Online educator appoints new president

Northcentral University, a leader in accredited, 100-percent online education programs for those seeking Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degrees, recently announced that the NCU Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Claudia Santin to the position of President of Northcentral University.

“It is my pleasure to announce Dr. Santin’s appointment, and I am confident she will be instrumental in the continued growth and success of NCU,” said Dr. Don Hecht, NCU founder and President of Northcentral University since its inception in 1996. All NCU departments now report to Santin, whose appointment became effective September 1, 2006.

Santin joined the NCU staff in 2004 as its first Dean of the School of Education, launching its Master’s, Ed.D and Ph.D online education programs. Santin went on to serve NCU as Academic Vice President, Provost and Chief Operating Officer. Her original association with NCU was as a member of the Board of Directors, beginning in 2001.

Since her arrival at NCU, Santin has played a progressively vital role at this accredited online university.

“She understands NCU’s mission and is dedicated to providing learners with access to quality online degree programs,” commented Hecht.

Santin’s ascension to the President’s position comes as NCU is expanding rapidly. Northcentral University is achieving steady growth in enrollment, thanks in large part to its solid reputation as a premier accredited online university.

At the end of August 2006, NCU had over 3,600 learners enrolled in online education programs and courses. Beginning 2006 at fewer than 2,400 learners, growth at NCU has exceeded 40 percent during the first eight months of 2006.

NCU has outgrown its Prescott headquarters building and is leasing additional space in two buildings nearby, while it builds a new world headquarters a dozen miles away in Prescott Valley to accommodate Northcentral University’s growing staff and infrastructure.

Just as important as building sufficiently large quarters, however, is developing an organizational structure that will enable continued growth and simultaneously maintain the high education standards NCU learners, faculty and staff expect from an accredited online university. And with Santin in charge of academics, the online education programs and day-to-day operations, NCU founder and outgoing president Don Hecht will now be better able to concentrate on corporate growth and development.

“I will continue to serve as a member of the NCU Board of Directors,” said Hecht, “and provide continuity of history, mission and vision as NCU expands its leadership presence in higher education.”

Uniquely qualified by a background in traditional as well as nontraditional education, Dr. Santin is the right individual to assume the reins of an accredited online university with NCU’s academic and administrative energies.

Prior to joining NCU, Santin served as Full Professor and Dean of Graduate Leadership Studies, then Dean of Academic Affairs at the Fischler School of Education (2001-2003), and was Associate Dean of the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship (1996-2001) — both institutions of Nova Southeastern University.

Santin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (cum laude) and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Personnel Services at the College of New Jersey, where she was Graduate Salutatorian, as well as Graduate Fellow, Teaching Assistant and a Chi Sigma Iota inductee. Her Doctorate in Education was awarded by Nova Southeastern University in areas of specialization perfectly tailored to meet the challenges of her new role at Northcentral University: Higher Education Administration and Leadership with a concentration in Institutional Advancement.

Santin’s other credentials are a perfect fit for the presidency of an accredited online university with 100-percent online education programs, including a Certificate for Teaching the Online Student and a Proficient Certification in the pre-eminent online education software packages WebCT, Emanet, Assignment Manager and Blackboard. She also possesses an Executive Certificate in Corporate Strategy from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.

A native of Trenton, N.J., Santin has two children – one an attorney practicing in Florida, the other pursuing a Ph.D in E-Commerce.

About NCU
Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Prescott, Arizona, Northcentral University ( is a private, 100-percent online institution serving adult learners worldwide. Learners seeking higher education from a premier university experience the convenience of 100-percent online distance learning and NCU’s flexible term format designed to meet the needs of busy professionals. NCU focuses on customizing academic programs to each learner’s personal and professional interests, and NCU faculty mentors provide one-on-one guidance to ensure academic success.

NCU offers Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in business and technology management, education, and psychology and is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Chicago, Illinois.

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