UPR Administrative & Governing Structure

Administration at UPR is based upon the fulfillment of the higher universal values that harmonize our aspirations with our thoughts and actions.


Plato taught that if we organize our lives around one of the higher values such as truth, beauty, freedom, love, peace, etc. then all the other values come to us because the higher values are all in communion.

In keeping with this philosophy, administration at UPR is derived from an ontological vision which embraces a goal of continuously higher ensoulment of these eternal values. Such a practice honors every individual in whatever position, as the One Being in disguise and the work, whatever its specific function, as the one work of raising consciousness towards its origin.


Students and Applicants may contact the Registrar by e-mail at

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
10am to 4pm (Pacific Time)

Phone:  800-548-4062  or  323-663-2167

Board of Directors

  • Obadiah Harris, Ph.D.
  • William Garlington, Ph.D.
  • Walter Hansell, Esq.
  • James Callahan, M.A.
  • Don De Francisco, M.D.

Advisory Committee/Team of Experts

  • Virginia Warner, Founder and President, Warner Foundation
  • Michael Himovitz, President, Coastal Construction Company
  • Mitch Horowitz, Editor, Publisher, Writer, Speaker, Tarcher – Penguin
  • John S. Pillsbury, President, Ed and H Pillsbury Foundation
  • Robert Thurman, President, Tibet House, Ph.D. Indian Studies, Harvard University
  • Gregory Willis , Retired CFO, Toyota Motor Credit Corporation


  • Obadiah Harris, Ph.D., President & CEO (
  • Gregory Willis, M.A., Chief Financial Officer (
  • Greg Salyer, Ph.D., Dean of Students (
  • Timothy Shaughnessey, Ph.D., Consultant (
  • Aster Tsegay, B.A., Controller (
  • Keka Chakraborty, M.S., Director of Software Services (
  • John Chase, B.A., Registrar (
  • Michelle Song, B.A.,  Director of Media & Publicity (

Student Services

  • John Chase, B.A., Registrar (
  • Frank Sabia, M.A., Student Services Coordinator (
  • Michelle Song, B.A.,  Academic Coordinator (
  • Cathy Willis, M.L.S., Librarian (
  • Kelly Carmena, B.A., Assistant Librarian