The Alumni Council exists to cultivate a lifelong relationship with Vanguard University and our alumni.

Alumni play a crucial role in remembering Vanguard’s past, influencing our present and supporting our future.

The Council serves to further the goals of deepening alumni engagement, connecting the broader alumni community and supporting current and future students through the development of mutually beneficial relationships. It helps connect Vanguard staff, student experiences and the greater alumni community.

Council members volunteer to support the work of Vanguard, engage fellow alumni, and introduce Vanguard to ever-expanding networks of influence.

Alumni Council Members

Kyle Billingsley ’08
Rebecca “Windy” (Montoya ’76) Borjas
Heather (Rachels ’02) Clements
Randy Conner ’85 – Chair
Andrew Johnston ’16
Stephanie (Hillon ’03) Kearns

Tessa Gilton ’07
Emmanuel Hyppolite ’11
Jim Peugh MA ’02
Lauren (Francis ’11) McGunigale
Ross Nelson ’08
Christopher Ortega, Esq. ’06

Jon Primrose ’06
Allyson Reed ’12
Barbi (Bethany ’74) Rouse
Alysia Ruiz ’11
Richard Varnell ’66
Summer Yates ’10


Time Commitment

  • Three-year commitment
  • Attend three yearly Alumni Council meetings
  • Actively serve on a board committee
  • Involvement in recruitment, strategy and business meetings as necessary


Throughout Vanguard’s more than a century of impacting students, prayer has been at the center of our community. Council members need to commit to pray for the faculty, staff, and students of Vanguard University.


Whether an alumnus graduated in 1940 or 2020, their lives were forever changed because of the time spent at Vanguard. Peer recruitment in identifying and encouraging talented alumni for the board and other alumni activity is crucial.


The alumni community is an asset to fellow alumni and students alike. As a board member, you commit to being a part of our “Lions 4 Lions” initiative, looking out for fellow alumni and students. Providing job or internship opportunities, volunteering to be a resource for fellow alumni and students, and being actively involved on campus are all vital aspects of advocacy. Also involved in advocacy is being an ambassador, publicist, and advocate of the alumni association and of Vanguard University in your community. This could involve talking with prospective students, meeting with other alumni, attending local alumni events, and more.


Vanguard Alumni Council members will consider the University a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts in reflection of that priority. In order for Vanguard to credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations and individuals, the University expects to have all Council members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity.

Be Informed

Vanguard is preparing to usher in the next century of our story. As a Council member, you must be familiar with the programs and activities sponsored by the University as well as the alumni office and participate in them to the extent possible.

Provide Feedback

The talent of the alumni community is great. Use your gifts to provide feedback and counsel to the University on significant issues. Also, offer ideas to help make the alumni association meaningful to the alumni constituency and initiate Council activities.


The Alumni Council is a tremendous opportunity for individuals who are passionate about Vanguard’s Mission, and have a track record of success and influence in various circles. The ideal candidate will have achieved success in ministry, business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. Your accomplishments will allow you to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Council members, and further assist in elevating Vanguard.

Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • A desire to see Vanguard University thrive and succeed
  • Previous board leadership experience
  • Public support of Vanguard University and alumni programs
  • Relevant professional experience/influence in ministry, business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
  • A commitment to and understanding of Vanguard’s mission
  • A circle of influence and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Willingness to approach prospective friends, supporters, and donors
  • Personal faith commitment to Jesus Christ, integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving Vanguard University and its alumni population

Eligibility includes all persons who have earned a degree or a certificate from Vanguard University of Southern California, Southern California College, Southern California Bible College, and Southern California Bible School. This includes programs that are no longer offered.

Service on the Vanguard Alumni Council is without remuneration.

Would you like more information about the Alumni Council?

Contact Us Today

Laura Capo
Director of Engagement and Development