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Ashford University Catalog

University Personnel

Board of Trustees

Dr. Gregory Geoffroy, Chairperson

Dr. Gregory L. Geoffroy brings more than 30 years of experience in higher education to the Ashford University Board of Trustees. Currently, he is President Emeritus at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where he spent the previous ten years as the institution's President. From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Geoffroy served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. He was at Pennsylvania State University from 1974 to 1997, where he held a variety of leadership positions, including Dean of the Eberly College of Science and Head of the Chemistry department. Dr. Geoffroy currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Bankers Trust Corporation and is a Grand Council Member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He earned a PhD in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Louisville.

Ms. Mary Jo Maydew, Vice Chairperson

For more than 30 years, Mary Jo Maydew has been providing financial guidance to colleges and universities. From 2000 to 2011, she was the Vice President for Finance and Administration at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts where she had previously been Treasurer since 1987. Prior to that, Ms. Maydew held the positions of Assistant Treasurer and Assistant to the University Controller at Cornell University. Currently, Ms. Maydew serves on the Board of Directors for the Center Redevelopment Corporation and the Investment Committee for The Loomis Communities. In addition, she recently completed a seven-year term as a Commissioner on the New England Association for Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. She has served on the Board of Directors for several educational organizations, including the Tuition Plan Consortium, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, and the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers. Ms. Maydew earned her MBA from Cornell University and her BS in Accounting from the University of Denver.

Lt. Col. Paul Aguirre

Lt. Col. Paul Aguirre is the Logistics Readiness Squadron Commander for the 161st Air Refueling Wing (ARW) of the Arizona National Guard. In this role, he manages a professional support staff that includes legal, chaplain, public affairs and other support functions. He has served over 22 years in the military, deploying to Afghanistan in 2011 to 2012, where he worked in the Chief of Staff's office at the NATO Headquarters in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His diverse management experience includes serving as Public Affairs Officer for the Arizona National Guard, where he represented the over 8,000 members of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs to media and community groups. He also has an extensive financial management background that includes 12 years as the Comptroller for the 161st ARW, managing an annual budget exceeding 40 million dollars, and Resource Manager for the Joint Counter Narcotics Task Force, a joint Army and Air Guard program supporting local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Guard Association of Arizona. A strong advocate for adult education, Lt. Col Aguirre earned his BA from the University of Phoenix while on active duty with the Arizona National Guard.

Dr. Grey Edwards, Jr.

Chief of the Army Continuing Education Services (ACES) Hub at Fort Benning, Georgia; served as a practitioner of the U.S. Army adult education program. In 2009, she retired from her full-time position as the W. Dallas Herring Professor of Community College Education in the Department of Adult and Higher Education at North Carolina State University. In 2001, Dr. González Sullivan also served as the Interim Director for Community College Relations at The College Board. Prior to that, she has held community college presidencies in the states of Connecticut and Maryland. Dr. González Sullivan has been involved in the community college movement at the national, regional, and local levels for many years. She has served on the board of directors of the American Association for Community Colleges twice, was the national president of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), and was the Executive Director of the National Community College Hispanic Council’s Leadership Fellows Program. She served 12 years as a member of the board of trustees for the American University of Rome and presently chairs the Community Coalition on Race in Maplewood, NJ. Dr. González Sullivan holds her EdD in Vocational Education and EdS in Adult Education from the University of Arkansas. She holds her MA in Spanish Literature from New York University and earned her BA from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. Her research interests focus on the effects of leadership training, an area in which she has published numerous articles and book chapters.

Dr. Leila González Sullivan

Adjunct faculty member /faculty facilitator for the New York Student Cluster in the School of Education Leadership for Change of Fielding Graduate University; former W. Dallas Herring Professor of Community College Education. In 2009, she retired from her full-time position as the W. Dallas Herring Professor of Community College Education in the Department of Adult and Higher Education at North Carolina State University. In 2001, Dr. González Sullivan also served as the Interim Director for Community College Relations at The College Board. Prior to that, she has held community college presidencies in the states of Connecticut and Maryland. Dr. González Sullivan has been involved in the community college movement at the national, regional, and local levels for many years. She has served on the board of directors of the American Association for Community Colleges twice, was the national president of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), and was the Executive Director of the National Community College Hispanic Council’s Leadership Fellows Program. She served 12 years as a member of the board of trustees for the American University of Rome and presently chairs the Community Coalition on Race in Maplewood, NJ. Dr. González Sullivan holds her EdD in Vocational Education and EdS in Adult Education from the University of Arkansas. She holds her MA in Spanish Literature from New York University and earned her BA from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. Her research interests focus on the effects of leadership training, an area in which she has published numerous articles and book chapters.

Dr. Merle W. Harris

Dr. Merle W. Harris brings 45 years of educational experience to the Ashford Board of Trustees. She has served in a variety of roles at institutions of higher education, high schools, grade schools and the Connecticut Department of Higher Education. Most recently, she served as Professor of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Public Policy and Higher Education Policy, Law and Foundations at Charter Oak State College and the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Dr. Harris also works as a consultant in planning, policy development and accreditation in education and higher education. From 1989 to 2008, Dr. Merle served as Executive Director of the Board for State Academic Awards and President of Charter Oak State College. She also served as Interim President of Central Connecticut State University and as Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Research Planning for the Connecticut Department of Higher Education. Dr. Merle currently sits on the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Connecticut Allied Health Policy Board. She earned her EdD in Education Policy, Research and Administration from the University of Massachusetts, and her MS in Guidance and Counseling and BS in Education from Central Connecticut State College. 

