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ACCSC Commission


ACCSC Executive Committee

 

Joel English, Ph.D.
School Commissioner - Chair of the Commission


Dr. Joel English serves as the Director of Distance Learning for the
Ohio Centers for Broadcasting, Illinois Centers for Broadcasting, and
Miami Media School, a family of schools dedicated to technical education in radio, television, and internet media broadcasting. As a
Commissioner, Dr. English has chaired the Distance Education Committee, as well as serving as Vice Chair and Chair of the Commission. Prior to becoming a Commissioner, Dr. English served on ACCSC's Distance Education Advisory Committee, as well as serving as both an Educational Specialist and Distance Education Specialist on team visits. In former positions, Dr. English served on the executive team at Centura College, where he oversaw distance learning and school operations at several campuses, and he was formerly an Assistant Professor of English and Distance Learning at Old Dominion University. Dr. English recently published Plugged In: Succeeding as an Online Learner through Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, as an extension of his dedication to supporting student success within online courses and programs. Dr. English holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Ball State University, and an M.A. and B.A. in Technical and Expository Writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

James Heideman Ph.D.
Public Commissioner -  ViceChair of the Commission

Dr. James Heideman brings over 25 years of public education and private sector business experience to his role as a Public Commissioner with ACCSC. Dr. Heideman currently serves as the Director of Licensing Programs with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation where he is responsible for coordinating the organization’s test programs as well as developing and implementing programs and strategies to enhance rider safety. Dr. Heideman previously worked for the Nissan Motor Corporation where he was responsible for designing and developing instructional materials and media support for technical and service department personnel. Additionally, Dr. Heideman has served as an Area Coordinator for the Power, Energy and Technology program in the School of Engineering and Technology at California State University-Los Angeles. Since 2008, Dr. Heideman has served as a member of ACCSC’s Degree Committee. Dr. Heideman earned his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University.

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William B. Buchanan
School Commissioner
- Secretary of the Commission
Since 2004, William B. Buchanan has served as the Executive Vice President for Marketing and Admissions at Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (“CCi”), a publicly traded company that offers short-term diploma programs and degree programs in program areas such as health care, criminal justice, business, information technology, and construction trades. CCi, with approximately 96,000 students and over 5,000 faculty members, is one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. In his current position, Bill is responsible for all aspects of CCi’s sales, marketing, advertising, branding, and new school management, as well as establishment of new campuses. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California Berkeley.

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P. Michael Lanouette, Ph.D.
School Commissioner - Treasurer of the Commission

Dr. P Michael Lanouette is the Chief Academic Officer for Remington Colleges, Inc., where he is responsible for the supervision and management of 20 campuses within the Remington College system of schools. Since joining Remington in 1993, Lanouette has held a number of positions including Senior Vice President of Operations, Campus President, and Director of Education. Lanouette has a long history of service to ACCSC and in 1999 he was recognized as the Team Leader of the Year. Lanouette also previously served on the Accrediting Commission from 2000 – 2004 during which time he served as Chairman of the Standard Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee. Lanouette is a leading expert on faculty motivation and leadership education and has presented at various higher education conferences across the United States including ACCSC’s Professional Development Conference. Lanouette earned a Ph.D. and MS in instructional design from the University of South Alabama, and a BS from Florida Institute of Technology.

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Sherry Bomberger
School Commissioner

Sherry Bomberger originally joined YTI Career Institute (“YTI”) in 1987 and throughout her tenure with the organization has served in a variety of positions including being responsible for career services, professional development, academic administration, and compliance. In her current position as Senior Vice President for Education and Regulatory Affairs, Sherry coordinates all licensing, state, federal, and accrediting agency activities for a 2,000+ student population school group covering 5 campuses. Since 2005, Sherry has served on the State Board of Private Licensed Schools for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education, and since 2007, as a member of ACCSC’s Appeal Panel. In 2010, ACCSC named Sherry its Volunteer of the Year for her dedication to, and support of, ACCSC-accreditation. Sherry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Potomac College.

