2016-2017 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

Senior Vice Provost, Campus Academics

Chandra Quaye, J.D., Duke University; M.A., Cultural Anthropology, Duke University; B.A., Anthropology, Cornell University

Vice Provost, Academics (Faculty)

Lily Garcia, J.D., University of Virginia School of Law; B.A., English, Stetson University

Vice Provost, Academics (Curriculum)

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

Vice Provost, Academics (Nursing)

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

Vice President, Student and Faculty Resources

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

University Librarian

David A. Moulton, M.S.L.S., Simmons College; B.A., History, University of New Hampshire

Director, Institutional Effectiveness

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

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

Alan Smith, B.S., Ball State University

Vice President, Strayer Studios

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

Associate Vice President, Insights and Operations

Eirik Olsen, M.B.A, Harvard Business School; B.A., Economics, Princeton University

Dean, Jack Welch Management Institute

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

Dean, 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

Iris Boyd, D.B.A., Management, Argosy University-Sarasota; M.B.A., Business Administration, Pfeifer University; M.S., Health Service Administration, Strayer University; B.A., Psychology, Winthrop University; Professional Graduate Business Certificate, Argosy University

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

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

Stefan Gunter, 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., Management, 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

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

David Hatami, M.Ed., Leadership of Educational Organizations/Curriculum and Instruction, American InterContinental University; M.A., English  Literature, Mercy College; B.A., Art History, Rollins College 

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

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

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., Education, The Ohio State University; B.S., Education, The Ohio State University

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

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

Patricia Predanocyova, M.B.A., Management, Strayer University; B.S., International Business, Strayer University

Jared Spencer, M.S., Internet Information Systems, Robert Morris University; B.S., Information Systems Management, Robert Morris University

Susan Blackburn, M.I.T., Information Technology, Virginia Tech; B.S., Statistics, 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