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Grantham University


Serving the Non-Traditional Student Our Purpose, Our Passion

Grantham University was founded in 1951 by WWII Veteran Donald Grantham, whose desire was to help fellow veterans improve their lives through higher education. Today, Mr. Grantham's vision and philosophy on quality distance learning remain the driving force behind our success.

As a 100% online university serving a highly diverse student population, Grantham believes education should enhance your life – not get in the way of it. That’s why everything we do, every single day, is centered on our students – minimizing potential obstacles and maximizing quality learning.

You do your part by working hard to earn your degree. And we do ours by providing you an exceptional Grantham experience that leads to an even more amazing career.

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A History ofEducational Service

As part of the traditional college and university movement of the late 20th Century, the school that would become Grantham University was founded in 1951 with a main campus in Southern California. As interest in our degree programs grew beyond campus boundaries, the college developed distance-education programs to serve a geographically dispersed student body.
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Mission, Vision and Values

Grantham University is dedicated to quality education for students serious about preparing for a better, brighter future. Together, our constitution, mission, vision and core values define both our purpose and our passion. We’re here to serve.

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Grantham UniversityConstitution

Our University has an extraordinary purpose. Our University serves those who serve and those who want to make a difference. We do so by establishing a level playing field in education. Learn More

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To provide quality, accessible, affordable, professionally relevant programs in a continuously changing global society.

VisionStatement
Grantham University is committed to being a globally recognized innovator in higher education, serving those who serve and serving those who strive to make a difference in their professional lives and community.

CoreValues

Grantham University faculty, administration and staff are committed to:

Accessibility &Affordability

We demonstrate commitment to the accessibility and affordability of higher education by facilitating learning that fits into the student ...
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We demonstrate commitment to the accessibility and affordability of higher education by facilitating learning that fits into the student schedule, seeking efficiencies that keep programs affordable.

DiverseCommunity

We affirm a commitment to an inclusive community by making academic programs, educational services and employment opportunities available ...
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We affirm a commitment to an inclusive community by making academic programs, educational services and employment opportunities available to all qualified individuals. We encourage tolerance, mutual respect and acceptance of differences throughout the institution. We believe diversity enhances our culture, improves productivity and prepares graduates to participate effectively in the global community.

Education & Serviceto Those who Serve

We honor those who serve our country and our communities. We are dedicated to the provision of affordable and uniquely accessible programs...
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We honor those who serve our country and our communities. We are dedicated to the provision of affordable and uniquely accessible programs and support to these deserving students.

Excellence &Innovation

We maintain a strong commitment to high standards in all aspects of academic programs, learning outcomes and student support services, ...
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We maintain a strong commitment to high standards in all aspects of academic programs, learning outcomes and student support services, seeking continuously to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of academic programs and operations, and seeking creative and effective ways to meet the diverse needs of our student population.

Student-CentricSuccess

We place the academic and personal success of students at the center of all University functions, services, activities and academic ...
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We place the academic and personal success of students at the center of all University functions, services, activities and academic programs. We also follow best practices to facilitate students’ development and success from the point of entry to degree completion.

InstitutionalIntegrity

We commit all students, faculty, staff and administrators to uphold the highest standards of integrity, honesty and personal ...
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We commit all students, faculty, staff and administrators to uphold the highest standards of integrity, honesty and personal responsibility. To provide a quality academic experience, the University is committed to continually assessing and re-evaluating every aspect of our academic model. We endeavor to build an institutional culture grounded in candor, transparency and best professional practices.

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UniversityLearning Outcomes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibility
  • Lifelong Learning

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UniversityGoals
  • Strengthen academic quality by enhancing faculty knowledge related to their profession
  • Enrich the educational environment for undergraduates and graduates to facilitate lifelong learning
  • Continuously develop educational tools and resources for adult learners’ academic and career success
  • Provide adult learners with opportunities to succeed
  • Strengthen the University’s reputation and visibility

Administration & Leadership

Scott Andrews

Scott Andrews

President and Chief Executive Officer

Scott Andrews assumed the role of Grantham University President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2017. Mr. Andrews served the university previously as a 12-year Board of Directors member, and has more than 35 years of experience in executive and board-level roles with multiple organizations. His extensive knowledge covers business strategy, financial services, entrepreneurship, team building and more. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Cum Laude, from the University of Virginia, and is a Fellows Program Graduate of The Halftime Institute (based in Dallas, Texas). Mr. Andrews has also served on a number of non-profit boards, including those for Truth for Life, Meadowkirk Retreat at Delta Farm, and the Hill School in Middleburg, Virginia.

