Northcentral University Names New Dean of School of Education

PRESCOTT VALLEY, ARIZONA, Aug. 10, 2009 — Dr. Dennis Lessard has been appointed Dean of the School of Education at Northcentral University, effective August 10, 2009, according to an announcement made today by Dr. Clinton Gardner, President of the leading 100% online university.  

“I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dennis Lessard, PhD, as our new Dean of Education, effective August 10, 2009,” Gardner said today.  “Dr. Lessard received his PhD in Business Administration, Management from Northcentral University, and, as a result, he brings a unique perspective to his new position, one that I believe will greatly benefit all students enrolled in the School of Education.”  Dr. Lessard also holds a Master’s degree in Management and Supervision, Administration from Central Michigan University.

Previously, Dr. Lessard served as Chair of the Aeronautical Science Department and Interim Chair of the Safety Science Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Prescott, Arizona.  Dr. Lessard also served in various senior-level positions for United Airlines after first completing a long and distinguished career in the United States Air Force.

Dr. Lessard has extensive experience in administration, management, program development, teaching, and accreditation issues.

“I look forward to serving as Dean of the School of Education and supporting our learners, mentors and degree programs,” Dr. Lessard said today.  “I come from a family with a long tradition of teaching through the generations. After I completed my own undergraduate degree in secondary education I taught high school biology in Scottsdale, Arizona. As a result, I am excited to be able to return to my educational roots in this new position.”

About Northcentral University
Since its founding in 1996 Northcentral University has pioneered a distinct approach to online Undergraduate, Graduate, and Post Graduate education that is dedicated to teaching individuals rather than classes.  Combining the power of the Internet with an unparalleled one-on-one mentoring program, NCU offers students the flexibility to cost-effectively study on their own schedule using their own individual style while receiving personalized attention from course instructors whenever it is needed.  Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the for profit, 100% online university currently serves over 8,000 students worldwide, offering Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in the Schools of Business and Technology Management, Education, and Psychology.

NCU enjoys a long history of innovation. NCU’s School of Business and Technology Management was awarded initial accreditation by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) in 2007. The University was one of only eight schools worldwide to receive initial accreditation and remains the only 100 percent online institution offering Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral degrees to have ever received this honor from ACBSP. Today, Northcentral University educates more PhD’s in business and technology management than any other university in the United States.

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