Board of Directors

Dr. Richard Maxfield, Board Chair

Dr. Richard MaxfieldDr. Maxfield served on the Utah State Board of Education for eight years in the 1980s, including a term as Chairman in the wake of the “A Nation at Risk” call for educational reform. With expertise in educational improvement and educational technology, with particular emphasis on the benefits of a learner-based approach rather than the dominant teacher-based approach to education, Dr. Maxfield served for many years as an educational consultant to the Utah Legislature. He received his B.A. in Physical Science from the University of Utah, and then continued his education at BYU earning an M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. Dr. Maxfield has served as a consultant for the full spectrum of education—from pre-school with Head Start to post-graduate studies. He served as Superintendent of the Applied Technology Center in Richfield, Utah (now Snow College–South), and gained international experience as the lead consultant for Thailand’s system of seventy tech schools. Dr. Maxfield is currently active in supporting efforts to close the achievement gap for minority populations in Utah’s schools as well as to increase access to quality education in developing countries throughout the world. He has received the “Honored Alumni Award” from BYU.

Assets for AISU Board: Dr. Maxfield’s experience as a member of the Utah State Board of Education, including a term as its chairman, as well as serving as a board member for the Salt Lake City School District provide AISU’s board with a wealth of expertise in public school board governance, policy, and procedure. Dr. Maxfield also has expertise in the field of educational psychology and technology and is a strong advocate for “learner-based” instructional strategies.  Furthermore, Dr. Maxfield’s work as the administrator for a public higher education institution provideshim with a working knowledge of administrative and financial policies and procedures associated with the public sector entities.

Braxton J. (BJ) Millar

Mr. Millar is a business leader and Management/Operations Consultant with over 23 years of experience in healthcare, technology, and organizational development consulting. He is an expert in the Physician-Hospital Enterprise and a consummate professional driven by intellectual honesty, personal integrity, results oriented project management, and team building. Mr. Millar is an accomplished public speaker, facilitator, and educator with local, regional, and national presentation experience. In accepting a position on the AISU board as he is seeking opportunities to give back to his community and to share his time, experience, and resources to improve education for the rising generation and establish a solid foundation for our future leaders. Mr. Millar earned an MBA from BYU.

Assets for AISU Board: Mr. Braxton has extensive experience work with boards–including non-profit organizations. He is also experienced working with complex partnerships involving non-profit, public, and for-profit entities that have significant similarities to AISU’s organizational context.

David Chan

david chan1Dr. David Chan has been doing business in America, Canada, Taipei, Hong Kong and China for more than 30 years. Dr. Chan has a deep feeling and understanding of Chinese and Western culture.

For many years, Dr. Chan has used his advanced educational ideas and administrative experience to make great contributions in Chinese – Western cultural exchanges, education, and development.

In 2008, he was award the “40 Year World Great Service Award” by Scouts Canada. Since 2008, he served as the Chairman of Utah American Chinese Culture and Economy Association. Since 2014, he serves as the overseas director of Shandong China International Culture Exchange Centre. In 2015, he became the Principal of Utah American Chinese Language Institute.

Diane Johnson

Diane Longhurst Johnson has extensive experience in competency-based education and non-traditional educational models in both K-12 and higher education.  She is currently the Associate Provost of Academic Affairs for Patten University and is also the Academic Dean of it’s sister school, New Charter University.  She was the founding Senior Manager of Performance Evaluation at Western Governors University and later the Director of Innovative Programming and Assessment at Utah State University.  Prior to joining WGU, she served Utah public school teachers and administrators as a Program Specialist at the Utah Personnel Development Center with stewardship for curriculum, instruction, assessment, behavioral interventions, and regulatory compliance.  Prior to her state and national level service, Diane spent more than a decade as a special education teacher for students with mild and moderate disabilities.  She is known for her substantive expertise in establishing and scaling large complex academic organizations. Diane is also a nationally recognized consultant on authentic assessment, educational operations, competency-based education, online learning, faculty staffing, models, remote workforces, and data analytics.  She is also known for her broad knowledge of learning analytics, modalities, differences, and academic interventions.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Special Education from Utah State University, a Masters degree in Special Education Leadership from Brigham Young University, and is in the final year of doctoral work for her PhD in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership from Utah State University.  Her passion for non-traditional educational models stems from both personal and professional experiences that underscored the criticality for more flexible and effective models of education for both K-12 and university level students.


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