Dr. Carol Kasworm

Dr. Carol Kasworm has nearly four decades of experience studying adult learners and is considered a leading authority on adult undergraduate students in higher education. She is the W. Dallas Herring professor emerita of adult and community college, formerly of the Department of Leadership, Policy and Adult and Higher Education at North Carolina State University. Her research interests have focused upon the adult undergraduate experience, including the nature of learning engagement and participation patterns of adult students, the situated influences of varied higher education contexts on adult learners, and the role of adult higher education in a lifelong learning society. Dr. Kasworm has held faculty appointments at University of Texas – Austin, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, University of Houston – Clear Lake and University of South Florida. She has also served as Associate Dean of Research and Technology in the College of Education at University of Tennessee – Knoxville and Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Program Development at University of Houston – Clear Lake. In 2002, Dr. Kasworm was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. She received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from Valparaiso University, her MA in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University and her EdD in Adult Education from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Paula Kelly

Dr. Paula Kelly has more than 20 years’ experience in higher education extended studies leadership and served as the Dean of the College of Extended Studies at San Diego State University. She was responsible for building strategic alliances with external partners including corporations, other universities, ministries, and governmental agencies. She has a background in entrepreneurial self-support education and international business, and traveled to more than 30 countries in Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East to market and develop College of Extended Studies international training and development programs for SDSU. Dr. Kelly has served on several Boards of Directors including the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), World Trade Center, Asian Business Association, and St. Vincent de Paul Village. Dr. Kelly earned her doctorate in Education Leadership and Masters in Business Administration from the University of San Diego. She served as the Development Director for USD, Vice President of Development for Monarch School, and she is currently the Director of Development for International Relief Teams. Dr. Kelly has expertise in board development and corporate, foundation, major gift and capital campaign fundraising.

Dr. Meredyth A. Leahy 

Dr. Meredyth A. Leahy has over 30 years of experience working with adult educators and adult learners in basic literacy, secondary, continuing and higher education, in both public sector and military education venues, including Temple University and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Cabrini College, Muhlenberg College, and Excelsior. From 1994 to 2008 she served as Dean, School of Liberal Arts, Excelsior College, Albany, New York. Since her retirement, she has served as distance education adjunct faculty for Excelsior College teaching an undergraduate course on the history and philosophy of American education, and North Carolina State University where she taught a graduate course on the adult learner. She recently joined the American Council on Education's Military Installation Voluntary Education Review (MIVER) as a program review team member. Dr. Leahy earned her Bachelor's degree from Edinboro State Teachers College and her Master's and Doctorate degrees in adult education from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Craig W. Linebaugh

Dr. Craig W. Linebaugh brings a wealth of experience in higher education to the Ashford Board of Trustees. He has spent more than 35 years at The George Washington University serving in a variety of leadership roles, including Senior Associate Provost of Academic Operations, Associate Vice President for Academic Planning, and Chief Academic Operating Officer of the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. Currently, he is a Professor of Speech and Hearing Science and a Research Professor of Medicine at The George Washington University. Dr. Linebaugh sits on the Board of Trustees Committee on a Science and Engineering Complex. He earned his post-doctoral fellow in Speech-Language Pathology from the Mayo Clinic, his PhD in Speech and Hearing Science and MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Temple University, and a BA in English Literature from Lebanon Valley College.

Dr. Geri Hockfield Malandra

Dr. Geri H. Malandra is the founder and principal of Malandra Consulting LLC, a firm created to assist higher education leaders with the development and implementation of outcomes-focused management, accountability, and policy initiatives. From 2012-2013, she served as Senior Advisor to the President of Kaplan University, after serving the previous two years as Provost. Prior positions include her role as the Senior Vice President for Leadership, Membership, and Policy Research at the American Council on Education, and as Vice Chancellor for Strategic Management for the University of Texas System. Dr. Malandra also served as Associate Vice Provost at the University of Minnesota, where she spent more than 16 years working in various leadership capacities. Her public service includes an appointment by former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings to serve as a member and Vice Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity. Dr. Malandra holds her MA and PhD in Ancient Studies from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She earned her BA from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Dr. Peter J. Negroni

Dr. Peter J. Negroni is currently Senior Advisor and consultant to EMC Publishing and the College Board. A career educator with more than 50 years of experience in education, Dr. Negroni spent 30 years in the New York City Public Schools, starting as a teacher and ending with 10 years as a school superintendent in the Borough of the Bronx. During his career, Dr. Negroni acted as the Executive Director of an educational foundation in Catawba County, North Carolina, where he led an effort to reform the school districts in that county. In 1989, he was appointed Superintendent in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he earned a national reputation as a transformational leader and was awarded the recognition of Superintendent of the Year. In 2000, Dr. Negroni returned to New York City to assume the position of Senior Vice President at the College Board, where he spent 13 years leading major efforts in the K-12 and International Divisions before retiring in August 2013. Dr. Negroni holds a doctorate from Fairleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck, N.J and a bachelor’s degree from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York.

Ms. Cheryl Ann Oldham

Cheryl Ann Oldham is Vice President of Education Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Her 20 years of experience in public policy, education, and government relations includes eight years of service in President George W. Bush’s administration. Most recently, she served in a variety of roles with the U.S. Department of Education, including Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education, Chief of Staff for the Office of the Under Secretary of Education, and Executive Director for the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education. Oldham began her career serving as Health and Human Services Policy Director for the Texas Office of State-Federal relations in Washington, D.C. She also currently serves on the National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board. Oldham earned her JD from St. Mary University’s School of Law and her BA in Political Science from Texas Christian University.