Lily Carpio

Lily Carpio, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Lily Carpio has been working in finance and accounting for almost two decades, both in Fortune 500 and privately held companies. Prior to joining Grantham, she spent 10 years as controller and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), developing the accounting and financial infrastructure for a successful chemical company. Ms. Carpio earned her Bachelor of Science in Engineering and an MBA in Finance, both from Columbia University.

Harry Dotson

Harry Dotson

Chief Compliance Officer

Harry Dotson has a deep understanding of the compliance and regulatory issues affecting higher education. Prior to joining Grantham, he ensured compliance with all applicable regulations for a group of 16 schools located in eight states, as well as online. In addition to holding leadership positions in education for almost two decades, Mr. Dotson served as an officer for 20 years in the United States Army. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Cum Laude) from the University of Texas and a Master of Science in Adult Occupational and Continuing Education from Kansas State University.

David Eby

David Eby

Chief Marketing Officer

David Eby is a seasoned marketing executive whose more than 20 years experience in higher education spans admissions, enrollment, student services and operations. Mr. Eby has held leadership roles for multiple institutions, including being chief marketing officer at Southern New Hampshire University, where he helped grow SNHU’s online division from 3,000 students to 60,000 students in just five years. Early on, he served in director positions for the Apollo Education Group’s College for Financial Planning and Alta Colleges’ Westwood Online division, and later became president of Anthem College Online and vice president of Enrollment Management at Jones International University. Prior to joining Grantham University in June 2017, he held various executive roles for Bertelsmann Education Group’s HotChalk and Arist operations.

Niccole Buckley

Niccole Kopit, DBA

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Niccole Kopit served as faculty, chair and dean of the Mark Skousen Business School before transitioning into her current role with the University. Her previous experience includes serving as a corporate trainer and publishing several training sessions in the financial and legal industries. She served as IACBE Region V’s 2015 Board President and has a long history of presenting at national DEAC and IACBE conferences, board meetings and events. She recently published “Reversing the Trend: The Effect of Full-Time Faculty on Student Persistence” and “Employer Perceptions of Military Members with Online Degree” through IABPAD. She’s been on Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executive & Professional Women since 2007. Dr. Kopit holds a Bachelor of Science from Park University, a Master of Business Administration from Webster University and a Doctorate of Business Administration from Argosy University. She also holds several certifications, including CAEL prior learning assessor, Six Sigma Green Belt and Criteria Reference Instructional Development.

Steve Waldron

Steve Waldron, JD

Chief Operating Officer

Steve Waldron retired with more than 27 years of military service as a Marine Corps Colonel. While in the Corps, he held several command, staff and judge advocate positions, with deployments to various combat zones on three occasions. Mr. Waldron holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Michigan State University, a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from Marine Corps University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Dr. Jeff Crospey

Jeff Cropsey, Ed.D.

Vice President of Government Relations

Dr. Jeff Cropsey has worked for more than 40 years in positions that range from Army counselor to European command director of the Air Force, director of the Navy College Program worldwide and director of DANTES prior to his retirement from the Department of Defense (DoD). During his career, he has received five armed services civilian meritorious service awards and the CCME President’s Award for his lifelong contributions to military education. Dr. Cropsey holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Kip Esry

Kip Esry

Vice President of Human Resources

Kip Esry has more than 25 years of experience directing people strategies in high-performing organizations. Mr. Esry has held human resources leadership roles for four Fortune 500 organizations and spent 13 years on the Board of the Kansas City Compensation and Benefits Association, serving as that organization’s president in 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources from the University of Kansas.

Jared Parlette

Jared Parlette

Vice President of Student Enrollment

Jared Parlette possesses more than 10 years of leadership and management experience in areas including admissions, advising, business development and education outreach, as well as over eight years of experience within the field of higher education. Prior to his current executive role, he served as vice president of admissions and as director of admissions for Grantham University. Mr. Parlette holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Central Missouri, a Master of Science in Performance Improvement from Grantham University and is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt.

