Ashford University Leadership

Ashford University's outstanding leadership has a strong background in academic administration, with a focus on continuously improving student success and academic quality. Learn more about them below.

Richard Pattenaude | Ashford University

Dr. Richard L. Pattenaude
Ashford University President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Richard L. Pattenaude joined Ashford University in 2012 as President and Chief Executive Officer, bringing with him more than 40 years of experience in various leadership positions in higher education.

From 2007-2012, Dr. Pattenaude served as Chancellor of the University of Maine System, after serving for 16 years as President of the University of Southern Maine. He also spent five years as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Central Connecticut State University, five years as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and six years as a member of the Political Science faculty and the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Drake University.

Dr. Pattenaude spearheaded Ashford University’s accreditation process and in 2013, Ashford University obtained initial accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Dr. Pattenaude was Chair of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the regional accrediting entity. He is actively involved in numerous community organizations and currently serves on the Boards of San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), Maine Health, the Alfond College Scholarship Challenge, and Lee Auto Malls.

Dr. Pattenaude earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Colorado and a B.A. degree in Economics at San Jose State University. His areas of expertise include American government, university leadership, public administration, and organizational theory. In addition, Dr. Pattenaude is a Vietnam veteran.

Dr. Lori Williams
Ashford University Provost

Dr. Lori Williams joined Ashford University in October 2013. As the University’s Provost, she is responsible for all aspects of Ashford’s academics, including academic programs, accreditation and assessment, the academic mission, and the academic experience for students.

Dr. Williams brings more than 25 years of experience in education to Ashford. Most recently, she served as the Vice Provost of Curriculum Development and Innovation at Kaplan University. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of the Center for Student Success at Walden University. Previous positions include Vice President of Product Strategy and Development at Laureate Online Education, Executive Director of Laureate’s eLearning Group, and Director of Instructional Technology at Union Institute & University.

Throughout her career, Dr. Williams has also taught extensively, serving as professor, thesis advisor, and mentor. She has authored and edited several professional publications, participated in a number of professional presentations, and is affiliated with several organizations, including the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education and the Sloan Consortium. Dr. Williams also serves on the Board of Directors for the Downtown San Diego Partnership (DSDP).

Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute & University, an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Saint Michael’s College, and a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University.

Andrew Shean | Ashford University

Dr. Andrew Shean
Chief Academic Learning Officer

Dr. Andrew Shean joined the Ashford University team in 2011. As Vice Provost of Curriculum and Innovation, Dr. Shean is responsible for providing leadership, supervision, and direction for all academic and educational affairs of the University and related programs. His duties include devising innovative strategies, policies and programs for goal attainment and process improvements to reach established academic and education objectives and institutional goals. He supports the university Provost and President in the achievement of university goals.

Before assuming the position of Vice Provost, Dr. Shean was the Executive Dean, in Ashford’s College of Education, Associate Professor in the College of Education and the Council Chair for Ashford’s Education Leadership and Technology program.

Prior to joining Ashford University, Dr. Shean was an Administrator in the Poway Unified School District, leading the district’s initiative to develop an online education program. He has also held faculty positions with Alliant International University, Chapman University and Palomar Community College.

Dr. Shean is actively involved within the community and serves on the board for Junior Achievement in San Diego.

Dr. Shean earned his Doctor of Educational Leadership and Management degree from Alliant International University. He holds an MA in Education and a BA in Sociology from the University of Northern Colorado.

Lizy Lamboy | Ashford University

Dr. Lizy Lamboy
Ashford University Vice Provost of Faculty Operations

Dr. Lamboy arrives at Ashford University with 25 years of experience in education. Most recently, she served as the executive vice president and chief academic officer at Ameritas Educational Services. Before that, she was the acting dean at Brandman University. Previous positions include director of faculty development at Laureate International Universities, director of program design at Laureate Higher Education, director of faculty and curriculum and chief learning officer for the Ana G. Mendez University System Ventures in Orlando and Miami. Throughout her career, Dr. Lamboy has also taught extensively, specializing in leadership and management, instructional technology, and distance education.

