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Gary Railsback

Vice President

Dr. Gary Railsback is Vice President at CAEP, where he has primary oversight of the CAEP Accreditation process and the Accreditation Team. Railsback is also a Professor of Educational Leadership at Azusa Pacific University. 

Dr. Railsback is deeply knowledgeable and practiced in accreditation through his work at previous institutions, and through his work at CAEP as a trained Lead Site Visitor and Inquiry Brief Lead Site Visitor. He performed site visits in 15 different states and was a reviewer with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. Railsback taught high school Social Studies in Colorado and taught at the college level in Kansas.

Railsback served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at Northwest Christian University School of Professional Studies. Previously, he served as Dean at Point Loma Nazarene University and, while at Azusa Pacific, he was the Chair of the Educational Leadership Department. 
Raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, CA, Railsback graduated from West High School and then earned his B.S. in Christian Education from Northwest Christian College in Eugene, OR. He earned his M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, an MBA from Point Loma Nazarene University, and his Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Go Bruins!