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Anthony Schlinsog

Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology

Anthony Schlinsog has been in information technology (IT) for more than two decades as an analyst, application developer, manager and Chief Information Officer (CIO). Before joining Grantham, Mr. Schlinsog served as the CIO/CTO for the State of Kansas and prior to that as the CIO for the Kansas Department of Transportation. He has been a contributing author to several IT-related management books, and won an award for IT innovation in government. In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Andrews University and a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, he is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Joshua Carcopa

Joshua Carcopa, MBA

Associate Director of Evaluations and Student Records

Joshua Carcopa, associate director of Evaluations and Student Records, oversees Grantham University’s transfer of credit and Registrar’s Office, and developed the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program for the University. In addition to a Master Certification in PLA, he holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Wales, Swansea, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Central Missouri. Mr. Carcopa is a student ambassador for the University of Wales and sits on the board for the American Lung Association, Midwest Region.

Tina Freestone

Tina Freestone, MA

Interim Dean College of Arts and Sciences

Tina Freestone spent several years as a law enforcement officer with a special assignment as a narcotic detective. Her experience includes drug investigations, police operations and procedures, criminal investigations, interviewing and interrogation, corrections and covert operations. Ms. Freestone continues to teach and update curriculum, coupling her practical experience in law enforcement with her education to advance Grantham’s Criminal Justice program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of California, Irvine, and holds a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany.

Carl Hill

Carl Hill, MS

Chair of Engineering and Computer Science

Carl L. Hill has more than 15 years of experience in university-level instruction, educational curriculum development and academic advising. Prior to Grantham, he held a number of positions in technical career fields, including serving as a technician, engineering assistant, field service engineer, help desk analyst and electronics instructor. Mr. Hill earned his Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry University, and his Master’s in Industrial Technology from the University of Central Missouri.

Julius Leary

Julius Leary, MBA

Dean of Foundations Program

Julius Leary has applied his business expertise in a number of industries, including insurance and finance, for over a decade. Before transitioning into his current academic leadership role, he served as faculty and then chair of the Mark Skousen School of Business within the University. Mr. Leary earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Elmhurst College and a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University. He is currently working toward a Doctorate in Education, Interdisciplinary Leadership, through Creighton University.

David Marker

David Marker, Ph.D.

Dean of the Mark Skousen School of Business

Dr. David Marker has been with Grantham University since 2013. He spent the previous 12 years at the École Supérieure de Commerce (ESC) – Clermont Ferrand, France, where he served as a full professor, the director of several master’s programs and the dean of faculty for 50 full-time professors and more than 100 adjunct professors. While there, ESC earned AACSB accreditation and was consistently ranked by The Financial Times among the top business schools in Europe. Dr. Marker began his professional career with nearly two decades of experience in building small business before returning to school to pursue an academic career. He is a life-time member of Beta Gamma Sigma and has taught at large public universities and at small private schools. He has lectured and presented research papers in many different countries. He earned his Master’s degree in Business – Organizational Behavior as well as his Ph.D. in Business – Organizational Theory, both from the University of Kansas.

Nancy Miller

Nancy Miller, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Nancy Miller has taught in three countries, online and on the ground, and had dean, chair and program director experience. She worked as a civilian in an Air Force research lab investigating telescope control and managing the design and implementation of systems for a large telescope. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, a Master of Business Administration in Finance and a Master of Science in Applied Physics, all from Texas Tech University. Dr. Miller earned her Doctor of Philosophy is in Electrical Engineering with a specialty in Control Systems from the University of New Mexico.

Cheryl Rules

Cheryl Rules, Ph.D., MSN, RN, CCRN-K, CNE

Dean of Nursing and Allied Health

Dr. Cheryl Rules, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, has over 34 years of experience in healthcare, nearly 30 of which were spent in Intensive Care. She was an ICU Clinical educator before transitioning to the academic setting. Her experience in all aspects of education, from technical to doctoral degrees, includes an extensive background in distance learning and online education, which levels the playing field by providing access and affordability for all. She believes in the importance of the Interdisciplinary healthcare team, and is passionate about the vital role Allied Health disciplines have in providing the best patient outcomes. Dr. Rules earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Regis University and her Ph.D. in Higher Educational Leadership at North Central University.

