National and Local Community Involvement

University of Phoenix President, Dr. Pepicello is highly involved in the community. He is a member of a variety of advisory boards and serves on the following committees:

The Accreditation Review Council (ARC) of the The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association includes at least 60 individuals who have been selected by the Board of Trustees to participate in the Commission's review processes of member institutions. Most ARC members are experienced Consultant-Evaluators; some are representatives of the public.

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association is the accrediting body for colleges and universities in 19 states around the country. It employs accrediting processes that foster quality, encourage academic excellence, and improve teaching and learning in the member institutions.

Each year, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix acknowledges an individual who positively impacts the quality of life in our community as the “Champion of the Year”. In 2009, Dr. Pepicello was the honored Champion.

The Foundation's Board of Trustees (of which the Advisory Board is a component) is comprised of some of the most respected financial minds in the metropolitan Phoenix area. The members of the Board of Trustees volunteer their expertise and time to ensure the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix has the funds to provide "The Positive Place for Kids" now and well into the future.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix opened its first two Clubs in the Valley in 1946. Today, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix provides services to more that 33,440 boys and girls annually, operating a total of 12 clubhouses throughout the central and west area Valley, a full-service dental clinic and outreach services.

As a participating member of the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, Dr. Pepicello works to help expand access and increase successes in postsecondary education for Arizonans. The Commission also strives to:

  • Increase available student financial assistance.
  • Identify and implement strategies to help students and families plan, enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
  • Provide a forum for all sectors of postsecondary education to work together on addressing and solving issues of mutual interest.

Since its founding in 1929, the Heard Museum has grown in size and stature to become recognized internationally for quality collections, educational programming and festivals. Dedicated to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures, the museum is an institution that successfully combines the stories of American Indian people from a personal perspective with the beauty of art. The museum values the talent, hours and funding given by the more than 600 volunteers and encourages active volunteerism in every aspect of the museum.

The Valley of the Sun United Way has been serving the Phoenix area since 1925 when it was first established as the Community Welfare Council and Community Chest of Phoenix. Today, more than 25 cities and towns in Maricopa County are served by the Valley of the Sun United Way. The goal of the United Way is to create long-lasting and measurable changes that improve the quality of life for struggling individuals, families and children throughout Maricopa County.

As members of the Board, volunteers are charged with the responsibility of assuring the integrity of the organization by overseeing financial, structural and policy decisions that guide the organization, volunteers and staff.

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s Board of Directors is headed by Michael Bidwell of the Arizona Cardinals. Dr. Pepicello has served as Vice Chairman since 2009. The organization’s unique structure and solid partnerships support a sustainable, high-performance economy. Today, GPEC is comprised of 18 communities, Maricopa County and more than 140 private-sector companies, serving as the catalyst that strengthens the region’s economic base, ensuring it is both diversified and competitive.

Press photo and bio

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Bill’s published works

  • Game Changers, Education and IT, Educause, Chapter 10
  • The UOP Adult Learner Model: Form Follows Functions, Proceedings from Toward the Global University:  Strategies for the Third Millennium, with Sandra Pepicello
  • Reshaping Teaching and Learning: The Role of Liberal Arts in Online Education, The Online Teaching Guide, with Elizabeth Tice
  • Faculty Scholarship in a Non-Traditional University, U.S. Department of Education grant publication, with Craig Swenson and Katherine Garner
  • Wit in Riddling: A Linguistic Perspective
  • Sight and Spelling Riddles, Journal of American Folklore
  • The Rhetoric of Humor, Contemporary Humor, ASU Press
  • Diagnosing Composition Errors: A Linguistic Approach, Teaching Writing

Community involvement

  • Greater Phoenix Economic Council board of directors and past chair
  • United Way board of directors
  • Banner Health Foundation chairman
  • Commission for Postsecondary Education
  • Accreditation Review Council of The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools — consultant/evaluator
  • National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI)

Bill’s cabinet members

Byron Jones, chief financial officer

Jerrad Tausz, chief operating officer

Cheryl Naumann, senior vice president, human resources

Ruth Veloria, senior vice president, university strategy

Meredith Curley, interim provost

Lee Finkel, senior vice president, academic administration

Nina Munson, senior vice president, chief of staff