President & Team


Dr. Brian BairdThe Honorable Brian Baird, PhD served for twelve years in the United States House of Representatives, where he focused on science and technology, sales tax deductibility, energy, mental health, oceans, education, science diplomacy, fiscal discipline and Congressional integrity. Congressman Baird was known and respected for taking principled stands, careful study of issues, and the ability to build bipartisan relationships. In addition to his work in Congress, Dr. Baird holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. His clinical experience spans more than two decades and encompasses a wide variety of settings and patient groups. Dr. Baird has authored three books and previously chaired the Department of Psychology at Pacific Lutheran University, where he served on the faculty for twelve years. While at PLU, Dr. Baird led a comprehensive revision of the psychology curriculum and major and initiated the campus wide “Academic Festival” a multiday celebration of the achievements of students and faculty. Since leaving Congress, Dr. Baird has taught courses at the University of Washington, been Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at Vigor Industrial, and provided continuing education training in communication skills. He recently chaired the Washington State Student Achievement Council, a 9 member council created by the Legislature to offer policy guidance and analysis for all higher education in Washington State. Email Dr. Baird


Members of the President’s Team

HocoyDan Hocoy, PhD, Provost and Chief Operations Officer, has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Queen’s University in Canada. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Management and Leadership in Education executive program, as well as a licensed clinical psychologist. Over the past 18 years, he has provided leadership in strategic planning, institutional advancement, as well as innovative pedagogical formats and delivery platforms. Dr. Hocoy recently served as the Associate Provost at Saybrook University in San Francisco, and has previously been: Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation, Director of International Programs and Diversity, and Chief Student Affairs Officer. With a grandmother from Jamaica, mother from Malaysia, and father from China, and having been a political refugee from Trinidad and Tobago to Canada, Dr. Hocoy has a long-standing commitment to diversity, inclusive excellence, and engendering global perspectives. Read more about Dr. Dan Hocoy.


Shana Hormann, PhD, MSW, Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Academic Dean, has a PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. Hormann was a core faculty member in Antioch University Seattle’s Master’s program in Organizational Development and was the project leader for the First Peoples’ Program in Creative Change at the Muckleshoot Tribal College. She served on the faculty of the University of Alaska S.E. for ten years, teaching for the university in a maximum-security prison and in the outlying villages. Read more about Dr. Shana Hormann.


JasonHR2013Jason Bavuso, Director of Human Resources, possesses a diverse combination of education and experiences, and brings those competencies to bear in advancing HR initiatives at the Seattle campus. In addition to a B.A. degree in Business Administration and a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification, Jason earned an M.A. degree in Teaching. As a high school teacher, Jason served students and pediatric cancer patients in various assignments with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Renton and Kent School Districts. Prior to his time at AUS, Jason served as Human Resource Manager and a member of the senior management team at a local aerospace manufacturer where he earned the unofficial title of “the company conscience.”


0012_AUS2013Tsegereda Giorgis, Director of Finance