Matthew Schigur

Matthew Schigur, MBA

Chair of Mark Skousen School of Business

Matthew Schigur has held a number of academic positions as assistant and associate professor of management and computer sciences, including being a Cisco Academy Instructor, before joining Grantham University. He's served as faculty chair, acting academic affairs specialist, and interim center director. He also has more than 25 years of consulting experience in management, project management, technology, construction and educational services. Mr. Schigur holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Project Management, a Master of Information Systems Management. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a certified advanced tutor and a certified academic coach. Mr. Schigur is currently working on his Doctorate in Management.

Jennifer Shreckengost

Jennifer Shreckengost, Ed.S.

Dean of Curriculum and Instruction

Jennifer Shreckengost develops online courses using a variety of curricular models as an instructional designer and has written and developed multiple online courses for both hybrid and online institutions. She continually participates in research and editorial responsibilities within her field, presenting nationally at the Online Learning Consortium International Conference on Online Learning, Summer Institute on Distance Learning and Instructional Technology, and the annual conference for the Association of Colleges for Tutoring and Learning Assistance. Ms. Shreckengost earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from William Jewell College, a Master of Arts in Teaching – Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Saint Mary and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Technology from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Steve Turner

Steve Turner, MBA

Manager of Academic Student Progress

Steve Turner retired as a personnel officer after more than 20 years in the Marine Corps. He earned his a Bachelor of Business Administration from Averett University and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Turner is also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a registered representative with FINRA.

Boubacar Vilane

Boubacar Vilane, DBA

Chair of Foundations Program

Dr. Boubacar Vilane spent more than a decade in the financial, banking and real estate industries working for Edward Jones, State Street Bank, KeyBank Real Estate Capital and J.P Morgan. He holds a series 7. 6 and 63 FINRA/SEC licenses. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Emporia State University and a Master in Economics from Cheikh Anta Diop University. He earned a Doctorate in Business Administration at Columbia Southern University. His dissertation focused on self-leadership as a predictor of new venture success.

Par Winberg

Pat Winberg, MSN, RN

Chair of Nursing

Pat Winberg has 40 years of experience in nursing education, serving leadership roles in schools of nursing and nursing organizations. She has taught multiple levels of nursing education and was instrumental in devising strategies to increase the retention rate of students at the practical nursing and associate degree levels of nursing education. She has thirty years of experience in accreditation of schools of nursing, serving currently as an ACEN program evaluator and a member of the review panel for associate degree nursing programs. She is also a long-standing member of Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society. Ms. Winberg earned a bachelor’s degree from Avila University and holds a master’s in Nursing from the University of Kansas.

Faith Bell

Faith Bell

Business Faculty

Faith Bell holds a dual Master of Arts in Human Resource Management and Human Resource Development. Prior to her career in higher education, she spent 14 years in both non-profit and for-profit organizations as a key change agent serving on various committees. Mrs. Bell’s military career included five years of active duty in the Army and eight years in the reserve component in the field of Preventive Medicine/Environmental Health. Early on during her enlistment, she earned an advance promotion and was placed on the nomination list for Outstanding Non-Commissioned Officer.

Theresa Connolly

Theresa Connolly

Foundations Faculty

Theresa Connolly teaches English Composition, Speech and Literature. She has also trained hundreds of teachers in classroom management and discipline. Ms. Connolly graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Awarded one of six teaching fellowships, she completed her Master of Arts in English.

Amanda Crowe

Amanda Crowe

Business Faculty

Dr. Amanda Crowe earned a Master of Business Administration from William Woods University and a Doctorate in Business Administration with an Entrepreneurship emphasis from Walden University. She’s been an instructor in higher education for four years. Prior to Dr. Crowe’s career in higher education, she worked in both the public and private sectors with business owners in the insurance industry, and also spent several years as a freelance business consultant. Dr. Crowe served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Preventive Medicine Specialist for five years.