Dr. Karen Paulson

Dr. Karen Paulson is a Senior Associate at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). Her areas of expertise include assessment, evaluation, accreditation, and the use of data in state policymaking; she has worked at over 40 postsecondary institutions and in 30 states. She conducts evaluations for institutions and consortia with externally funded projects including the State Scholars Initiative, Title III, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Comprehensive, and Learning Anytime Anyplace Partnership grants. She is the author of “Developing Public Agendas for Higher Education: Lessons for Comparative State Higher Education Policy,” in State Postsecondary Education Research: New Methods to Inform Policy and Practice, edited by K. M. Shaw and D. E. Heller in 2007, “Adult Learners in the United States: A National Profile” (co-authored with Marianne Boeke for the American Council on Education, 2006), and “A Data Audit and Analysis Toolkit to Support Assessment of the First College Year” (2003). She holds engineering degrees in addition to her higher education study. Her Ph.D. is in Higher Education with a minor in Policy Analysis from The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Donald Bird

Dr. Donald M. Bird is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and former Head of the Department of Chemistry, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado. Dr. Bird served as a civilian faculty member from December 1993, when he retired from active duty as a Lieutenant Colonel, until June 2014 when he retired from Civil Service. During his assignments at the Academy, Dr. Bird taught courses in organic chemistry, biochemistry, polymer chemistry, and general chemistry. While on active duty, Dr. Bird served as an aircrew navigator, instructor navigator, standardization/evaluation navigator, Post Attack Command and Control System Operations Planner, and as an Emergency War Order Planner in support of KC- and EC-135 operations at Grissom AFB, McConnell AFB, and with the Wisconsin Air National Guard at General Billy Mitchell Field in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Bird was commissioned through Officer Training School in October 1971, after completing both his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and his Master of Science degree in Food Technology at the University of Illinois. Under Air Force sponsorship, he completed his PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Colorado in 1987. Dr. Bird has published research related to the chemistry of anti-tumor drugs, waste water recycling in space environments, and the use of ionic liquids to neutralize chemical warfare agents. Dr. Bird also supported Air Force athletics as the Officer Representative for both the baseball and football teams. In retirement, Dr. Bird continues to serve as a peer reviewer and team chair for The Higher Learning Commission, the regional accrediting body that accredits the United States Air Force Academy and more than 1,100 other schools in a 19-state region in the central United States. Dr. Bird is chairman of the board of directors of the Air Academy Federal Credit Union and now also serves on the board of trustees for Ashford University.

Mr. Gordon Wishon

Gordon Wishon is the retired CIO of Arizona State University (ASU), providing leadership for the University Technology Office, responsible for providing technology services and support to ASU’s more than 90,000 students and 10,000 faculty, staff, and researchers. He previously served as CIO at the University of Notre Dame and at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also a retired USAF officer, serving 20 years with the U.S. Air Force in a variety of roles, from flying fighter aircraft to engineering avionics systems for a new generation of fighter aircraft. At Georgia Tech, Gordon played a key role in preparing the campus to serve as the home of the Olympic Village during the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and he guided the successful implementation of Georgia Tech’s first ERP platform. Mr. Wishon was the founding chair of the Southeastern Universities Research Association’s (SURA) CIO Council and served on its Board Executive Committee. He also served as a founding member of the Southern Crossroads GigaPop and chaired its Board of Directors, helping to establish the Southeast’s largest aggregation point for participants in Internet 2 and other advanced networking activities. At Notre Dame, he led a comprehensive campus technology upgrade and was co-PI on a joint Notre Dame/Purdue grant program to establish the Northwest Indiana Computational Grid. He also chaired the Board of Directors of the St. Joseph Valley Metronet, a Northern Indiana regional economic development initiative. Mr. Wishon co-founded and chaired the EDUCAUSE/Internet 2 Security Task Force and served as a faculty member for the EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute. At ASU, he served on the State of Arizona’s Data Governance Commission, the Arizona IT Authorization Committee, chaired the Board of Directors of the Sun Corridor Network, and served on customer advisory boards for Oracle, Sprint, Dell and other technology companies. In 2004, he was selected as one of Computerworld magazine’s Premier 100 IT Leaders, and was awarded CIO magazine’s CIO100 award for innovation in information technology in 2005 and again in 2008. In 2013, he was selected as one of Information Week Magazine’s Top Five CIOs, and ASU was recognized as among Information Week’s Top 100 Innovative Users of Information Technology. In 2014, he received the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award, EDUCAUSE’s highest award, and in 2017 and was voted into CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame. Since retiring from ASU at the end of 2017, he has served as an advisor to several technology startups and as an independent consultant working on projects for university clients and consulting firms. Mr. Wishon holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from West Virginia University and Wright State University in Ohio, respectively.

