Ashford University Leadership
Craig D. Swenson, Ph.D.
Ashford University President
Dr. Craig Swenson was named president of Ashford University in May 2016. He is a recognized leader in adult and distance education, having spent more than 30 years teaching and leading in adult-serving universities that have been pioneers in online and competency-based instruction.
During his career in higher education, Dr. Swenson served as chancellor of the Argosy University system and as interim president of University of the Rockies. Additionally, he was provost and senior vice president of academic affairs of the University of Phoenix system, and later was provost and vice president of academic affairs at Western Governors University.
Dr. Swenson is a past member of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), the body that advises U.S. Secretaries of Education on issues related to accreditation and quality. He served as a member of the board of directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), as well as the Advisory Board for the CHEA International Quality Initiative.
Additionally, he has served on the U.S. Army Education Advisory Committee and was a member of the Jacob K. Javits Program Fellowship Board at the U.S. Department of Education.
Dr. Swenson earned a Ph.D. in Education from Walden University. He holds a master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Brigham Young University, and a baccalaureate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Utah.
He is active as a peer reviewer and accreditation team chair for the Commission on Senior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WSCUC).