In 2007, Gary Brahm became the founding chancellor of Brandman University and today, oversees a network of 29 campuses, more than 2,500 faculty and staff, 12,000 students and an annual budget in excess of $100 million. Brandman offers bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees. Over the past two years, Brandman has been recognized as a leader in competency-based education and was the fourth institution in the nation that was approved to award direct assessment financial aid. Prior to his present position, Brahm served as the executive vice president for finance and administration and chief operating officer of Chapman. Prior to joining Chapman, Brahm was the CFO of National University. He has periodically served as chair of numerous WASC accreditation visiting teams and has served a 3-year term on the Interim Report 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. 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.