Jonathan Dolen

Jonathan Dolen

Foundations Faculty

Jonathan Dolen teaches political science, sharing his expertise in Politics and Voting Behavior, American Government and Public Opinion. Before joining the faculty at Grantham University, he spent six years in the financial services industry, most recently as the Organizational Effectiveness Analyst at DST Systems. He is an active participant in the American Political Science Association and closely follows national politics. Mr. Dolen received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Fara Dyke

Fara Dyke

Foundations Faculty

Fara Dyke earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at Missouri Western State University and a Master of Science in Biological Sciences at Missouri State University. She joined the Foundations Program Faculty to teach courses in life sciences, physical science and environmental science. Prior to joining Grantham, Professor Dyke worked as a veterinary technician, a leader of Ecology Clubs for kids, a park naturalist and a laboratory manager. She has taught in higher education for 20 years.

Greg Gildersleeve

Greg Gildersleeve

Foundations Faculty

Greg Gildersleeve teaches English Composition, Technical Writing and American Literature at Grantham University. He is an author, publishing comics and novels while keeping his blog, The Semi-Great Gildersleeve, up-to-date. His work has also appeared in Show & Tell, Teenagers from the Future and Faculty Focus. Mr. Gildersleeve earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Missouri Western State University and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Dane Howard

Dane Howard

Foundations Faculty

Dane Howard received bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology in 2008 from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He then received his Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) in 2012. His teaching experiences range from substitute teaching K-12 to being a graduate assistant at UMKC, where he taught composition. Professor Howard is currently working toward his Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing at UMKC.

Eric Hughlett

Eric Hughlett

Business Faculty

Eric Hughlett earned a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Phoenix. Before coming to Grantham University, Professor Hughlett spent the majority of his career in management. He was most recently employed with global reinsurer Swiss Re for 15 years, where he managed and trained an underwriting support staff for the casualty line of business.

Sandi Jacobs

Sandi Jacobs

Foundations Faculty

Sandi Jacobs earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, and Master of Arts in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Sociology from Baker University. Her professional experience includes serving six years as a probation officer in Johnson County, Kansas, as well as in marketing-related partnership roles for Hallmark and Cerner Corporation. Before coming to Grantham to teach humanities and sociology, Professor Jacobs taught undergraduate psychology, and medical law and ethics.

Qianlan Liu

Qianlan “Anna” Liu

Foundations Faculty

Anna Liu earned a bachelor’s degree in business English from Beijing University of Technology and a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Central Missouri. She has worked as a tutor and teaching assistant for both mathematics and computer science at the University of Central Missouri. Professor Liu teaches Chinese through the Kansas City Institute of Chinese Language and Culture, a non-profit organization. In addition, she is the founder of Grantham’s Multicultural Education Club.

Pamela Monroe

Pamela Monroe

Allied Health Faculty

Pamela Monroe is a registered radiographer and occupational therapist with over 16 years of experience in the Allied Health field. She has worked in several different healthcare facilities, ranging from emergency rooms to rehabilitation services. She is a member of the American Public Health Association Student Assembly and the American Society of Radiologic Society. Mrs. Monroe earned a Bachelor of Science in Radiography and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology at Walden University.

Dan Neal

Dan Neal

Foundations Faculty

Dan Neal is a web designer, developer and instructor at Grantham University. An experienced programmer and software developer, he has worked for internet companies like Harris Interactive. Mr. Neal earned a degree in Information Technology from Slippery Rock University and his Master in Management Information Systems from Robert Morris University. He is also a member of the Gold Key Honor Society and the nationally recognized computer science honor society, Upsilon Pi Epsilon.

William Neville

William Neville

Foundations Faculty

William Neville graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and earned a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His focus of study was international relations. Before joining Grantham University, Professor Neville taught high school and college courses in China. At Grantham, he teaches international relations and political science courses.

Mark Olson

Mark Olson

Foundations Faculty

Mark Olson earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and his master’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a member of the American Political Science Association and the Midwest Political Science Association. Professor Olson’s expertise is in campaigns and elections, and he has worked on campaigns with candidates and organizations of both major parties for almost a decade.

Ashley Page

Ashley Page

Foundations Faculty

Ashley Page teaches communication courses at Grantham University. She has worked in various fields of communication, including sports and news broadcasting on both television and web series productions. Mrs. Page earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Communication from Pittsburg State University.

