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 of Educational 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.
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.

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Grantham University Constitution

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

Mission Statement
To provide quality, accessible, affordable, professionally relevant programs in a continuously changing global society.
Vision Statement
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.
Core Values

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.

Diverse Community

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 & Service to 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-Centric Success

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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.

Institutional Integrity

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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Core Professional Competencies
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibility
  • Lifelong Learning
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University Goals
  • 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.

Anthony Petroy

Anthony Petroy, D.M.

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Anthony Petroy’s vast higher education experience includes more than a decade of online education leadership. An Air Force veteran and champion for the expansion of access to distance and online education, Dr. Petroy previously served as the vice provost of global learning at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has also held leadership roles for universities such as Robert Morris University, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and Argosy University. He holds a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix, Master of Science in Management from Troy State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University.

Baz Abouelenein

Baz Abouelenein, D.M.

Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

Dr. Baz Abouelenein possesses two decades of experience in Information Technology enhancement and academic leadership. Prior to joining Grantham University, he served as the Chief Information Officer for Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC), where he led the development and execution of several key initiatives focused on the student experience, growth, transformational practices, marketplace competitiveness and organizational effectiveness. Under his leadership, the college won the Fourth Digital Community College Award in America by the Center for Digital Education. He also was recognized in 2013 by the Huffington Post and TechEd magazine as being a “rising star” among the top 100 CIOs. Dr. Abouelenein holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership/Information Systems and Technology from the University of Phoenix. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute (PMI), and is certified in Risk and Information Systems Control from ISACA.

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.

Tracy Gallery

Tracy Gallery

Vice President of Human Resources

Tracy Gallery is an experienced human resources executive with 30 years of experience in corporate and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Grantham, she served in leadership roles at J.P. Morgan, Prudential, McKesson, and most recently at an early childhood education non-profit serving impoverished children and families. Ms. Gallery holds a master’s degree in Management and Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management and Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. She holds two human resources certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Aimee Brown

Aimee Brown

Vice President of Marketing

Aimee Brown possesses more than 18 years of experience in higher education marketing, advertising and admissions. Prior to joining Grantham University’s leadership team, she served as chief marketing officer at Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, where her efforts contributed to growth from a single campus to five locations in four years. Ms. Brown also served as vice president of marketing and admissions for Kaplan Higher Education Campuses and vice president of advertising at Career Education Corporation. Throughout her career, she has been commended for her focus on results-driven marketing, growth and efficiency. Ms. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in Quantitative Economics and Decision Sciences from University of California San Diego.

Ben Hoster

Ben Hoster

Vice President of Business Intelligence

Ben Hoster has spent more than 15 years in leadership, consulting, strategy and performance improvement, and 20 years in information systems and analytics. Before joining Grantham, Mr. Hoster served as engagement manager with Oliver Wyman, where he advised clients across a wide range of industries, including higher education, on their most pressing analytics and technology challenges. He also served as a principal for Infosys Consulting with responsibilities for business development, client relationships and thought leadership. Mr. Hoster holds a Master of Business Administration (Summa Cum Laude) and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Texas in Austin.

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.

Lindsay Bridgeman

Lindsay Bridgeman

Vice President of Student Financial Services

Lindsay Bridgeman is a seasoned financial aid professional with nearly two decades of higher education experience supporting students’ financial interests. With a purposeful focus on enabling a positive student experience throughout the entire educational journey, she brings extensive knowledge of financial aid operations with specialization in Title IV administration to her role as Grantham’s vice president of Student Financial Services. Prior to joining Grantham University in 2014, Lindsay served in student funding roles with Concorde Career College, ITT Technical Institute, Sallie Mae and William Jewell College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Benedictine College.

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.

Lisa Blair

Lisa Blair, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Lisa Blair, Ph.D., has spent 30 years working in higher education as a teacher, and in academic and student affairs. She has extensive experience in assessment of student learning, curriculum development, and delivery of student support services. Dr. Blair’s research interests include using conversion analysis to study tutor-client interaction, as well as accelerating tutor and academic coach development through training. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and secondary education from William Jewell College, a master’s degree in counselor education from Emporia State University, and a Ph.D. in Education (with an emphasis in Learning Systems Design and Technology) from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Tina Freestone

Tina Freestone, MA

Associate 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, 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.

Nancy Hill

Nancy Hill

Associate Chair, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Nancy Hill earned her Bachelor of Science in Math/Computer Science from Truman State University. She also earned Master of Science in Information Technology, Master of Science in Educational Technology, Ed.S. in Educational Technology, and Graduate Certification in Online Teaching & Learning from the University of Central Missouri. She has nearly 30 years of higher education experience.

Keri DeVrieze

Keri Johnson

Associate Chair - Faculty Development

Prior to joining the Teaching and Learning Center as the Associate Chair of Faculty Development, Keri Johnson taught full time for the Mark Skousen School of Business. She earned an MBA with a marketing emphasis from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Emporia State University.

Keri has worked in a variety of roles in the higher ed sector, including admissions, advising, course development, training, and teaching. Currently, she is responsible for faculty training and professional development as well as oversight of the student Learning Center and tutors. In her spare time, Keri is passionate about a number of philanthropic causes, including animal welfare, law enforcement support, and community involvement.

Alli Lindemann

Alli Lindemann, MS

Chair of Instructional Design

Alli Lindemann supervises the development and implementation of Grantham’s curriculum, as well as overseeing the Teaching and Learning Center and Library Services. She has worked for more than 10 years in higher education, at public, private and online institutions. Ms. Lindemann earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Missouri, Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University, and Master of Science in Higher Education from Kaplan University. When it comes to curriculum, she is passionate about various learning styles and methodologies, and ensuring best practices.

David Marker

David Marker, Ph.D.

Dean, 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, 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, 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, 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.

Steve Turner

Steve Turner, MBA

Manager, Student Academic 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, 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, College of Nursing and Allied Health

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

Assistant Professor

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.

Archuleta Chisolm

Archuleta Chisolm

Instructor

Archuleta Chisolm earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from DeVry University and MBA degree from Baker University. She is a member of the National Association of Black Accountants, and the National Black MBA Association. Prior to her career in higher education, Ms. Chisolm spent 12 years as an accountant for various industries. Her military career included eight years of reserve duty in the Army in the fields of finance and administration.

Theresa Connolly

Theresa Turk

Instructor

Theresa Turk teaches English Composition, Speech and Literature. She has also trained hundreds of teachers in classroom management and discipline. Mrs. Turk 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.

Jonathan Dolen

Jonathan Dolen

Assistant 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.

Elhan Durguti

Elhan Durguti

Associate Professor

Elhan Durguti earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Kansas and MBA degree from the University of Phoenix. Prior to his career in higher education, Mr. Durguti spent time training in the casino and hotel industry training staff on customer relationship management policies, as well as pharmaceutical industry educating clients on the benefits of various prescriptions.

Fara Dyke

Fara Dyke

Assistant Professor

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

Assistant 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.

Dane Howard

Dane Howard

Instructor

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.

Tim Hsiao

Timothy Hsiao

Instructor

Timothy Hsiao holds a master's degree in philosophy from Florida State University. He is an active researcher and speaker in the areas of applied ethics, environmental ethics, and social philosophy. His articles have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Public Affairs Quarterly, Philosophia, Ethics & Medicine, and the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. Prior to joining Grantham, Professor Hsiao taught philosophy and ethics at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society and the National Association of Scholars.

Eric Hughlett

Eric Hughlett

Instructor

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.

Stephanie Kajpust

Stephanie Kajpust

Assistant Professor

Stephanie Kajpust holds bachelor degrees in computer engineering and mathematics, with a concentration in secondary education. She earned her masters in applied mathematics from Michigan Technological University and has been teaching college-level mathematics since 2010. Professor Kajpust strives to help all students see how mathematics can be useful in their lives and believes that all students can be successful in mathematics with hard work and determination.

Qianlan Liu

Qianlan “Anna” Liu

Assistant Professor

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

Assistant Professor

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

Assistant 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.

