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Our 1,700+ faculty members are located globally and bring real world experience and passion into the classroom. Among these experts, we have more than 700 professors with doctorate degrees from leading state and private universities. From our provost to our deans to our faculty in the field, you'll find dedicated professionals ready to serve you.

Dr. Karan Powell, Provost

Karan Powell, ProvostDr. Powell has more than 30 years of experience in learning, leadership development, organization performance enhancement, and transformation in education, non-profit, business, and government settings. Collaborating with WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), Dr. Powell is engaged in the evaluation and study of optimal online faculty workload to ensure student success. Dr. Powell is a member of the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) board and a member of the board of Garrison Forest School (Baltimore, MD). Dr. Powell owns and has led Powell and Associates, an organization transformation and executive development consulting firm. Dr. Powell served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University. There, she has designed and taught leadership classes for the U.S. Senate, Verizon, and others. She has been an adjunct faculty member at University of Phoenix Online, George Mason University, and University of Maryland University College. Dr. Powell’s work has special emphasis in learning at a distance, evaluating equivalent work learning for college credit, online faculty workload, program review and evaluation, and leadership development. Dr. Powell holds a doctorate in education from George Mason University, with a specialization in organization development and organizational learning. More…

Dr. Gwen Hall, Academic Operations Officer

Gwen Hall, Academic Operations OfficerDr. Hall, in her former role as the Dean of the School of Security and Global Studies, was responsible for the intelligence studies and national security programs, international relations, Middle East studies, political science, and public administration. Dr. Hall currently serves as a consultant to the Department of Homeland Security with a focus on homeland security strategic planning and infrastructure security and resiliency planning for the 18 CIKR Sectors. Her other work includes defense planning, homeland security and homeland defense programs, and efforts to counter and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction. Dr. Hall was a professional staff member for the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, maintaining the committee portfolio for homeland defense issues, nuclear proliferation, radiological and chemical weapons, counter-proliferation and non-proliferation concerns, Nunn-Lugar programs, and all Department of Defense (DoD) homeland defense issues. Dr. Hall is a retired Air Force officer and an internationally recognized national security expert who has researched and published numerous publications. Her nuclear weapons study won the prestigious Air Staff award for "best overall project with direct relevance to the Air Force," and became mandatory reading at three DoD schools. More…

Dr. Linda Moynihan | Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities

Linda Moynihan, Dean of the School of Arts & HumanitiesDr. Moynihan began teaching English courses with the university in 2001 and has also taught writing and composition at the Lord Fairfax Community College campuses in Middletown and Warrenton, VA. Previously, she taught writing and composition as well as a variety of literature courses at Warner Southern College in Lake Wales, FL. Prior to that, Dr. Moynihan taught at Miami University in Oxford, OH, for nine years and at SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY, for one year. Dr. Moynihan completed her M.A. in English Literature at SUNY Fredonia and received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio. More…

Dr. Chad Patrizi | Dean of the School of Business

Chad Patrizi, Dean of the School of BusinessDr. Patrizi comes to the university from the National Academy of Public Administration, where his experience encompassed a wide variety of public management research and public policy analysis, to include analytical and publication contributions to publicly sponsored domestic and international studies. His success is based on his knowledge of public administration, his ability to complete large projects, his ability to communicate with diverse individuals, and his leadership and flexibility. On the national level, Dr. Patrizi served as a research analyst focused on congressionally mandated studies including The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the National Park Service Construction Program. In international affairs, his work included the USIA sponsored Public Administration Program in Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to his public service experience, as a 10-year manager in private industry, Dr. Patrizi supervised, managed, and developed corporate human resources and training programs. Dr. Patrizi completed his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in E-learning at Touro University International. More…

Dr. Conrad Lotze | Dean of the School of Education

Conrad Lotze, Dean of the School of EducationDr. Lotze brings 25 years of teaching, curriculum development, and educational leadership experience from a variety of academic positions. He has taught many years of junior high, high school, and college level mathematics and pedagogy, in locations including Memphis, Tenn.; Zug, Switzerland; Salt Lake City, Utah; Towson, Md., and Washington, D.C. Most recently, Dr. Lotze served as senior product development manager for the Teachers College of Western Governors University. During that time, he was a mathematics mentor, the mathematics program coordinator, and redesigned the mathematics programs and the professional studies course offerings. Conrad was a member of The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Institutional Report (NCATE IR) writing team that succeeded in garnering the first NCATE accreditation granted to an online teachers college. Dr. Lotze earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from American University. More…

Ms. Constance St. Germain, Esq. | Dean of the School of Public Service & Health

Constance St. Germain, Dean of the School of Public Service & HealthA former Major in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Ms. St. Germain has extensive experience in both trial and appellate litigation. She has previously served as an attorney for the U.S. Army Claims Service a Legal Assistance attorney, Administrative Law attorney, and Chief of Administrative Law. She practiced as a Trial Defense Counsel and tried over 86 felony cases in addition to providing legal defense services to the 12,000 soldiers stationed at Fort Riley; Ms. St. Germain has also acted as the S-3 and Trial Defense Counsel and has worked as an Appellate Defense Attorney. After leaving active duty,she went into private practice where her main areas of concentration were property law, and wills, trusts, and estates. Ms. St. Germain is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Higher Education and Organizational Change at Benedictine University. More…

Mr. Dan Benjamin | Dean of the School of Science, Tech, Engineering, & Math

Dan Benjamin, Dean of the School of Science, Technology, Engineering, & MathMr. Benjamin has over 15 years of experience providing information technology and management education and consulting solutions in the public and private sectors. His clients include the White House, the U.S. Senate, the Department of Defense, the Department of Treasury, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Department of Education. He serves on the executive board of the Federal Information Systems Security Educators Association and on the Executive Committee of the Association of Computing Machinery SIG on IT Education (SIGITE). Mr. Benjamin has authored books on Java and Oracle that were published by Element-K Press (formerly Ziff-Davis) and McGraw-Hill/ Oracle Press. In addition, he developed IT curriculum for three universities using multi-tiered learning outcomes assessment architectures. Mr. Benjamin was instrumental in developing the implementation strategy for President Bush’s CFO Act of 1990 and also implemented a SCORM compliant, learning objects based e-Learning solution in support of President Clinton’s Distance Learning Initiative. More…

Mr. Richard Pera | Dean of the School of Security & Global Studies

Richard Pera, Dean of the School of Security & Global StudiesMr. Pera, who brings more than 30 years of Navy and intelligence community experience, most recently served as director of the Defense Intelligence Resource Management Office of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in Washington, DC. In that role, he directed program/budget development for $7 billion worth of intelligence capabilities and 25,000 military, civilian, and contractor positions in DIA, five military services, and 11 combatant commands worldwide. He interfaced regularly with the nation’s most senior intelligence leaders and Congress. Prior to joining DIA, Mr. Pera served in a variety of senior assignments, including director of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance on the Navy Staff and director of global information acquisition at the Office of Naval Intelligence. Mr. Pera also served in key posts overseas, including intelligence chief at the US Sixth Fleet in Italy, assistant naval attaché in the US Embassy in France, and air intelligence officer in a carrier-based squadron in Japan. More…

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