Dr. Connie Lower is part of the core faculty in the Entry Point & Social Science department that is part of the Division of General Education at Ashford University, where she has been a faculty member since 2008. She has a Doctorate in Education with a specialization in the Instructional Process and a Certification for the Superintendency from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, as well as a Master of Science in Educational Administration and a Bachelor of Science in K-9 education from Illinois State University at Normal. She began her education experience as a science teacher and entered administration in 1985 as a public school assistant superintendent and superintendent before moving into higher education. Dr. Lower has always been passionate about education and the opportunity to assist others in attaining their goals, whether pre-schoolers or adults. “Ashford has students that are serious about upgrading their lives and the lives of their families,” she says, “and the Ashford staff members are all tremendous individuals who wish to give these non-traditional students a chance.” To prospective students, she says, “You are here at Ashford because you have a dream of fulfilling a goal that will make your life comfortable and full of joy. Everyone at Ashford believes in you and will serve as your support system and your cheerleaders when you need motivation to continue on!” Dr. Lower lives in Lanark, IL, and she and her husband have nine children and 27 grandchildren.