Ashford University Appoints John Ballheim as Vice President, Campus Director

Ashford University is pleased to name Mr. John Ballheim, as Vice President, Campus Director. He will report directly to Ashford’s President, Dr. Jane McAuliffe and his responsibilities will include providing day-to-day leadership to Ashford’s students, faculty, and staff, as well as being responsible for the overall business management, operations, and the administration of the academic programs of the University’s campus.

“Given the exponential growth of Ashford’s campus, and the future growth we anticipate, we are honored to have someone of Mr. Ballheim’s caliber join our leadership team. I am confident that he will help to build upon our existing strengths and traditions, as we move forward in our vision to provide accessible, affordable, innovative, high-quality learning opportunities and degree programs to students across the country and beyond,” said Dr. Jane McAuliffe, President of Ashford University.

Prior to his appointment at Ashford University, Mr. Ballheim served as a Senior Professor at DeVry University in Columbus, Ohio. Before that he was the President of the DeVry Institute of Technology, where he helped to grow its enrollment and programmatic offerings. Also at DeVry, he served as President of its Columbus, Ohio campus, as President of its Canadian Institute of Technology, and various other operational roles. He also served as the Dean of Admissions and the Dean of Students at Rosary College, in River Forest, Illinois.

Mr. Ballheim earned his Bachelor degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and his Master of Education in Administration from the University of Illinois.

Founded in 1918, Ashford University® is a coeducational institution regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, with programs in education, business, accounting, criminal and social justice, computer animation and graphic design, and other areas. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a range of student activities and athletics, at its Clinton campus. Online degree programs are available in education, organizational management, business administration, psychology, health care administration, criminal justice and social science. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable on-campus and online programs, with tuition fees among the lowest in the U.S. compared to other private institutions. Its tagline is: “Higher Education Made Affordable”SM. For more information, please visit