Mr. Earl D. Caleb

For more than 26 years, Caleb has provided leadership and financial guidance to numerous military entities and a variety of businesses. During his last U.S. Army assignment, Caleb served as the associate chief financial officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters in Washington D.C., supporting approximately 37,000 dedicated civilians and soldiers with annual revenues above $25 billion. Prior to that, Caleb commanded the Army’s 6th Recruiting Brigade, which involved approximately 2,200 soldiers and civilians under his leadership. Colonel Caleb served as director of the Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund; a directorate within the Combined Security Transition Command–Afghanistan (CSTC-A). Caleb was commissioned via ROTC as a second lieutenant into the U.S. Army Infantry, and later completed the rigorous U.S. Army Special Forces Qualification Course and transferred from the Infantry to Special Forces. Caleb served in a variety of command and staff assignments in the operational army and supported six combat deployments during his career, including Somalia, two tours in Afghanistan, and three tours in Iraq. He concluded his Army career as a finance officer in July of 2018 and currently serves as the chief financial officer for Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. Caleb earned a BS in Accounting from Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University. He holds a MBA from Regis University, and a MS in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. His military education includes Infantry officer basic and advanced courses, Command and General Staff College, and Army War College. In addition, Caleb is a licensed certified public accountant (CPA) in Colorado.

Mr. Ty Smith

Mr. Ty Smith is the founder and CEO of Vigilance Risk Solutions (VRS), a physical security and risk mitigation company with special focus in the field of workplace violence mitigation, after 20 years of faithful and honorable service to God and country. He is a highly decorated retired United States Navy SEAL with multiple deployments to the Middle East. Mr. Smith completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University and a Master of Business for Veterans from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.

Dr. Craig Swenson

Dr. Craig Swenson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ashford University. With more than 40 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Swenson is a recognized national leader in higher education. In 2015, Dr. Swenson served as Interim President of University of the Rockies. Prior to that, he served as Chancellor Emeritus and was a Professor of Higher Education Administration at Argosy University. He also served as Chancellor of the Argosy System for seven years and held the position of Chief Academic Officer for Education Management Corporation for several years. Before his tenure at Argosy University, Dr. Swenson was Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Western Governors University. Prior to that, he served as Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs over the University of Phoenix system. At University of Phoenix, he was a Senior Regional Vice President and a Vice President/Campus Director. Dr. Swenson is on the Board of Directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and he serves on the Advisory Board for the CHEA International Quality Initiative. 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. Dr. Swenson has been a member of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), advising the U.S. Secretary of Education on matters related to accreditation and the eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education. In addition, he has served on the Jacob K. Javits Program Fellowship Board at the U.S. Department of Education. He was a non-federal negotiator for the U.S. Department of Education Negotiated Rulemaking process in 2007. Additionally, he was a member of the U.S. Army Educational Advisory Committee, advising the Secretary of the Army on education and training matters. Dr. Swenson earned a PhD in Education with an emphasis in Adult and Organizational Learning at Walden University, a master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Brigham Young University, and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Utah.

Ashford University Administration

Anna Allen, MBA
Vice President, Human Resources

Stephanie Cowsert, MAEd
Associate Vice President, Financial Aid Policy & Compliance

Kyle Curran, MBA
Vice President, Student Success Services

Bob Daugherty, M Phil
Executive Dean, Forbes School of Business

Courtney (Tony) Farrell, PhD
Executive Dean, College of Education

Poppy Fitch, MA
Associate Vice President, Student Affairs Title IX/ADA Coordinator

Jacquie Furtado, EdD
Associate Vice President, Strategy Management and Engagement

Justin Harrison, PhD
Executive Dean, Division of General Education

Morgan Johnson, MA
Associate Vice President, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning

Sheri Jones, MS
Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and University Services

Iris Lafferty, EdD
Associate Vice President, Academic Services

Tricia Lauer, PhD
Associate Vice President, Learning Assessment

Charles R. Minnick, PhD
Clinton Campus President

Stephen Nettles, PhD
Associate Vice President, Assessment & Evaluation

Laura Palmer Noone, JD, PhD
Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer and Accreditation Liaison Officer

Michael Robinson, MA
Vice President, University Services and Policy

Adam Selhorst, PhD
Executive Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Katie Scheie, MA
Vice President, University Registrar

Laura Sliwinski, PhD
Executive Dean, College of Health Human Services and Science

Jim Smith, BS
Senior Vice President, Finance

Heather Weinmann, BS
Vice President, Accounting Controller

Faculty

Any updates to Ashford Faculty are presented on the Ashford University website. Please visit https://www.ashford.edu/online-degrees/faculty for the most up-to-date faculty biographies.

Murad Abel
Management
B.S. Central Michigan University
M.B.A. Davenport University
D.B.A. University of Phoenix

John Ackerman
Political Science
B.S. Florida State University
M.A. Air Command and Staff College
M.A. Golden Gate University
Ph.D. University of Alabama

Julie Adkins
Education
B.A. College of William and Mary
M.T. Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph.D. Capella University

Elaine Alden
Sociology
B.A. Point Loma Nazarene University
M.B.A. National University
Ph.D. University of Kent

Amjad Alkilani
M.S. California State University Fullerton
Ph.D. Tennessee State University

Stephanie Anderson
Psychology
B.A. University of Nebraska at Kearney
M.A., Ph.D. University of Kansas

Lane Andrew
Associate Dean, Division of General Education
B.S. University of Colorado
M.S. University of Denver
Ph.D. University of Northern Colorado

Heather Ann Auger
English
A.A. Chaffey College
B.A., M.A. California State University, San Bernardino

Karen Bakuzonis
Health
B.S. Daemen College
M.S. Medical College of Virginia/ Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph.D. University of Florida

Mingzhen Bao
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
B.A., M.A. Zhejiang University
Ph.D. University of Florida

Kristin Ballard
B.A. University of Maryland
M.S., Ph.D. Capella University

Emma Bate
Anthropology
B.A. Wake Forest University
M.A., Ph.D. Indiana University

John Bathke
Business
B.A. Yale University
J.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Ronald Beach
Associate Dean, Forbes School of Business
B.L.S. University of Oklahoma
M.S., Ph.D. Capella University

