Sunday, October 22 , 2017, 11:43 pm | Fair 57º

 
 
 
 
Posted on December 31, 2014 | 2:09 p.m.

Three New Trustees Join Westmont College Board

Source: Scott Craig for Westmont College

Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Two parents of Westmont College graduates and an alumna have joined the 29-member Westmont Board of Trustees, which oversees the operations of the college.

Mike Allen of Dallas, Helga Houston (Class of 1983) of Columbus, Ohio, and D. Verne Sharma of Pasadena began serving in October.

Allen, president of Providence Energy Corporation, and his wife, Melissa, have four children, including two Westmont alumni, Luke and William, both of the Class of 2007. Allen says their Dallas-based family first heard of Westmont from friends whose children were attending.

“They loved Westmont and encouraged us to come out and look at the college,” he says. “It’s exciting to be a part of Westmont’s unique blend of rigorous academics and Christian theology.”

As a member of the board, Allen is interested in sharing his business knowledge and entrepreneurial ideas.

Houston, a chief risk officer for Huntington Bancshares, says attending Westmont fundamentally changed who she is.

Houston
Helga Houston

“I grew up in a Christian home, but it was the first time I had to put things together intellectually and spiritually, and decide who it is that I am and who I want to be,” she says.

Houston, who has been on the Westmont Board of Advisors for four years, brings a wealth of business experience to the board of trustees.

“I want to be engaged to find ways to use my education and business training in ways that are beneficial to the college,” she says.

Sharma, CEO, president and chairman of the board of Calhoun Vision, and his son, Matthew, who graduated from Westmont in 2011, were attracted to Westmont’s Christian faith and rigorous academics.

Sharma
D. Verne Sharma

“This is a unique environment that combines young men and women who want to serve the Lord and live life a certain way with a quality education,” Sharma says. “Westmont is the best of both worlds.”

He has lived in the U.S., Japan and Asia for many years and is looking forward to using his business expertise to expand Westmont’s global mission.

“I have a good understanding of the international environment to assist Westmont as it seeks to meet its global objectives,” he says. “This is a great opportunity for me to be around like-minded, mature Christians, and to be involved in the governance of an important academic institution.”

— Scott Craig is the media relations manager for Westmont College.

 
  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.



Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >