Leading the Future of Education at GGU

Golden Gate University empowers working adults to achieve their professional goals with nationally renowned degree and certificate programs. Founded in 1901, GGU has been a leader in online education for nearly three decades, offering maximum flexibility for modern students. Our university leaders are committed to expanding GGU’s mission and reach in order to provide affordable and accessible education to learners around the world. Together, we’re focused on creating a brighter future for our GGU community and beyond.

Executive Team

David J. Fike, PhD, Golden Gate University President

Dr. David J. Fike


David J. Fike, the seventh president of Golden Gate University, is an economist specializing in capital markets and urban economic development. Since taking the helm at Golden Gate University in late 2015, he has worked with faculty and staff to continue the 123-year-old university’s tradition of innovation in serving working professionals.

Bruce Magid, PhD, Provost and VP of Academic Affairs

Dr. Bruce Magid


Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Magid brings a strong blend of business and academic experience to Golden Gate University. Along with over 20 years of experience leading international economic and policy research at Bank of America, he has held numerous leadership positions in the higher education sector.

Courtney Borton, Chief of Marketing and Vice Provost

Courtney Borton

Chief of Marketing

Vice Provost of Marketing & Enrollment Management

Courtney Borton has spent over 15 years developing engaging and complex integrated go-to-market strategies, with over 12 years dedicated specifically to higher education. During her tenure, Courtney has worked with over 50 universities nationally and internationally to develop marketing and enrollment strategies.

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Elaine Clark

Chief Financial Officer

Vice President for Finance & Business Administration

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Dr. Joaquin “Jay” Gonzalez

Dean of GGU Worldwide

Vice Provost for Global Affairs

Mayor George Christopher Professor of Public Administration

A GGU faculty member since 2000, Jay Gonzalez is Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Dean of GGU Worldwide. Prof Jay, as he is fondly referred to by students globally, is also Mayor George Christopher Professor of Public Administration and Chair of GGU’s Department of Public Administration—the oldest Public Administration program in Northern California.

Patricia A. Haney, Ph.D., Dean of Students

Dr. Patricia A. Haney

Dean of Students

Patricia A. Haney has had an extensive career in higher education, having worked in chief student affairs officer and other administrative positions at a variety of institutions throughout the United States.

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Dr. Rocco Lamanna

Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Executive Director, Braden School of Taxation and School of Accounting

Rocco Lamanna is Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Executive Director for the Braden School of Taxation and School of Accounting.

Nate Hinerman, PhD, LMFT, Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Nate Hinerman, LMFT

Dean, School of Undergraduate Studies

Professor and Department Chair of Psychology

Dr. Hinerman brings extensive teaching, research, and leadership experience to GGU. His multi- and inter-disciplinary research has been published in multiple books and journals, and he is an active volunteer and psychotherapist for several organizations in the Bay Area.

Robert Shoffner

Robert Shoffner

Executive Director Ageno School of Business

Robert Shoffner is the Director of MBA Programs, and Professor of the Practice at Golden Gate University. He provides management oversight of Finance, Marketing, Operations/Supply Chain Management and Master’s in Public Administration degree programs. He recruits, develops, and mentor adjunct MBA faculty. He provides instruction in subjects including of Business, Management, Strategy, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship.

Mark Yates, Dean of the School of Law

Mark Yates, Esq.

Dean of the School of Law

Professor of Law

Mark Yates is Professor of Law and Dean of the Law School. During his 20 years at the GGU School of Law, he has served as Director of Academic Support, Director of Bar Services, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Previously, he worked as a civil litigator and as a public defender.

Golden Gate University Board of Trustees

Melinda A. Dunn, Board Member

Melinda A. Dunn, MBA ’81

Chair, Board of Trustees
Global CFO & Chief Compliance Officer (Retired)
Sequoia Capital

Barbara Mendelson, Chair, Board of Trustees

Barbara Mendelson, BS ’84

Past-Chair, Board of Trustees
Certified Public Accountant (Retired)

Chip Conradi, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees

Chip Conradi, JD ’78, MBA ’81

Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Treasurer & Vice President of Tax (Retired)
The Clorox Company

Nicholas B. Dirks

Former Chancellor and Vice Chairman
President and CEO of the NY Academy of Sciences
Former UC Berkeley Chancellor

Tracey Edwards, Board Member

Tracey Edwards, JD ’81, LLM ’83

Managing Principal, Global Shared Services (Retired)

Dr. Robert H. Patterson, Board Member

Dr. Robert H. Patterson, MS ’04

Worldwide Tax & Customs Controller
Microsoft Corporation

Francis Ryu, Board Member

Francis Ryu, JD ’95

Ryu Law Firm

Nancy Tully, Board Member

Nancy Tully, JD ’92

Attorney (Retired)

Betty Yee, Board Member

Betty Yee, MPA ’81

(Former) Controller
State of California

Diane C. Yu

Counselor & Executive Director
New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)