Tami Beaty
M.A. Colorado Christian University
Ed.D. Nova Southeastern University

Stacy Beharry
M.A. New York University
Ed.D. University of Southern California

Alan Belcher
Education
B.A., M.A. Marshall University
M.S. West Virginia College of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. Capella University

Joseph Belcher
Associate Dean, College of Health, Human Services & Science
B.S. Mid-America Christian Ministry
M.S., Ph.D. Capella University

Nina Bell
Health
B.A. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.A. University of London’s Birkbeck College
M.P.H., Ph.D. Walden University

Rizza Bermio-Gonzalez
Psychology
B.S. California State University Fresno
M.S., Psy.D. Alliant International University

Sonja Bethune
Psychology
B.A., M.Ed. Wichita State University
Ph.D. California School of Professional Psychology

Carl Beyer
Education
B.S. Beloit College
M.A. Northern Illinois University
Ph.D. University of Illinois

William Blix
C.P.A.
Accounting
B.A. Florida State University
M.B.A. Regis University

Clifford Blizard
M.S. Colorado State University
Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo

Kristina Bodamer
Education/Curriculum and Instruction
B.S., M.A. State University of New York College

Stephen Brewer
Psychology
B.S. University of California, San Diego
M.A., Psy.D. Alliant International University

Wayne Briner
Psychology
B.S.N., M.S. Sangamon State University
Ph.D. Northern Illinois University

Scott Burrus
B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A. Golden Gate University
Ph.D. Northcentral University

Jongbok Byun
Information Systems and Management
B.A., M.A. Sogang University
Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University

Rebecca Campbell
M.A. National University
M.S. Saint Joseph's College

Jorge Cardenas
Associate Dean, Forbes School of Business
B.S., M.S.B.A. San Diego State University
D.B.A. Alliant International University

Deborah Carpenter
Education
B.A. University of California, Riverside
M.A. San Diego State University

Marnie Carroll
M.A. New York University
Ph.D. University of Colorado

James Castleberry
B.S. University of Wisconsin
M.S. Minnesota State University
Ph.D. Cappella University
J.D. William Mitchell College of Law

Erick Cervantes
Health
B.S. Oregon State University
M.P.H. Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
N.D. National College of Natural Medicine

Kunsoo Paul Choi
Managerial Economics
B.A. Sungkyunkwan University
Ph.D. University of Virginia and Drew University

Wendy Conaway
Liberal Arts
B.A. University of Houston
M.S. Our Lady of the Lake University
Ph.D. Walden University

Michael Cooper
English and Literature
B.A. University of South Florida
M.F.A. Georgia State University

Michelle Cranney
Health Information
A.S., M.B.A. Davenport University
B.S. Utah State University
D.H.Sc. A.T. Still University

Tahereh Daneshi
M.S. Midwestern State University
M.S. Oklahoma State University
Ph.D. Texas Christian University

Leon Daniel
Business and Public Administration
B.A. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
M.B.A., D.B.A. University of La Verne

Bill Davis
Management
B.A. Lewis University
M.A. St. Ambrose University

Claire DeCristofaro
Health
B.A. Hunter College of the City of University of New York
M.D. Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Adam Deutsch
English
A.A. Nassau Community College
B.A., M.A. Hofstra University
M.F.A. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Andrea Dilworth
M.A. University of Missouri – Columbia
Ph.D. Jackson State University

Gregory Dlabach
Liberal Arts
B.A. Oklahoma State University
M.A. Missouri State University
Ed.D. University of Arkansas

Veliota Drakopoulou
Management
B.S. State University of New York, New Paltz
M.B.A. New York Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Walden University

Karen Duffala
M.P.A University of Colorado

Srabasti Dutta
Mathematics
B.S. Berea College
Ph.D. State University of New
York, Stony Brook

Kenneth Edick
Associate Dean, Forbes School of Business & Technology
B.A. Thomas A. Edison State College
M.B.A. University of Phoenix
Ph.D. Capella University

Kecia Edwards
M.B.A. Webster University
M.A. Webster University
Ph.D. Capella University

Amr Elchouemi
M.S., Ph.D. University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Ted D. Ellis
Criminal Justice
B.A. Northwest Nazarene College
J.D. University of Idaho College of Law

Robert A. Engelson
Music
B.A. Augsburg College
M.F.A. University of Minnesota
D.M.A. Arizona State University

Tony Farrell
Executive Dean, College of Education
B.A. National University
M.S. National University
M.Ed. University of Oklahoma
Ph.D. University of Hawaii

Max Fassnacht
History
B.A. Evergreen State College
M.A. University of British Columbia

Stephanie Fink De Backer
History
B.S. Georgetown University
M.A. Catholic University of America
Ph.D. University of Arizona

Tamecca Fitzpatrick
Early Childhood Education
B.A., M.A. University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Ed.D. University of North Texas

Brenda Forde
C.P.A.
Accounting
M.B.A. Arizona State University

Christopher Foster
Liberal Arts
B.A. University of California, Davis
M.A., Ph.D. University of Kansas

Don Frey
C.M.A.
Accounting
B.B.A. University of Iowa
M.B.A. St. Ambrose University

Aimee Garten
English
B.A. University of Southern California
M.F.A. National University

Theodore Geier
Ph.D., M.A. University of California, Davis

Lauren Gonzalez
Ed.D. University of North Texas

Susan Gould
M.M. Northwestern University

Paul Greenberg
B.A. Macalester College
M.A., Ph.D. University of Arizona

Frank Guevara
Ed.D. Northcentral University

Adam Gutschmidt
Communications
B.A., M.A. University of Dayton
Ph.D. North Carolina State University