Gloria Ohmart

Gloria Ohmar

Professor

Gloria Ohmart is a full Professor in the School of Nursing. Dr. Ohmart earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix, School for Advanced Studies, a Master in Nursing from Emory University, and Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Metropolitan State University. Prior to coming to Grantham in 2014, Dr. Ohmart served as a Nursing Dean, a Dean of Academic Affairs and an Associate Dean for Simulations. She has been an Academic and Clinical Nurse Educator since 2003. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Ohmart was a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Certified Nurse Midwife (1982-2002) delivering more than 1000 babies.

Mark Olson

Mark Olson

Assistant Professor

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

Assistant 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.

Belinda Patton

Belinda Patton

Assistant Professor

Belinda Casimir-Patton holds a Master’s of Science in Computer Science and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Adult Education. She has spent the last 14 years as a Computer Science and Mathematics instructor and has worked as a developer for the Alabama Department of Revenue. Before joining Grantham in 2014, Mrs. Patton taught Computer Science and Mathematics courses for local universities and schools.

She earned a bachelor’s degree is in Computer Science and Mathematics from the State University of New York, followed by a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Troy University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Adult Education at Auburn University and has been a recipient of the Outstanding Student Award for Academic Excellence and Alma Holladay Endowment. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society.

Sarah Powell

Sarah Powell

Assistant Professor

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

Associate 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 a Doctor of Philosophy in Education at North Central University.

Rachael Renneisen

Rachael Renneisen

Assistant 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.

Richard Sayles

Richard Sayles

Instructor

Richard Sayles earned his Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Park University (Parkville, Mo.) and Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement from the University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg, Mo.). A retired Captain from the Kansas City (Mo.) Police Department and 32-year law enforcement veteran, he lends his years of experience to Grantham University’s Criminal Justice degree programs.

Carol Segura

Carol Segura

Instructor

Carol Segura has a Bachelors degree in Business Management from University of Maryland. She additionally has a Masters of Science in Management Technology from Murray State University and additional graduate hours in Business Management. Ms Segura has worked in DOD contract positions as well as teaching both full and part-time at various colleges and universities over the past 20 years. She is a Desert Storm Veteran and spent 7 years active duty in the United States Army where she served in Preventive Medicine/Environmental health/Industrial hygiene field.

Andrew Stoll

Andrew Stoll

Instructor

Andrew Stoll earned a bachelor’s degree in Science Education from the University of Iowa and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Saint Mary. He had taught high school biology for several years while earning a Master of Sciences degree in Biology from Clemson University. Andrew is a member of the Kansas Association for College and Biology Educators, and the Association of College and University Biology Educators, and is a member of the National Science Teachers Association. Andrew is also a member of Pheasants Forever and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Suzie Tousey

Suzie Tousey

Instructor

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.

Susan Troell

Susan Troell

Assistant Professor

Susan Troell earned bachelor’s degrees in dental hygiene and nursing, master’s degrees in nutritional education and nursing education. Before joining Grantham in 2017, Mrs. Troell taught in baccalaureate dental hygiene and nursing programs, served in several roles as a nurse, and specialized in pharmacovigilance as a Senior Safety Scientist. She is a member of the National League for Nursing, American Nurses Association, Kansas State Nursing Association, Dental Hygiene Honor Society, International Nursing Honor Society, and National Scholastic Honor Society for the Allied Health and Nursing Professions. She teaches in a children’s ministry and adopts dogs in need.

Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Assistant Professor

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.

Susan Walker

Susan Walker

Associate Professor

Dr. Susan Walker holds a Doctorate of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Management/Leadership from Walden University and a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in General Management from Avila University. She has been a higher education business instructor for the past 8 years and served as a past Administrative Program Chair for the Mark Skousen School of Business. Before Dr. Walker joined the Grantham faculty team, she was a successful owner of a specialty flooring company and served as an Associate Vice-President for a local company in the merchant services industry. In addition to teaching, Dr. Walker participates in a number of university and academic task forces to help make positive changes to enhance the student learning experience.

Richard Wrobel

Richard Wrobel

Assistant Professor

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.

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.

Carol Roman

Carol A. Romano, Rear Admiral, USPHS (Ret.)

Dr. Carol A. Romano, Rear Admiral, USPHS (Ret.) is Professor and Dean of the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland.

