2017-2018 Catalog

Administrators of the University

President of the University

Brian W. Jones

J.D., University of California at Los Angeles School of Law; B.B.A., Finance, Georgetown University

General Administration

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Andrea Backman, Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Virginia; M.A., DePaul University; B.A., The Pennsylvania State University

Vice Provost, Academics 

Matthew Miko, J.D., Law, The Ohio State University, B.A., in Philosophy, The Ohio State University

Vice Provost and Dean, Academics (Healthcare Programs and Nursing Programs)

Hannah Hughes, M.S., Nursing Education, Walden University; B.S., Nursing, Norfolk State University

Vice President, Academics

Jennifer Newell, B.M., Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester

Assistant Vice Provost, Academics 

Stephanie Hawkins, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Union Institute and University; M.A., Dance/Movement Therapy, Goucher College; B.A., Psychology, Pennsylvania State University

Assistant Vice Provost, Academics 

Ben Luce, Ed.D., Educational Leadership; M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Southern Maine; B.A., Media Studies, University of Southern Maine

Assistant University Librarian

Mary Synder, M.L.S., University of Maryland (College Park, MD); B.A., History, George Mason University

Director, Academic Insights

Mario Jackson, Ed.D., Instructional Leadership, Argosy University; M.Ed., Guidance and Counseling Services, Clemson University; B.A., Psychology, Florida A&M University

Associate Vice President, Learning Experience Design

Caroline Masse, M.A., Instructional Design and Technology-Instructional Systems, University of Central Florida; B.A., History, University of Florida

Director, Learning Insights

Ryan Poirier, Ph.D., Psychological Foundations of Education and Learning, The Ohio State University; M.A., Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs, The Ohio State University; B.A., Government, Teacher Certification in Social Studies, Connecticut College

Dean of Students

Christy Karnes, Ph.D., English, Miami University (Oxford, Ohio); M.A., Teaching, Miami University, (Oxford, Ohio); M.A., English, Xavier University; B.A., English, Xavier University

Special Assistant to the President for Student Relations

Jacqueline Palmer, Ed.D, Higher Education Leadership, University of Pennsylvania; M.S., Administrative Science, John Hopkins University; B.S., Administrative Science, Yale University

University Registrar

Pamela Wessells, B.S., Education, Towson University

Vice President, Strayer Studios

Nicole Cattell, M.A., Telecommunication Arts, University of Michigan; B.A., Political Science, Northwestern University

Senior Vice President, Academics

Cale Holman, M.S., Ocean Systems Management, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology; M.B.A., Management, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology; B.S., Ocean Engineering, United States Naval Academy

Dean of Curriculum, Jack Welch Management Institute

Mary Carr, J.D., St. Louis University with a certificate in Health Law; B.A., Boston College

Dean of Faculty and Students, Jack Welch Management Institute

Mike Zeliff, Ph.D., George Washington University; M.B.A., George Washington University; B.S., University of West Florida

President Emerita, Director of Accreditation and Regulatory Affairs

Sondra F. Stallard, Ph.D., Education, University of Virginia; M.A., History, Morehead State University; B.A., History and Government, West Virginia Institute of Technology

President Emeritus, Director of Community College Relations

Michael Plater, Ph.D., The College of William and Mary; M.B.A., The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania; B.A., Economics, Harvard College

Chief Operating Officer

Chad D. Nyce, M.B.A., Temple University, B.S.B.A, Temple University

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Jack Welch Management Institute (JWMI)

Dean Sippel, M.B.A., Saint Louis University, B.A., Westminster College

Deans of Curriculum


Charlene Walters, Ph.D., Business Administration/Marketing, Northcentral University; MBA, Management, St. Thomas University; B.A., English, University of Connecticut

General Studies and Professional Studies

Nicole Morris, Ed.D., Higher and Adult Education, University of Memphis; M.A., Leadership, Austin Peay State University; B.S., Elementary Education, University of Memphis

Information Systems and Technology

Michael Bleacher, M.S., Information Technology Management, Regis University; B.S. Information Systems, Colorado Christian University

Deans of Faculty


Kristen Baldwin, M.A., Liberal Studies: Educational Leadership, Excelsior College; B.A., Sociology, University of South Florida

Jennifer Dartt, M.A., Legal Studies, Texas State University; M.B.A., Business Administration, Westwood College

Maria E. Gambuzza, Ed.D., Higher Education Leadership, Nova Southeastern University; M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Phoenix; B.S., Industrial Relations, University of Carabobo-Venezuela