Debby Hailwood
Education
B.A. Chapman University
M.A. Loyola Marymount University

Jeffrey Hall
Associate Dean, Division of General Education
B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. University of South Florida

Adrianne Hanson
English
B.A. Barnard College
M.S. University of Edinburgh
Ph.D. New York University

James Hardy
Philosophy
B.A., B.A. Utah State University
M.A. University of Washington
Ph.D. Indiana University

Pamela Hardy
Associate Dean, Colege of Health, Human Services & Science
B.A. San Diego State University
M.B.A., M.P.H. National University
Ph.D. Capella University

Jessica Harkins
Ph.D., M.A.Ed., University of North Texas,

Yolanda Harper
Psychology
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Ph.D. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Justin A. Harrison
Dean, Division of General Education
B.A. Taylor University
M.A. University of Toledo
Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago

Stephanie Heald
Education
A.A.S. State University of New York, Cobleskill
B.A., M.S. State University of New York, Oneonta

Holly Heatley
History
B.A., M.A. University of Texas, Arlington
M.L.I.S. University of North Texas

Gina Hernez-Broome
B.A. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
M.S., Ph.D. Colorado State University

Bethany Heywood
Social Science
B.A. University of Vermont
Ph.D. Queen’s University Belfast

Marc R. Hnytka
Liberal Arts
B.S., M.S. Ohio State University

George Holbrook
Public Administration and Business Law
B.A. University of California San Diego
M.P.A. National University
J.D. Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Charles P. Holmes
Health
B.S. Eastern Illinois University
M.S., Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Gail Hoskyns-Long
Operations Management
B.S., M.A. Central Michigan University
Ph.D. Capella University

Steven Hrotic
Ph.D. Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Robert E. Jackson
Law Enforcement Administration
A.S. Bellevue Community College
B.S. Washington State University
M.S. Troy State University

James D. Jeremiah
Organizational Behavior and Management
B.S. Cedarville University
Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary
M.B.A. University of Phoenix
Ed.D. Argosy University

Amy Johnson
M.A. Chapman University
Ph.D. Texas Women's University

Lisa Johnson
Instructional Technology and Design
B.A. Florida State University
M.Ed. Georgia State University
Ph.D. Capella University

Kathleen Kelley
Education
B.A. San Diego State University
M.A. Alliant University

Cheri Ketchum
Communication
B.A., M.A. San Francisco State University
Ph.D. University of California, San Diego

Jeral Kirwan
Psychology
B.A., M.S., Ph.D. University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Eric Klein
Dean, Honors College
B.A. The College of New Jersey
M.A., Ph.D. Fairleigh Dickinson University

Karmaveer (Rajin) Koonjbearry
Business
B.S., Wabash College
M.S., University of Dallas
D.Sc. Capitol College

Elizabeth Krewson
B.A., M.A. Brigham Young University
Ph.D. Saybrook Graduate School

Kevin Kuznia
Business
B.A. Wayne State University
M.S. Walsh College
M.B.A. University of Northern Iowa
D.B.A. St. Ambrose University

Jackie W. Kyger
Education
B.S. Southern New Hampshire University
M.A. University of Texas
Ed.D. Texas A&M University

Iris Lafferty
Executive Dean, College of Doctoral Studies
Ed.D. M.Ed. M.Ed.,Harvard University

Joen Larson
EdD B.A Buena Vista College
M.S. Iowa State University
Ed.D. University of Northern Iowa

Stefanie Lassitter
Education
B.A. Grand Valley State University
M.A. Eastern Michigan University
Ed.D. Argosy University

Matthew Laubacher
History and Liberal Arts
B.A. University of California, San Diego
B.S. University of California, San Diego
M. Ed. National University
Ph.D. Arizona State University

Matt Lewerenz
Clugston Teaching Fellow
English
A.A. Clinton Community College
B.A. Ashford University
M.A. Western Illinois University

Maureen Lienau
Education
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. The University of Iowa

Pete Limon
M.S. Capella University
M.B.A. Stevens Henager College
M.S. National University

Holly Lopez
Ed.D. University of California Los Angeles

Chris Lorkowski
M.A. The Ohio State University
Ph.D. Purdue University

Connie Lower
Education
B.S., M.S. Illinois State University
Ed.D. Southern Illinois University

Yvonne Lozano, MFT
Gerontology
B.S. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
M.S. Baylor University
Ph.D. University of North Texas

Hwang-Ji (Sherrie) Lu
Health
B.A. Taipei Medical University
M.A. North Dakota State University
M.A. Central Michigan University
Ph.D. Walden University

David MacKusick
Business
B.A. Clayton State University
J.D. Emory University

Stacy Manning
M.A. THe University of Iowa

Jacquelyn Markham
English Literature
B.A. University of Alabama
M.A., Ph.D. Florida State University

Marvee Marr
Business
B.A. University of Missouri
M.B.A. Inter American University
M.F.A. Columbia College
D.B.A. Argosy University

Denise Maxwell
Associate Dean, College of Education
B.S. University of Central Oklahoma
M.A. University of Northern Colorado
M.A. Ball State University
Ed.D. University of Phoenix

John McAteer
Humanities
B.A. Biola University
M.A. Talbot School of Theology
Ph.D. University of California, Riverside

Martin McAuliffe
Criminal Justice
B.A. Ripon College
J.D. Suffolk University Law School

