OCBC Welcomes New Board Member

Dr. Michael J. Beals of Vanguard University Joins Orange County Business Council Board of Directors

IRVINE, CA (August 4, 2023) Orange County Business Council (OCBC) announced today that Dr. Michael J. Beals, President of Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, has joined OCBC’s Board of Directors.

“I am honored to have this community leader join our board of directors. His insights and talents will be invaluable for the Business Council as we continue to advance our infrastructure, workforce, housing, and economic development initiatives,” said Jeffrey Ball, President and CEO of OCBC.

Prior to being named the 10th President of Vanguard University, Beals served in various leadership roles at Vanguard including assistant professor of Philosophical Theology and Christian Ethics and Dean of Spiritual Formation. An alumnus of Vanguard, Beals brings 40 years of experience in higher education to the private faith-based institution. After earning his Bachelor’s degree from Vanguard, Beals earned an M.A. in Church Leadership also from Vanguard, and a second M.A. in Biblical Studies and Theology, as well as a PhD in Christian ethics, both from Fuller Theological Seminary. Vanguard University was recently accepted as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II.

About Orange County Business Council
For over 25 years, Orange County Business Council (OCBC) has been representing and promoting the region’s business community together with government and academia to enhance the economic development of the nation’s sixth largest county. The Council’s core initiatives include advocating for adequate investment in regional and statewide infrastructure, education development that leads to a competitive workforce, advocating for a range of housing, and developing pro-business solutions that lead to sustainable economic growth. Members include businesses and local organizations representing a diverse cross section of industries including biomedical, construction, education, financial services, health care, manufacturing, municipalities, nonprofit, real estate, technology, tourism, transportation, real estate and utilities. For more information, visit ocbc.org.

Media Contact:

Lizz Mishreki, APR

Vice President of Communications

Orange County Business Council


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