Kathleen Petrie

Kathleen Petrie

Criminal Justice Faculty

Kathleen Petrie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri – Rolla, and a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She then joined the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as a police officer, and later became a crime scene investigator with the Evidence Technician Unit. After several years in St. Louis, Mrs. Petrie found a way to continue her passion for law enforcement, and share her knowledge with students, by teaching at Grantham University. Professor Petrie enjoys giving back to her community, volunteering as the Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader for her husband’s military battalion, as well as with various other organizations and causes.

Sarah Powell

Sarah Powell

Senior Foundations Faculty

Sarah Powell earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in natural science education from Southeast Missouri State University. She is a member of the National Audubon Society, Kansas Association for College and Biology Educators, and the Association of College and University Biology Educators. Before joining Grantham in 2013, Mrs. Powell taught informal science programs for several different government agencies and private organizations. She volunteers for citizen science projects and habitat restoration work.

Carol Pugh

Carol Pugh

Foundations Faculty

Carol Pugh, a veteran of the U.S. Army, has devoted most of her life to the service of others in military, corporate and academic environments. She works diligently to help students understand themselves, appreciate their distinctive talents and find their own unique place in the world. Ms. Pugh holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Park University, a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Education in Instructional Technology from American Intercontinental University. She is currently working toward a Doctor of Philosophy in Education at North Central University.

Rachael Renneisen

Rachael Renneisen

Business Faculty

Rachael Renneisen teaches business courses at Grantham University. Education has been instrumental in her life and helping others improve their lives by modeling the VIP2 process through education has become her life-long goal. Ms. Renneisen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Fitness and an MBA at Kansas Wesleyan University.

Amy Smith

Amy Smith

Foundations Faculty

Amy Smith attended Bard College, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Following, Amy went on to earn a master’s degree in counseling education at Canisius College, while spending her last year of study working with those who suffer from learning disabilities and emotional disturbance. She joined Grantham University as a student advisor and is now a member of the Foundations Faculty. Prior to her work with Grantham, Professor Smith worked in the social services field, counseling school-aged children and adults living in group homes or other care facilities.

Suzie Tousey

Suzie Tousey

Criminal Justice Faculty

Suzie Tousey earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Before joining Grantham University, she worked in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff and taught criminal justice at the collegiate level. Professor Tousey has worked as both a police officer and a deputy. She’s also worked in the Community Policing Unit, teaching the D.A.R.E. program, and in public schools, as a school resource officer. She remains a part-time officer for a local Kansas police department.

Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Foundations Faculty

Michael Turner earned his Bachelor of Science in English from Missouri Western State University in 1999 before spending 13 years teaching English to at-risk high school students. He also spent time teaching adult learners job readiness and communication skills through Kansas City, Missouri’s Full Employment Council, and earned a master’s degree in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. At Grantham University, Professor Turner teaches English Composition I and II, Technical Writing, and the General Education Studies Capstone course.

Richard Wrobel

Richard Wrobel

Business Faculty

Richard Wrobel teaches in the Mark Skousen School of Business. He has more than 20 years of management, marketing, sales and small business development experience. As a small business owner in the internet marketing sector, he also practices what he teaches. Mr. Wrobel earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from Emporia State University. He holds a Master of Science Information Management Technology degree and an MBA, both from Grantham University.

Everett Alvarez Jr.

Everett Alvarez, Jr. (Ret.) U.S. Navy

Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr. (Ret.), a distinguished Naval officer and government executive, is best known to the public as the first American aviator shot down over North Vietnam. He was taken prisoner on August 5, 1964, and held in North Vietnam as a POW for eight and a half years, until the general release of the American prisoners on February 12, 1973.

Since his retirement from the U.S. Navy in 1980, Commander Alvarez has held a number of notable positions, including: deputy director of the U.S. Peace Corps; deputy administrator of what was then the Veterans Administration; and chairman of the CARES Commission, a 16-member, independent panel chartered by the Secretary to recommend critical change within the Veteran Affairs Department. He is past chairman of the Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS); a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Graduate University; a member of the Board of Fellows of Santa Clara University; and served on the White House Fellows Selection Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Armed Services YMCA of the USA.

