Meet Our Team
Keith Hall, EdD
Vice President for Student Belonging, Chief Diversity Officer
Keith Hall is a Middle Tennessee native who started his higher education career in 2001 and joined APU in 2012. As vice president for student belonging and chief diversity officer at Azusa Pacific, Keith is a member of President’s Cabinet and provides strategic leadership and oversight of the Athletics Department, the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Student Affairs.
Hall also leads ongoing efforts to further cultivate a university culture and climate that enable the diverse demography of faculty, staff, and students at APU to thrive and experience belonging. To accomplish this goal, Keith is committed to working collaboratively with administrative, curricular, cocurricular, and student leaders to employ strategic initiatives that enrich the holistic experience of all students across the university system.
Prior to moving to Southern California, Keith was a psychology instructor at Tennessee State University and director of multicultural affairs at Lipscomb University. He earned a BS in Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University, an MS in Counseling Psychology at Tennessee State University, and an EdD in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University.
Aaron Hinojosa, PhD
Associate Dean, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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Prior to his current role, Aaron Hinojosa provided exclusive leadership and direct management of the Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity and its programming and services, which included but was not limited to student-led ethnic organizations, coordinating leadership development and diversity training for student leaders, and collaboratively designing programmatic efforts and initiatives to support the holistic well-being of all students. Aaron brings valued insight and perspective on institutional committees, consultative campaigns, and administrative counsel aimed at elevating DEI as a Kingdom distinctive at APU.
Aaron started his professional career at APU as the director of the Office of Multi-Ethnic Programs in 2011. Prior to his time at APU, he held educational posts such as dean of college counseling at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, associate director of admission and financial aid at Viewpoint School, and associate director of admission for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California.
Aaron earned a BA in Psychology at APU, an MEd in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration at the University of Southern California, and a PhD in Higher Education at APU.
Brooke O’Brien, MA
International Student Engagement Coordinator, Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity
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Brooke O’Brien recently joined the SCRD team, and brings a heart for serving students from all nations and backgrounds. During her undergraduate years at California State University, Long Beach, she enjoyed building relationships with international students and spent six months in Japan as an English tutor with the Navigators college ministries. After graduating with a BA in Liberal Studies, she earned an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Biola University and spent two years as an ESL teacher at Language Scholastics in Irvine, California, and an ESL tutor at Cypress College. Prior to stepping into this role, Brooke was the administrative coordinator for the Office of Spiritual Life at APU. She now looks forward to creating inclusive and meaningful engagement opportunities for our international student community.
Everette Brooks III
Executive Director, Military and Veteran Services
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Everette Brooks responsible for the advancement of services to military-connected and veteran students throughout the APU system. Everette is charged with assessing current student support structures and services and with launching new initiatives in APU’s efforts to build community with and strengthen services to student veterans, Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets, active-duty personnel, Reserve/National Guard members, and all military-connected family members.
During his 12 years in the United States Army, Everette served in a variety of positions that utilized his gifts and skills to assist in creating and implementing a safe environment for military personnel and their families. Everette served our country at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium, for six years; at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, San Diego, for four years; and with the United States Army Veterinary Command at West Point, New York, for two years. Everette holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Park University and an MBA in International Business from Long Island University. He also holds the designation of Certified Professional - Food Safety (CP-FS) from the National Environmental Health Association.