She has served in a variety of leadership positions within the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) in the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG), including Acting Deputy Surgeon General, Acting Chief of Staff OSG, Director of the Office of Reserve Affairs, and Chief Nurse Officer of USPHS.

A fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Medical Informatics, Dr. Romano also spent 34 years at the National Institutes of Health, Clinical Research Center. She was also co-architect of the world’s first graduate curriculum in nursing informatics at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Dr. Romano also served as advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) for management of manpower and health information in developing countries.

She earned her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. in Nursing all from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She is also board certified in nursing informatics and as an advanced nurse executive.

Lindsey Streeter

Lindsey Streeter
(Ret.) U.S. Army

Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) Lindsey Streeter is currently vice president of sales and marketing for Bank of America. He retired in 2016 from the United States Army with more than 30 years of service.

While in the Army, he held positions in the field of sexual harassment and assault response, as well as recruiting and logistics. Additionally, CSM Streeter served as a professional witness to Congress on Recruiting Affairs and is a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

His many military distinctions range from The Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal and the Army Superior Unit Award, to the Glen E. Morrell Medallion for Excellence in Recruiting, the Recruiter's Ring for Excellence in Recruiting, and the Gold Recruiter Badge with three sapphire stars.

CSM Streeter attended the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (class of 1957) and earned his Master of Science in Performance Improvement from Grantham University. He also holds a facilitator's certification for Franklyn Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People empowerment course. In April 2017, he received the 2017 Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) Outstanding Graduate Award for Grantham 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

Assistant Professor

Veterans' Voices Coordinator

Ryan Yeager

Ryan Yeager

VST Coordinator

U.S. Army Veteran

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Grantham University Welcomes Dr. Romano to Board of Governors

LENEXA, Kan., November 14, 2018 – Grantham University, a leading provider of online college degree and certificate programs, has announced the appointment of Dr. Carol A. Romano, Rear Admiral, USPHS (Ret.), as the newest member of its Board of Governors. Dr. Romano is professor and Dean of the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. She is now one of six Board of Governors members, a distinguished group…...
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Grantham University partners with Honor Flight Network of Kansas City and Veterans’ Voices to offer two October 27th events supporting military veterans

Flightless Honor Flight: 3:30 p.m. homecoming at Union Station Annual Veterans’ Pen Celebration: 2-4 p.m. at the National World War I Museum and Memorial   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (October 23, 2018) – Grantham University, an online university with a 67-year history of educating military heroes, is proud to sponsor two events on Saturday, October 27th in support of military veterans.   In partnership with Honor Flight Network of Kansas City, Grantham is hosting a Flightless Honor Flight, a virtual tour of…...
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Local NAACP Kansas Branch Honors Grantham University at Banquet

LENEXA, Kan., Oct. 1, 2018 — Grantham University is pleased to receive the Johnson County NAACP 2018 Philanthropic Award, which was presented during the organization’s 55th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Sept. 30. The event’s theme, “Working Together to Broaden our Community through Education,” aligns with the purpose and vision of Grantham – a pioneer in online education for adult learners. The banquet also helped solidify an already strong relationship between the university and the local NAACP branch. Over the summer,…...
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Grantham University Announces Partnership and Articulation Agreement with California Institute of Arts & Technology

Lenexa, Kan. September 17, 2018 – Two schools, forged from the need for technology education, formed a corporate partnership to better serve students seeking degrees and certifications in technology related fields. Grantham University and California Institute of Arts & Technology recently signed an articulation agreement, which facilitates a seamless transfer of courses and credits between the two schools, allowing CIAT students the opportunity to pursue technology-based degree programs through Grantham University. “This agreement brings together two outstanding institutions that strive…...
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Grantham Signs Education Partnership with YMCA

Grantham Signs Education Partnership with YMCA Pact underscores shared sentiments of service, personal empowerment LENEXA, Kan., Sept. 12, 2018 — Online education pioneer Grantham University recently entered into a partnership with the Olathe (Kansas) Family YMCA that provides a number of benefits to YMCA staff, their spouses and dependents who attend the university. Under the education agreement, these students can take advantage of: reduced tuition at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; a complimentary review of training and experience for potential…...
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