In 2008, Commander Alvarez was selected and honored by the “Council for Excellence in Government” as one of the 25 greatest public servants, over the past 25 years, for his remarkable service to our nation. In November 2008, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences named the Board of Regents meeting center in honor of his service to the University and to military medicine. In January 2010, he was awarded the Richard Nixon Library Foundation’s first “American Hero” award for a lifetime of service to our nation. And in September 2012, Commander Alvarez was awarded the prestigious Lone Sailor Award, presented by the Navy Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C. He holds numerous military decorations, some of which are: the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit (with Combat “V”), two Bronze Stars (with Combat “V”), the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Purple Heart Medals.

John Ashford

John Ashford

Mr. John Ashford is an advisor to Fortune 100 companies as chairman and CEO of The Hawthorn Group, L.C., an Alexandria, Virginia, international public affairs firm that he co-founded more than 20 years ago. He received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Missouri Valley College, where he served on the board for nearly 20 years and from which he received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. He co-chaired Missouri Valley’s Presidential Task Force on strategic planning. Mr. Ashford earned his Master’s in Public Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has lectured at a score of universities, from New York to Moscow. With extensive university board experience, he provides great insight to Grantham’s Board, having been actively involved in higher education issues, representing numerous educational clients, including major universities.

Harry Hagerty

Harry Hagerty

Mr. Harry Hagerty is the president and chief executive officer of Math Mastery, an e-Learning company that provides tutorial products for AOL, Discovery and 71,000 schools nationwide. He brings significant educational technology expertise to the Board. He served as chairman and CEO of Globalink, Inc., a translation software development and publishing company until its acquisition in 1998 by Lernout & Hauspie. Mr. Hagerty participated in the initial funding of the Discovery Channel and was founder of Digital Switch Corporation (now “DSC Communications, Inc.”). He graduated from West Point in 1962.

Herbert London

Herbert London, Ph.D.

Dr. Herbert London, chair of the Board of Governors, is president of the London Center for Policy Research and former president of the Hudson Institute, a world-renowned think-tank in Washington, D.C. He is the former John M. Olin Professor of Humanities at New York University, was responsible for creating the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 1972 and served as its dean until 1992. He is a graduate of Columbia University (1960), and the recipient of a Ph.D. from New York University (1966). He is also professor emeritus at New York University. He is the chairman of the National Association of Scholars and the erstwhile editor of Academic Questions. Dr. London was the first recipient of the Peter Shaw Award for his exemplary writing on higher education and American intellectual culture. His perspective on faculty and student issues, as well as curriculum, is especially valuable to the Board.

Lawrence G. Rebman

Lawrence G. Rebman

Mr. Lawrence G. Rebman was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon as an administrative law judge with the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations in March 2013. Prior to that, he had been the director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations for four years. During his tenure as director, he was elected president of the National Association of Government Labor Organizations and president-elect of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. He was also appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Labor to the Advisory Committee for Apprentice. Mr. Rebman earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Thomas Rhame

Thomas G. Rhame (Ret.) U.S. Army

Lieutenant General Thomas Rhame, who currently serves as the vice president of finance and administration for the Association of the United States Army, retired from the Army on September 30, 1997. His last assignment was as the director of the Defense Security Assistance Agency. Prior to that, he was the chief of the U.S. Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia. During Operation Desert Storm, General Rhame was the Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division (“The Big Red One”), Fort Riley, Kansas. Under his command, “The Big Red One” successfully conducted the initial attack to penetrate Iraqi defensive positions, conducted the rapid passage of lines for the 1st British Armored Division, and conducted a night attack against elements of the Iraqi Republican Guard. He also served two tours of combat in Vietnam, his first in 1967, commanding B Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry, and his second in 1971, serving as a district senior advisor with USAMACV.

General Rhame received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Distinguished Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Silver Star (with oak leaf cluster), the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with “V” Device (with two oak leaf clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Air Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device.
General Rhame graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Infantry, through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1963. He also holds a Master of Business Administration with a Comptrollership specialty from Syracuse University.

