Nixon served as faculty and administrator at Santa Ana College and Mt. San Antonio College.

    Dr. Norv Wellsfry | Associate Vice President

  • Dr. Wellsfry, Ed.D., joined the Commission staff in February 2011 after he retired as a Professor of Accounting and CIS at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, CA.  He held administrative and faculty roles at Sacramento City College and Antelope Valley College in California and at Tidewater Community College in Virginia and had leadership positions in several State and National organizations.  He was a Commissioner from 2004 to 2010.

    Ms. Cheri M. Sixbey | Executive Assistant and Business Officer

  • Ms. Sixbey, MA., joined the Commission in July 2012.  Cheri serves as lead assistant to the President and provides financial administrative services and administrative support to the ACCJC.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from Eastern Michigan University, a Master's degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Michigan, and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in California.  Cheri also holds a Certified Meeting Planner credential from the Convention and Industry Council.

    Ms. Mindy Graham | Events Coordinator and Administrative Support

  • Ms. Graham joined the Commission in April 2010. Mindy provides overall administrative assistance and assists with the Substantive Change process.  She supports conference and meeting collaboration with other organizations’ educational events, and plans and coordinates various event logistics for the ACCJC.  Mindy graduated from California State University Hayward with a B. A. in Human Development.

    Mr. Tom Lane | Administrative Support

  • Mr. Lane joined the Commission staff in 1996.  Tom provides reception and general information to the public, and administrative support for evaluation team operations, institutional reports to the Commission, and communications to the field.