Chancellor, Brandman University
Expertise: higher education, graduation rates, student loans, non-profit schools, financing college and the value of a college degree.
Gary Brahm serves as chancellor of Brandman University overseeing overall operations of the institution and managing approximately 2,262 faculty and staff, with an annual budget of approximately $70 million.
Prior to his present position, Brahm served as the executive vice president for finance and administration and chief operating officer of Chapman University for over 13 years. Brahm was responsible for enrollment management, financial aid, registrar, student life, investments, budgeting, information systems, human resources, facilities management and campus planning, and business services. He served as principal project leader for all university construction as well.
Brahm also worked closely with the City of Orange on the development, implementation and continuous refining of Chapman's campus Master Plan. During his tenure as chief operating officer, Chapman experienced a three notch upgrade in its bond rating and positive outlook in just a little over four years, a significant accomplishment that is almost unheard of in the bond rating industry.
Brahm also served as a member of numerous Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) visiting teams and in 2007, he was appointed for a 3-year term to the WASC Interim Review Committee.
Prior to joining Chapman University in 1994, Brahm was vice president of finance and chief financial officer at National University. He has also served as vice president, chief financial officer, a director of Anadite, Inc. and vice president, chief financial officer, and a principal at LAM Industries. He has served as director and officer at numerous non-profit and public organizations including Chairman of the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County and the Board of Directors of Remedy Temp, Inc.
Brahm was formerly a manager with Ernst & Whitney (now Ernst & Young). He received a bachelor's degree in biology from California State University, Northridge and a master's in business administration from the University of Southern California.