Christine G. Zeppos has been serving as Dean and Professor in the School of Education at Brandman University, Chapman System, since 2010, where she oversees all teaching, administrative services, and pupil personnel services credential programs. Dean Zeppos earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Southern California, a master's degree in Education from Loyola University of Chicago, and a doctoral degree in Education with an emphasis in Higher and Adult Education from Arizona State University. She was the recipient of the Distinguished Doctoral Degree Candidate Award from the College of Education as the top graduate in the 1997 graduating class for her research on promoting diversity through structured curricular and co-curricular programs and how these programs affect the access, persistence and retention of diverse students in higher education.
For over 20 years, Dean Zeppos has led accreditation efforts with CTC, NCATE, APA, WASC and HLC. During her tenure as Assistant Dean at DePaul University, she served as an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Certification Officer and worked closely with Chicago Public Schools. Dean Zeppos is a member of CTC’s Board of Institutional Reviewers where she has served as site team lead/member and as AICCU’s representative on CTC’s Accreditation Advisory Panel (AAP) to strengthen and streamline accreditation in California. Dean Zeppos is past president of the Independent California Colleges and Universities Council on the Education of Teachers (ICCUCET), which is now a subsidiary of AICCU, and she is an accreditation site visit team member for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Dean Zeppos has been teaching at the university-level for over 20 years, primarily at the doctoral level. Through this experience and through constant interaction with superintendents, educational leaders and business leaders in California, she became cognizant of the need to develop authentic transformational leaders to maximize our educational and societal potential. This led her to oversee the development of an innovative principal/admin PASC program and an interdisciplinary doctoral program focused on transformational leadership and change.