West Coast University is excited to announce the arrival of Ada Gerard as the new executive director of the Orange County campus. Gerard has served in higher education for more than 20 years, and brings a mix of leadership and motivating skills to her new role.
“I did not choose a career in education, it chose me,” Gerard said. “In college I worked in student development and loved in and it just kind of naturally happened after that, that I would work at a college and I have ever since — and I’ve been very happy with that.”
A Virginia native, Gerard comes to West Coast from Heald College, where she spent more than 16 years in a variety of roles including campus president, campus director and director of admission. Gerard also spent four years at ECPI Technical College in Richmond, Virginia as campus provost/director of education. Gerard earned her Masters of Science in Education, Online Learning and Teaching from California State University, Hayward. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications and Political Science from Radford University.
Gerard is very passionate about education and shared that her experience starting in grade school influenced her career path. “I’m motivated by seeing education be the great equalizer,” Gerard said. “So when a person wants something other than what they have, I’m a strong believer that you need a role model, you need an education, you need to know the rules necessary in order to go to that next level. I believe from my heart that’s what we do, and I always want to be a part of that.”
Welcome to the West Coast University team, Ada!