Debra McCoskey-Reisert
Marketing
B.A. Indiana Wesleyan University
M.B.A. Chancellor University
D.B.A. Argosy University

Christine McMahon
Health
B.A., M.A. Eastern Illinois University
D.H.Ed. AT Still University

Cynthia McNeill
M.B.A. The American InterContinental University
Ph.D. Capella University

James Meetze
English
B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz
M.F.A. Mills College

John Mendes
M.Ed. University of Missouri - Columbia
M.A. Roosevelt University
Ed.D Argosy University

Cara Metz
B.P.E. Ohio State University
M.A., Ed.D University of Cincinnati

Newton Miller
Associate Dean, College of Education
B.A. Cheyney University
M.S. Liberty University
M.Ed. York College
Ph.D. Capella University

Sarah Miller
M.A. University of Evansville
Ed.D The University of West Florida

Shawn Milligan
Business
B.S., M.B.A. Florida State University
D.B.A. Argosy University

Charles Minnick
Business
B.A., M.B.A. St. Ambrose
Ph.D. Walden University

Molly Molnar
Liberal Arts
B.A. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
M.S. National University

James C. Moore
Business
A.A. Scottsdale Culinary Institute
B.A., M.A. University of Phoenix
D.B.A. Argosy University

Caroline Morrell
M.F.A. Bowling Green State University
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Gwen Morse
M.S.N. California State University Dominguez Hills
Ph.D. The University of Arizona

Eric Muenks
B.A. Stetson University
M.S. Troy State University
Ph.D. Capella University

Pamela Murphy
Health
B.A. Hampshire College
M.B.A. American International College
Ph.D. Virginia Tech

Julie Nideffer
Education
B.A., M.A. Arizona State University

Eric Oestmann
Health Care Administration
B.S. Black Hills State University
M.P.T. University of South Dakota
Ph.D. Capella University

Nils Jonas Ohrberg
Sports and Recreation Management
B.A. New Mexico State University
M.A. University of New Mexico
Ph.D. Capella University

Kelly Olsen Stewart
Ed.D., M. Ed. Arizona State University

Adebowale Onatolu
Marketing and Management
B.A. Northeastern Illinois University
M.S. Roosevelt University
D.B.A. University of Phoenix

Holly Ourso
M.S. Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

Mark Pantaleo
Public Administration
B.S. Southern Illinois University
M.B.A. Averett University
Ph.D. Walden University

Suzanne Paone
Health Informatics
M.B.A University of Pittsburgh
D.H.A. University of Phoenix

Neeraj Parikh
M.B.A. DeVry University
D.B.A. Walden University  

Omar Parks
Management
B.F.A. University of Wyoming
M.A. University of Phoenix
D.B.A. Argosy University

Karin Parramore
M.S.O.M. National University of Natural Medicine

Victoria Pasley
History
B.A. University of London
M.A. American University
M.A. Rice University
Ph.D. University of Houston

Janni Pedersen
Cultural Anthropology
Ph.D. Iowa State University

Julie Pedersen
Philosophy
B.A. Loyola University
M.A., Ph.D. Purdue University

Micheal Pelt
Liberal Arts
B.A., M.A. University of Southern Mississippi
Ph.D. Florida State University

Kathleen Pierce-Friedman
Education
B.A. California State University-Sacramento
M.S., Ph.D. Capella University

Donald Platine
Management
B.A. Case Western Reserve University
M.B.A. University of Northern Colorado
Ed.D. University of Tulsa

Olivia Pollard
Health
B.S. University of Phoenix
M.A. College of Saint Scholastica

Ray Powers
Associate Dean, Forbes School of Business & Technology
B.S. Arizona State University
M.B.A., Ed.D. University of Phoenix

Nate Pritts
English
B.A. State University of New York
M.F.A. Warren Wilson College
Ph.D. University of Louisiana

Sandra Rebeor
Health
B.B.A. Campbell University
M.S. Touro University International

Lora Reed
Organizational Management
M.A. Vermont College of Norwich University
Ph.D. Capella University

Michael S. Reilly
B.A. Union Institute
M.A. National University
Ph.D. Walden University

Timothy Rice
B.S. Mobile College
M.S.S., D.S.M. United States Sports Academy

Nicole Rich
Education
B.S., M.Ed., C.A.G.S. Bridgewater State University
Ph.D. Capella University

Allison Rief
Associate Dean College of Education
B.A. University of California - San Diego
M.Ed. University of California - Los Angeles
Ed.D. University of Southern California

Jennifer Robinson
M.A. Ohio University
Ph.D. Washington State University

Amy Rogers
M.Ed. Heritage University
Ed.D. Arizona State University

Melisa Rogers
M.S. Pittsburg State University
Ph.D. Capella University

Jennifer Rosen
Sociology
B.A. University of Oregon
M.A. Ohio State University
Ph.D. Northwestern University

Michelle Rosser- Majors
Health
B.A., Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
M.A. West Texas A&M University

C.T. Rowley
Liberal Arts
B.A. Penn State University
M.A., Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

Patricia A. Ryan
Associate Dean, Forbes School of Business
B.A. Siena College
M.P.A. California State University, Northridge
Ph.D. Capella University

Avisha Sadeghinejad
Marketing
B.S., M.B.A. Sharif University of Technology
D.B.A. Golden Gate University

Nazila Safavi
M.S.C. Southern Methodist University

LaTonya Santo
M.S. University of South Alabama
Ed.D. The University of Alabama

Susan Sasiadek
Business
B.F.A. University of Arizona
M.A., M.B.A. University of Phoenix
Ph.D. Capella University