Tabitha Davis

Tabitha Davis

Director of University Outreach

Ms. Tabitha Davis oversees the development of business programs, educational programming and strategic leadership plans. She’s also often called upon to deliver presentations to diverse groups interested in collaborating with Grantham to deliver educational programming to their members. Before joining Grantham, she served in a variety of roles in community development and relations for education institutions in the Kansas City area. Ms. Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and an MBA from MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Cynthia Lockett

Cynthia Lockett

Regional Director of University Outreach

Ms. Cynthia Lockett began her Grantham University career as an admissions representative before finding her niche working with USAREC. She developed a network within the recruiting command by supporting, encouraging, monitoring and caring about each individual soldier’s success. She has been recognized for outstanding service and dedication, ranging from personal heartfelt emails to public awards and acknowledgment at brigade-level commands. Previously, she spent 17 years with AT&T as a crisis project manager in major markets. Ms. Lockett currently volunteers as a member of the Greater Kansas City USAREC Advisory Board of Directors, which consists of corporate and civic leaders from across the state.

Jeromey Bell

Jeromey Bell

Career Services Manager

George Colon

George Colon

SVA Staff Sponsor

U.S. Army Veteran

Jennifer Schreckengost

Jennifer Schreckengost

Dean of Curriculum & Instruction

Rich Wrobel

Rich Wrobel

Senior Foundations Faculty

Veterans' Voices Coordinator

Ryan Yeager

Ryan Yeager

VST Coordinator

U.S. Army Veteran

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Grantham University’s Kansas City commencement ceremony brings online graduates and university faculty and staff together for the first time in celebration

LENEXA, Kan., July 24, 2017 – Nearly 300 graduates of Grantham University’s 100 percent online degree programs will travel to Kansas City, Missouri, for the school’s annual commencement ceremony August 5th. To be held at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the unique graduation ceremony enables Grantham graduates from across the world to meet their instructors and student advisors face-to-face for the first time. For the 2017 commencement ceremony, approximately 1,600 graduates from as far away as Germany were…...
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GRANTHAM UNIVERSITY ADVANCES THE CAUSES OF CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS THROUGH NEW GRANT PROGRAM

(L to R): Samantha Jeffers, Grantham President Scott Andrews, Kathy Irvine, Beau Heyen KANSAS CITY, Kan., July 12, 2017 – Grantham University recently awarded three community grants through its new program designed to give back to local organizations. Episcopal Community Services, the Honor Flight Network of Kansas City and the Warriors’ Best Friend Foundation each received $3,000 to further their missions. “The spirit of giving back to the community is ingrained in Grantham’s deep-seated culture of service,” said Scott Andrews,…...
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GRANTHAM UNIVERSITY NAMES DAVID EBY AS CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

LENEXA, Kan. – June 14, 2017 – Grantham University is proud to announce the appointment of David Eby to the role of chief marketing officer. A seasoned marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience in the higher education arena, Mr. Eby is distinguished by his innovative, insightful approach to advancing the success of educational institutions in areas ranging from marketing and operations to enrollment and student services. His begins his position at Grantham University on June 14, 2017. “As…...
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GRANTHAM UNIVERSITY PARTNERS WITH CITY OF LEAVENWORTH TO FACILITATE CITY EMPLOYEES’ EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

City of Leavenworth employees can now take advantage of Grantham University’s special tuition rates and credit for prior training. Lenexa, Kansas (May 31) – Grantham University and the City of Leavenworth (Kansas) have announced a partnership that will enable the city’s employees to pursue their higher education goals, supported by reduced tuition rates, credit for prior learning and other key benefits. Grantham is a 66-year-old institution delivering accredited online degree programs and certificates to working adults, active-duty military and veterans around the…...
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GRANTHAM UNIVERSITY NAMES SCOTT ANDREWS AS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

LENEXA, Kan. – May 30, 2017 – Grantham University is proud to announce the appointment of Scott Andrews to the role of university president and chief executive officer. Mr. Andrews assumes the leadership role effective today, May 30, 2017. He succeeds former Grantham University president, Mr. Joseph McGrath, who retired from the position in 2014, and Dr. Cheryl Hayek, who subsequently served as interim president during the university’s search for a permanent leader. “I am delighted for Scott to assume his…...
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