Dr. Lamboy holds a Doctorate in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University, an M.A. in Education (ESOL) from Universidad del Turabo, and a B.A. in Education from Universidad de Puerto Rico.



Steve Quattrociocchi

Chief Operating Officer

Steve Quattrociocchi joined Ashford University in December 2013. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Quattrociocchi oversees all financial and administrative operations for the University, including Student Services, Student Financial Aid, and Admissions.

Mr. Quattrociocchi brings more than 25 years of experience in the education field to Ashford – working in supplemental education, services to school districts, and higher education – in both classroom and online environments. Mr. Quattrociocchi has served in a variety of leadership roles including President and COO, in both the K12 and Higher Ed sectors.

Mr. Quattrociocchi earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a member of the Southern California Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization/World Presidents Organization. Mr. Quattrociocchi also serves on the Board of Directors for Promises2Kids.


Sheri Jones
Senior Vice President of University Services and Strategic Planning

Sheri Jones joined Ashford University in November 2005. As Senior Vice President of University Services and Strategic Planning, she oversees student-related areas, including policy and implementation, student and alumni affairs, career services, financial aid and services, imaging services and the Registrar's Office.

Ms. Jones' career in higher education spans more than 22 years. Before her promotion to Senior Vice President of Administrative Services, she served as University Registrar and Director of Institutional Research. Ms. Jones was later responsible for the creation of several essential functional areas: the Office of Institutional Research, the Office of Policy and Implementation, and a team specializing in online student and alumni affairs, and career services. She has participated in a number of additional projects which demonstrate her fluency in licensure, accreditation and legal compliance; information system planning and implementation; and the institutionalization of modern academic policies and procedures.

Prior to joining Ashford University, Ms. Jones served in various leadership positions in higher education, including Director of Student Services and Administration for Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida, and Director of Student Services for the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ms. Jones holds an M.S. in Education with a Specialization in Leadership for Higher Education from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a B.S. in Psychology from Averett University in Danville, Virginia.

She is a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the Association of Student Affairs in Higher Education (NASPA), the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and the Association for Institutional Research. Ms. Jones also serves on the Board of Directors for the Jenna Druck Center.

Bridget McGuire

Senior Vice President of Financial Aid & Services

Bridget McGuire joined Ashford University in May 2014 as Senior Vice President, Financial Aid & Services. In this role, she is responsible for proper development, administration, compliance, and oversight for all financial services programs, including third-party vendor relationships with federal, state, and local agencies. Ms. McGuire is accountable for compliance with all regulatory and institutional policies and procedures, ensuring continuous eligibility for financial assistance programs.

Ms. McGuire has more than 17 years of student finance experience in the proprietary higher education industry. Most recently, she served as Associate Vice President of Student and Financial Services for Everest University – Corinthian Colleges, Inc. where she managed both the Student Finance Office and the Student Services Department. She was responsible for seven key regulatory departments across two brands, including financial aid, student accounts, registrar, student retention, high-risk students, laptop processing, and student support services. During her career, she also spent nine years with Kaplan University, rising to the position of Vice President, Financial Aid.

Ms. McGuire holds a Master of Science degree in Education – Enrollment Management from Capella University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina.

Jim Smith

Vice President of Finance

Jim Smith joined Ashford University as Vice President of Finance in February 2014. In this role, Mr. Smith is responsible for managing the annual budget process, overseeing the quarterly forecasting process, and performing monthly and quarterly variance analyses and reports in support of Ashford’s objectives.

Mr. Smith brings to Ashford more than 18 years of experience in finance. Most recently, he served as the Associate Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis for Bridgepoint Education. Previously, he held several financial roles at Dresser Wayne and Wayne, GE Energy, both in the United States and in England. He also worked in the finance departments at Dell and Qualcomm. Mr. Smith serves on the Board of Directors for Chelsea's Light Foundation.

Mr. Smith earned his BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from San Diego State University.