Gary Brahm is Chancellor and CEO of Brandman University, a member of the Chapman University System. Brandman is a private, nonprofit institution serving more than 12,000 adult and military students across 26 locations throughout the states of California and Washington, and nationally through the university’s online campus. Over the past 56 years, Brandman has grown from a single-classroom Chapman program at the El Toro Marine base into a thriving university that is consistently recognized with prestigious industry awards and boasts some of the highest graduation rates in the country. Mr. Brahm was selected as the Founding Chancellor of Brandman, overseeing the transition from the Chapman program to a separate, accredited university with nearly 2,500 staff and faculty members, and an operating budget of $100 million.
Prior to his present position, Chancellor 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.
Chancellor Brahm has periodically served as chair or a member of numerous Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation visiting teams. He also completed a 3-year term as a member of the WASC Interim Review Committee. He has presented on non-traditional education, online, and competency-based education at the American Council for Higher Education annual meeting, the Association of Governing Boards National Conference on Trusteeship, the Credit Suisse Global Conference, the WASC Academic Resource Conference and many others. He has served as director and officer at numerous nonprofit and public organizations.
Prior to joining Chapman University in 1994, Brahm was vice president of finance and CFO at National University. He has also served as vice president and CFO at Anadite, Inc. as well as vice president and CFO at LAM Industries. He started his career as a manager with Ernst & Whitney (now Ernst & Young). Brahm 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.
Expertise: higher education, graduation rates, student loans, non-profit schools, financing college and the value of a college degree.