Staff Directory


Archibald E. Asawa

Vice President for Finance & Administration

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Investment Officer

Phone: 949-480-4006

Fax: 949-480-4264


Finance and Administration Staff

Finance and Business Office Staff


Archibald E. Asawa joined Soka University of America in March 1998.  Asawa’s responsibilities include the overall management of the University’s operations, including budget, finance, endowment, information technology, development, community relations, facilities and landscape management, purchasing, environmental health and safety, security, events, contracts management and auxiliary businesses.  He currently serves as the University’s chief investment officer, managing a $1.2 billion endowment. 

He is active in the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), currently on the NACUBO Board of Directors, and also having served as the past Chairs of NACUBO’s Small Institutions Council and National Awards Committee. He is also currently serving on the Board of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO) and recently served as Program Chair for WACUBO’s Seattle 2017 Annual Conference.  He is slated to become WACUBO President in 2018-19.

Prior to joining the university, Asawa worked as a management consultant to Fortune 500 corporations, universities and public sector agencies since the 1980s. He also served as Special Advisor to the Mayor and Manager of Special Projects for Mayor Richard J. Riordan, City of Los Angeles.

Asawa received his BA in Economics from Yale University and attended the doctoral program in management at UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management, focusing on strategy and organization.