Ashford University's Gary Deckard is originally from Ohio, and has a passion for education. His experience includes working for traditional colleges and universities, as well as private for-profit educational institutions. Gary has a Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Loyola University of New Orleans and a Doctoral Degree in Education from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Gary enjoys camping, kayaking, hiking, fitness, attending sporting events; he also collects Steinbach nutcrackers and religious artifacts as a hobby. He is committed to helping students learn important life lessons, and strives to be an active participant in his students' success.