Stefan Gunther, Ph.D., English and American Literature, Brandeis University; M.A., English Literature, State University of New York, Oneonta

Carla Henryhand, Ph.D., Organization and Management, Capella University; M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Phoenix; M.S., Accounting, Strayer University

Shirin Saghafi, M.B.A., Management, Strayer University; B.S., Business Administration, Strayer University

Timothy Sherman, D.B.A., Management, Argosy University; M.B.A., Business Administration, American Intercontinental University; B.B.A., General Business, Georgia Southern University

Augustine (Gus) Weekley, J.D., Stetson University College of Law; B.A., Psychology, University of South Florida

Criminal Justice

Tamara Mangum, Ph.D., Applied Management and Decision Sciences, Walden University; M.A., Criminal Justice, Rutgers State University of New Jersey; B.S., Criminal Justice, North Carolina Central University

Education and Public Administration

K. David Smith, Ed.D., Administration and Supervision, The University of Virginia; M.Ed., Music Education, James Madison University; B.A., Music, Bridgewater College

Tammy Evans-Colquitt, Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Walden University; M.P.A., Public Administration, Walden University; M.S., Nonprofit Management, Eastern University; B.A., Organizational Management, Eastern University

General Studies

Beth Baptist, Ed.D., Administration and Supervision, University of Virginia; M.Ed, Special Education, Winthrop University; B.A., Music Education, Limestone College

Tammy Evans-Colquitt, Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Walden University; M.P.A., Public Administration, Walden University; M.S., Nonprofit Management, Eastern University; B.A., Organizational Management, Eastern University

Dimetri Horner (Richardson), Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Liberty University; M.S., Secondary Education, The University of Southern Mississippi; B.A. English Literature, Southern University

Lauren Philip, Ph.D., English, The George Washington University; B.A., English, Bucknell University

Trenace Richardson, Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, The George Washington University; M.Div., Religion, Howard University; B.A., English/Secondary Education, Elizabeth City State University

Evan Schwartz, Ed.S., Middle Grades Education, The University of West Georgia; M.Ed., Educational Theory and Practice, The Ohio State University; B.S., Education, The Ohio State University

Health Services Administration

Hannah Hughes, Ph.D., Nursing (in progress) Virginia Commonwealth University; M.S.N., Nursing Education, Walden University; Post Master's Certificate, Nursing Informatics, Walden University; B.S.N., Norfolk State University 

Information Systems and Technology

Susan Blackburn, M.I.T., Information Technology, Virginia Tech; B.S., Statistics and Mathematics, Radford University


Hannah Hughes, Ph.D., Nursing (in progress) Virginia Commonwealth University; M.S.N., Nursing Education, Walden University; Post Master's Certification, Nursing Informatics, Walden University; B.S.N., Norfolk State University

Department Chairs


Brenda Adams, D.B.A., C.P.A., Accounting Specialization Capella University; M.B.A, Business Administration, Samford University; B.S., Accounting, Jackson State University; Executive Graduate Certificate, Accounting, Strayer University

Business Management

Jeffrey Pullen, M.B.A, Project Management, DeVry University; M.P.A., Government Management, DeVry University; M.S., Accounting, Strayer University; M.S., Management Information Systems, University of Maryland University College; B.S., Business and Management/Accounting, University of Maryland University College

James Ruether, Ph.D., Business Administration, Argosy University; M.A., Business Administration, University of St. Thomas; B.S., Economics, Saint John’s University

Criminal Justice

Paul Fontaine, M.S. Criminal Justice, University of Alabama; B.S., Criminal Justice, University of Alabama


Tzipora Katz, Ph.D., Professional Studies in Education; M.Ed., Instructional Technology, American Intercontinental University; B.F.A., Visual Communication/Digital Design, American Intercontinental University

English and Communication

Ed Buchanan, M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Akron; B.A., English, University of Akron

General Studies

Lincoln Schreiber, M.A., Composition and Rhetoric, Wright State University; B.A., Mass Communication, Wright State University

Information Systems and Technology

Neal Basta, Ph.D., Mathematics, Alexandria University; M.S., Computer Science, Alexandria University; B.S., Special Mathematics, Alexandria University

Syed Raza, Ph.D., Computer Information Systems, Nova Southeastern University; M.S., Computer Science, Nova Southeastern University


Bobbi Jo Taylor, Ed.D., Educational Leadership/Mathematics, University of Cumberlands; M.A.Ed., Secondary Education, University of Kentucky; B.A.Ed., Mathematics Education, University of Kentucky