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.
David J. Fike, PhD
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
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.
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Vice President for Finance & Business Administration
The bio for Elaine Clark is unavailable at this time.
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, PhD
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.
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, 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.
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
Chair, Board of Trustees
Certified Public Accountant (Retired)
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Treasurer & Vice President of Tax (Retired)
The Clorox Company
JD ’78, MBA ’81
President & CEO (Retired)
Bank of Marin
Melinda A. Dunn
Global CFO & Chief Compliance Officer (Retired)
Managing Principal, Global Shared Services (Retired)
JD ’81, LLM ’83
Dr. Robert H. Patterson
Worldwide Tax & Customs Controller
Ryu Law Firm
State of California