Joanna Savarese-Levine
Education
Ph.D. California School of Professional Psychology

Abby Schenck
M.Ed. Concordia University

Sheila Schmitz
M.S.W. University of Illinois at Chicago
Ph.D. Northcentral University

Shari Schwartz
Psychology
B.S. University of Central Florida
M.S., Psy.D. Florida International University

Angela Seay Dallas
M.Ed. University of West Alabama
Ed.D., Ed.S. Argosy University

Adam L. Selhorst
Executive Dean, College of Liberal Arts
B.A. Kenyon College
M.S., M.A., Ph.D. The Ohio State University

Rob Shah
C.P.A., C.M.A.
Accounting
B.A. Arizona State University
M.B.A. DeVry University

Sassan Sheedvash
M.S. University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Ph.D. Colorado State University

Latisha Shipley
Education
B.A., M.A. Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Ed.D. Northcentral University

Sheldon Silver
Criminal Justice
A.A., B.S. University of Detroit-Mercy
J.D. Washington University

Michelle Simecek
M.A. University of Colorado
Ed.D. Edgewood College

Lisa Sims
M.S. University of Phoenix

Elizabeth Skwiot
B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison M.A.,
Ph.D. University of California - Davis

Laura Sliwinski
Executive Dean, College of Health Human Services & Science
Health Administration and Psychology
B.S. Louisiana State University
M.H.A. Tulane University
Ph.D. California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant International University

Robert Smiles
Health
B.S. University of Maryland
M.A. Bellevue University
Ph.D. Capella University

Chris Sorensen
Instructional Technology
B.S., Ph.D. University of South Florida
M.A. Florida Southern College

Kathryn Sorensen
Anthropology
B.A. University of California
M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Riverside

Irene Stein
B.S. Bucknell University
M.S.Virginia Polytechnic Institute
M.A. Colorado State University
M.A., P.H.D. Fielding Graduate Institute

Jean Gabrial Starika-Jolivet
M.A., Ph.D. Political Science, Purdue University

Genea Stephens
M.P.A. Wayland Baptist University
Ed.D. Grand Canyon University

Peggy Sundstrom
M.P.H, Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles

Alan R. Swank
Organizational Behavior and Management
B.A., M.A. Spring Arbor University
Ph.D. Capella University

Andree C. Swanson
Organizational Behavior and Management
B.S. University of Maryland
M.H.R. University of Oklahoma
M.A., Ed.D. University of Phoenix

Teresa R. Taylor-Moore
Communication
B.A. University of Southern Mississippi
M.A. University of New Orleans
Ph.D. University of Mississippi

Bradley Thames
Philosophy
B.A. University of Arizona
M.A., Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

Katie Thiry
Training and Development
B.A. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
M.A. St. Catherine University
Ph.D. Capella University

Teresa Thomas
Health
B.S. Saginaw Valley State University
R.N. Hurley School of Nursing
M.B.A. University of Phoenix

Sherrie Timoll-Mueller
M.Ed. Grand Canyon University

Dan Tinianow
Communications
B.A. Oberlin College
M.S., Ph.D. Syracuse University

Lynne Trevisan
Health
D.C. Palmer College of Chiropractic

Susan A. Vellek
Health Care Administration
A.A.B. Indian River State College
B.A. Warner Southern University
M.B.A. Capella University
M.H.C.A. Kaplan University

Jennifer Vogel
Associate Dean, Division of General Education
B.A. St. Mary’s College
M.A. Loyola University
Ph.D. American University

Jennie Walker
B.S., B.A., M.A. University of Colorado Boulder
Ph.D. University of Denver

Rebecca Wardlow
B.S. San Diego State University
M.A. University of California Riverside
Ed.D. UC San Diego

Michelle Warn
Education
B.F.A. California State University, Long Beach
M.A. San Diego State University
Ph.D. San Diego State University/Claremont Graduate University

Dianne Weinstein
B.A. New York University
M.B.A., Ph.D. Hofstra University

Irina Weisblat
Business
B.A. St. Petersburg University
M.B.A. National University
Ed.D. San Diego State University

Jamie Weitl
Political Science
B.A., M.A. Eastern Illinois University

Leah Westerman
Business Law
B.S. Drexel University
J.D. Pennsylvania State University

Conni Whitten
Business Leadership
B.A. Troy University
M.P.A. Central Michigan University
Ed.D. Nova Southeastern University

Cynthia Williams
English
B.A. Missouri State University
M.A. University of Texas
Ph.D. University of Missouri-Kansas City

William Woods
Business
B.A., M.B.A. St. Ambrose University
Ph.D. Capella University

Stephanie Young Gonzaga
Business
B.S., M.S., D.M. University of Phoenix

Jennifer Zaur
Early Childhood Education
B.A., M.A. Arizona State University

Maja Zelihic
Business
B.A. University of Northern Florida
M.B.A. University of Phoenix
Ph.D. Capella University

Scott Zimmer
M.S. Azusa Pacific University
M.L.I.S. The University of Iowa
J.D. California Western School of Law

Paula Zobisch
Marketing
B.S., M.B.A. University of Central Oklahoma
Ph.D. Capella University

Barbara Zorn-Arnold
Environmental Studies
B.A. Lake Forest College
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Chicago

Gloria Zúñiga y Postigo
Philosophy
B.S., M.A. California State University, East Bay
Ph.D. University of Buffalo

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