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Administration & Board of Directors

Glendale University College of Law Administration

Darrin Greitzer, Dean and President

Kimberly Greitzer, Administrative Dean and Vice President

Vahe Petrossian, Chief Technology Officer

David Ruiz Riera, Assistant Dean

Allen Chris Metea, Assistant Administrative Dean

Rebecca Burns, Controller

Natalie Ybarra, Admissions Counselor

Members of the GUCL Administration may be contacted by calling 818-247-0770 between 10:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, or by email.

Glendale University College of Law Board of Directors

Michael M. Babikian

Chairman of the Board and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law
Glendale University College of Law

  • B.A., University California, Irvine, 1993
  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1997
  • LL.M., University of San Diego, 1999
  • M.B.A., University of Southern California, 2004
  • Harvard Business School Alumnus, Program for Leadership Development, 2012

Chairman Babikian is an established innovator at the intersection of technology and financial services. Leveraging a deep understanding of financial services, in particular the life insurance industry, he co-founded LegacyShield Solutions, Inc. LegacyShield is a first of its kind “Amazon like” digital platform that connects financial services companies, life insurance carriers, advisors, with their clients to assure timely and accurate execution of financial plans. At LegacyShield, Chairman Babikian served as its first CEO from 2015 to 2020. Since the beginning of 2020 Chairman Babikian has been the COO of First Financial Resources, one of the nation’s oldest and largest insurance producer groups.

Beginning in early 2003, Chairman Babikian became a critical member of Transamerica’s senior management team. During his tenure at Transamerica he achieved national recognition for his technical expertise and creative innovation. He served as President and CEO of Transamerica Brokerage from 2012 to 2015.

In 2000, Chairman Babikian joined GUCL’s team as adjunct faculty in the field of taxation. In 2002 he was invited to join the school’s Board of Directors. In 2009, the board selected him to serve as chairman.

Vahe Petrossian

Member of the Board of Directors and Chief Technology Officer
Glendale University College of Law

  • B.A., Occidental College, 1995
  • M.S., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997

Mr. Petrossian is a technology expert specializing in data protection, cybersecurity, privacy and compliance. His background is diverse with cross-industry skill sets and experience having worked in Defense, Education, and served in the United States Army and Navy.

Highlighting Mr. Petrossian’s career is his 20-year tenure with Northrop Grumman in Defense technologies as a Systems Engineer, and later as a Computer Systems Architect. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Glendale University College of Law, as well as Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of SecureShareit.com. He previously served as Chief Technology Officer for Legacyshield and as a Systems Architect for both Tritech Corporation and Infinite Source Technologies. In 2002, he was invited to join the GUCL Board of Directors.

The Honorable Steven Marcus

Member of the Board of Directors and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law
Glendale University College of Law

  • B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 1998
  • J.D., Honors, Glendale University College of Law, 2004

The Honorable Steven Marcus was appointed as an Immigration Judge in June 2020 by Attorney General William P. Barr. Judge Marcus’ noteworthy career in immigration law, 14 years as an Assistant Chief Counsel, U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, makes him uniquely qualified for the bench.

An accomplished attorney with distinguished front-line and supervisory experience, he has prosecuted and defended client interests before immigration courts and agency tribunals, and has a proven track record of effective legal representation in public service and private practice. Judge Marcus joined the GUCL faculty in 2008.

Darrin Greitzer

Member of the Board, Dean and President
Glendale University College of Law

  • B.A., Pitzer College, 1989
  • Certificate General Course of Study, London School of Economics, 1987/1988
  • J.D., Willamette University School of Law, 1996
  • Certificate Dispute Resolution, Willamette University College of Law, 1996

Since joining the administration in 1997, Dean Greitzer has elevated GUCL’s infrastructure to meet the standards for contemporary legal education and refined the law program to ensure it remains an access point in which an exceptionally diverse student body can succeed.

Institutional integrity is a hallmark of Dean Greitzer’s tenure. Admission to GUCL is selective, serious learning is cultivated, academic support is abundant, performance expectations are transparent, and grading standards are rigorous, yet fair. Dean Greitzer wants every student admitted to GUCL to be successful and lets them know exactly what it takes to do that.

An expert in optimizing student performance, Dean Greitzer has artfully adjusted curriculum and educational pedagogy resulting in GUCL consistently ranking as a top performer on the CA Bar Exam among its peer California Committee of Bar Examiners accredited law schools.

A remarkable accomplishment facilitated by the Dean, with the full support and talents of the Administration and Board of Directors, is the transition from a 53-year classroom-based program to virtual learning as necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the challenges, Dean Greitzer led the GUCL community into the 20/21 academic year with no increase of tuition or fees, zero reduction in course offerings, minimal voluntary student attrition, and increased applications for admission.

Kimberly Greitzer

Member of the Board, Administrative Dean and Vice President
Glendale University College of Law

  • B.A., San Diego State University, 1985
  • B.S.L., Glendale University College of Law, 1990

Assistant Administrative Dean Kimberly Greitzer has worked at GUCL since 2000 holding a variety of positions including Director of Admissions and Registrar. Focusing on the oversight of non-academic infrastructure, “Dean Kimberly” manages day-to-day operations, the GUCL Business Office, admissions, student affairs, records maintenance, finances, accreditation compliance, and other administrative matters. She serves as Chair of the Admissions Committee and sits on the Academic Council. Her creativity and business acumen are demonstrated in her oversight, development, and maintenance of GUCL marketing efforts, student recruitment, and student financial services. She also provides career and resume guidance.