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Executive Team

Executive Team

Uriah Y. Kim is the President of the GTU and John Dillenberger Professor of Biblical Studies. He earned his PhD in Biblical Studies from the GTU, and also holds an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, a ThM from Candler School of Theology of Emory University, and a BA in philosophy from New York University. He is the author of Decolonizing Josiah: Toward a Postcolonial Reading of the Deuteronomistic History (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2005) and Identity and Loyalty in the David Story: A Postcolonial Reading (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2008), and is co-editor of Handbook of Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics (T&T Clark, 2019). He loves to drive on the scenic roads of California with his wife.


Our Chief Strategy Officer and Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Sephora Markson, brings to the GTU expertise in marketing and communications, as well as a scholarly background in religious studies, holding a BA in Religious Studies from UC Berkeley and an MTS from Harvard Divinity School. She’s worked with Fortune 1000 companies, start-ups, and internationally recognized nonprofits, and served as Senior Director of Marketing and Recruitment at The New School in New York, where she led the launch of Open Campus, the university’s destination for continuing, online and professional education, and also earned a Global Executive Master’s in Strategic Design and Management. When she’s not working to help students pursue their dreams, you can find her running in Tilden State Park, taking a yoga class, or exercising her creativity as a writer, singer, collage artist, and adventurer.


Colyn Wohlmut is the Director of Library Services at the GTU’s Flora Lamson Hewlett Library. Colyn has worked in academic libraries for nearly 20 years. She earned her BA in Music from San Francisco State University, her Master's in Library Sciences from San Jose State University, and an MA in Book Conservation from the University of Arts, London. The first 10 years of her career in libraries was spent at Stanford University's Green Library, in the Humanities Resource Group. After leaving to pursue a specialty in conservation and rare books, she ran the London Contemporary Dance School Library before returning to the US. Before being welcomed at the GTU, she worked for the California State Library, Sutro Library.


Elizabeth S. Peña is the GTU’s Interim Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She also serves as the Director of the Center for the Arts & Religion and Doug Adams Gallery, and Senior Lecturer in Art, Anthropology, and Museum Studies. She earned PhD and MA degrees in Archaeology from Boston University and a BA in Classical Archaeology from the University of Michigan.  As an archaeologist, arts administrator, and museum professional, she has directed archaeological field projects, managed academic departments, served as museum curator, undertaken a wide range of museum consulting projects, and participated in review panels for federal funding agencies and professional organizations. She has taught courses in archaeology, anthropology, and museum studies; at the GTU, she teaches on topics related to museums and religion, material culture theory, and object based learning. In her spare time, she is likely to be found reading or gardening. 


As the GTU’s Chief Financial OfficerMike Cairns brings years of diverse experience in finance and operations, spanning Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and several institutions of higher education. For the past 20 years, Mike has served in executive positions, including Interim CFO for and CFO and Vice President for Finance and Administration at Saybrook University, a graduate school rooted in Humanistic Psychology. As CFO and VP of Finance and Operations at San Francisco Theological Seminary, he increased the Seminary’s annual revenue by more than $1 million. Mike emigrated to the US from Scotland to attend the University of Hartford, where he earned his BA in Business Administration. He holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant. In his spare time, Mike enjoys the teamwork of Tough Mudders. Mike is committed to his family in both Scotland and the US, he is a dog lover, and he enjoys reading The Economist.


Marie Lucero is the GTU’s Chief Operating Officer, where her responsibilities include oversight of facilities, information technology, human resources, and enterprise risk management. Marie also serves as the Chief Title IX Officer for the institution. She has spent her career working in higher education, supporting students through their educational journeys. Before coming to the GTU, Marie served as Operations Manager for the Berkeley Student Cooperative, a non-profit housing provider that removes barriers to higher education for low-income and traditionally marginalized students. She holds an MA in Education Administration and a BA in Economics from the University of Redlands. When she’s not working Marie can be found on a run, exploring local hiking trails, watching a sporting event, or coaching her son’s baseball team.