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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.
Flexible study schedules and career-relevant programs only make up half of the equation. Discover how Grantham’s award-winning support helps students achieve educational goals and success in life. Three Grantham graduates share their stories in this video.
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.
Our Rich History
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.
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
Grantham University faculty, administration and staff are committed to:
We demonstrate commitment to the accessibility and affordability of higher education by facilitating learning that fits into the student ...
We affirm a commitment to an inclusive community by making academic programs, educational services and employment opportunities available ...
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...
We maintain a strong commitment to high standards in all aspects of academic programs, learning outcomes and student support services, ...
We place the academic and personal success of students at the center of all University functions, services, activities and academic ...
We commit all students, faculty, staff and administrators to uphold the highest standards of integrity, honesty and personal ...
- Critical Thinking
- Respect for Diversity
- Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibility
- Lifelong Learning
- 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
Interim University President, Chief Administration Officer and Provost
Dr. Cheryl Hayek has been instrumental in developing faculty leadership and student support for 20 years. She created the VIP² Faculty Development and Leadership Program and the Swaddled Support Services (SSS) model for adult learners, earning Grantham University the 2011 APSCU Innovative Best Practice/New Program Award. In addition to her university work, Dr. Hayek holds teaching certificates for K-12 and principal eligibility. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and English from Montclair State University, a Master of Arts in Education Leadership and Administration from William Paterson University and holds a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Northcentral University.
Steve Waldron, JD
Campus President and 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.
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.
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and 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.
Vice President of Compliance
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.
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.
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.
Chief Information Officer
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, 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, MA
Associate Dean, Criminal Justice, 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.
Niccole Kopit, DBA
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 and several certifications, including CAEL prior learning assessor, Six Sigma Green Belt and Criteria Reference Instructional Development.
Julius Leary, MBA
Dean of Foundations Faculty
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. 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.
Lorchi Lo, MBA
Chair of Foundations Faculty
Lorchi Lo has served as a business faculty and associate chair of Foundations Faculty before transitioning into his current role. Prior to Grantham, he held positions in management and recruiting within the telecommunication and service industries. He currently sits on the McGraw-Hill advisory board. Mr. Lo earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Dana College and holds a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management. He is currently working toward a Doctorate in Education at Creighton University.
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, 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, Ph.D.
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, 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 and a Bachelor of Science in Geography (GIS). 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, 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, 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, DBA
Chair of Foundations Faculty
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.
Professor 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.
Professor 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.
Professor 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.
Professor Pamela Monroe is a registered radiographer and occupational therapists 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.
Professor 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.
Professor 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.
Professor Belinda Patton has been teaching and working in the field of Computer Science, Information Technology and Mathematics for the past 12 years. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Minor in Mathematics from the State University of New York, followed by a Masters in Computer Science from Troy University. Ms. Patton is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Adult Education at Auburn University.
Professor 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 her Doctor of Philosophy in Education at North Central University.
Professor 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.
Professor Michelle Sodaro teaches Strategies for Decision Making, helping students develop critical thinking skills. She has taught at ever grade level in 19 years of teaching – in the lecture hall and online. She has been an Associate Dean of General Studies, and she’s written curriculum. She has also self-published five novels. Ms. Sodaro earned her Bachelor of Science in Education in English from Missouri State University in Springfield and her Masters in Integrated Humanities in Education from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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Grantham University In the News!
At Grantham, we proudly celebrate the accomplishments of our students and alumni, and those of our faculty, staff and University as a whole. We also delight in demonstrating how our deeply rooted focus on “service” extends well beyond the online classroom to the communities that surround us.
So whether it is highlights of Grantham employees’ volunteerism and donation drive efforts, a featured video of an alum reaching new career heights, or late-breaking news of an award or accomplishment – you’ll find it on this page. We invite you to explore, read, view, share … and simply enjoy learning about Grantham’s activities and happenings. And please check back often, as new pictures, videos and news will be highlighted throughout the year.
We would love to learn about your own community service experiences! Feel free to post pictures and stories to social media with the hashtag #granthamgivesback.
Grantham University $65 Challenge in Partnership with Osawatomie Police Department.
Suzie Tousey, Grantham University faculty member and Osawatomie, Kansas, police officer, organized a donation drive as part of her $65 challenge to create care kits for Osawatomie children and families in need.
Alan Arnold - Dreams Come True.
Alan shares his story about how he never thought he would go to college. After his father wouldn't let him take over the family farm, he joined the Marine Corps. After 17 years of service he decided to go back to his degree through Grantham University's online degree program.