Dr. Cheryl Hayek Named Interim University President

Dr. Cheryl Hayek

Dr. Cheryl Hayek

LENEXA, Kan. – Feb. 18, 2016 – Grantham University announced today that Dr. Cheryl Hayek has assumed the role of interim university president, effective Dec. 23, 2015, in addition to her continued responsibilities as the university’s chief academic officer and provost.

“I’m extremely proud to serve in this interim capacity,” said Dr. Hayek. “We are a 65-year-old, student-focused university deeply committed to democratized education and the timeless belief that knowledge is worth pursuing at any age. I will continue to work with our engaged faculty and support services to ensure we maintain academic programs. At Grantham University, our commitment to help students succeed is at the forefront of every decision we make.”

About Dr. Cheryl Hayek: Dr. Hayek is a highly respected 20-year veteran in higher education, with specific emphasis on faculty leadership and student support. She is noted for creating the VIP² Faculty Development and Leadership Program and the Swaddled Support ServicesTM (SSS) retention model for adult learners, earning Grantham University the 2011 Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) Innovative Best Practice/New Program Award. VIP2TM is an acronym for Visible, Immediate, Proactive and Personal and is an internal training method and program that emphasizes leadership and engagement to train faculty in best practices. Her research and publications are rooted in online adult learner success. In addition to her university work, Dr. Hayek holds teaching certificates for K-12 and principal eligibility. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English from Montclair State University, a master’s degree in education leadership and administration from William Paterson University and a doctorate degree in higher education administration from Northcentral University. She volunteers her time to the higher education community as a manuscript journal reviewer, a site visitor for the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) accrediting body and a member of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Awards Committee.

About Grantham University: With 2016 marking the University’s 65th birthday, Grantham University was established in 1951 and today offers 50 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. With a mission to provide quality, accessible, affordable, professionally relevant programs in a continuously changing global society, Grantham’s courses are 100 percent online, allowing students to study at home, at work, on Temporary Duty or from almost anywhere in the world. Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), Grantham University has earned a distinguished record as a respected and accredited distance learning university spanning more than six decades of service.

For more information, contact Leila Gallagher at 913-309-4804 or lgallagher@grantham.edu.