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John Carreon, JD
School Commissioner

Since 2006, John Carreon has served as the Vice President of State Regulatory Affairs and Associate General Counsel for Kaplan Higher Education. In this capacity, Mr. Carreon is responsible for the management of Kaplan’s State Regulatory Affairs Department, which is charged with overseeing regulatory and government relations. Additionally, as the Associate General Counsel, Mr. Carreon leads Kaplan’s investigations into potential regulatory compliance issues and provides legal support to Kaplan’s accreditation department in order to ensure compliance with state laws and regulations, accreditation standards, and federal regulations. Mr. Carreon has significant accreditation experience and in 2009 served as a member of the ACCSC Nominating Committee. Mr. Carreon earned a Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate from Loyola University of Chicago and Bachelor of Science from the University of Chicago.

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Elizabeth Hawthorne, Ph.D.
Public Commissioner

Dr. Elizabeth Hawthorne currently serves as the Interim Dean at Nevada State College located in Henderson, Nevada and brings to ACCSC over 25 years of experience in higher education as a professor and administrator in public, private, and proprietary institutions. Dr. Hawthorne previously served as President of the Council of Universities and Colleges, an affiliate organization of the American Association of Community Colleges; as Dean of the College of Education at Ellis University; and as Vice President for Academic Affairs for City Colleges of Chicago. Since 2011, she has been an active volunteer with ACCSC serving as an Education Specialist, a member of ACCSC’s onsite evaluation teams. Dr. Hawthorne earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan.

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Duane Kramer
School Commissioner

Duane Kramer currently serves as the Vice President of New Campus Operations and Education Programs for Universal Technical Institute. In this position, Duane is responsible for providing leadership for start-up and continuing education programs at UTI, as well as the training of campus presidents to ensure compliance with regulations and accrediting standards. Since joining UTI in 1999, Duane has served in a number of positions within the organization including Campus Director, Vice President of Education, and Regional Vice President of Operations. Duane has also been active as a volunteer with ACCSC since 2005 where he has served as a Team Leader on 18 on-site evaluations conducted on behalf of the Commission.

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Valerie Njie
School Commissioner

Valerie Njie is the Executive Director/Senior Vice-President at Bidwell Training Center located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and brings over 35 years of experience in postsecondary adult technical education to the Commission. Throughout her career with Bidwell Training Center, Valerie has been one of ACCSC’s most active volunteers, serving as a Team Leader on more than 70 on-site evaluations as well as serving as a member of the ACCSC Appeals Panel. Based upon her dedication to career education and her support of ACCSC’s mission, Valerie was selected by the Commission as the Volunteer of the Year in 2009. Valerie is also active with the Pennsylvania Association for Adult and Continuing Education and the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators.

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Michael Pugliese
School Commissioner

Michael Pugliese currently serves as the President of the Platt College system of schools with campuses located throughout Oklahoma as well as in Dallas, Texas, and as Southwest Florida College, a multi-campus system in Florida. Throughout his 30 year career in postsecondary technical education, Mike has served in various leadership roles in support of ACCSC's mission, including Commissioner, Team Leader, and Appeals Panel Member. In1995, Mike was selected by the Commission as the Volunteer of the Year due to his active role in the accreditation process as a Team Leader. Mike has also previously served as the Chairman of the Conference Committee for the Council of Recognized National Accrediting Agencies

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Betty Sundberg, Ed.D.
Public Commissioner

Dr. Betty Sundberg is a widely recognized educator in postsecondary education and has served in administrative and faculty roles in higher education for more than thirty-five years. Her experiences include professional responsibilities in all segments of California public and private sector colleges and universities; regional and national accrediting commissions; and recognized agencies such as the College Board, U.S. Department of Education, and the American Council on Education. Dr. Sundberg is one of ACCSC’s most prolific volunteers and in 2007, in recognition of her service to the ACCSC community, the Commission selected Dr. Sundberg as the Education Specialist of the Year. Dr. Sundberg earned an AA degree from the College of the Redwoods, a B.A. and M.A. from Humboldt University, and an Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco.

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Malvin A. Williams, Ph.D.
Public Commissioner
Malvin A. Williams most recently served as Interim President of Alcorn State University. Prior to his tenure as interim president, Malvin served 29 years as the Chief Academic Officer/Vice President for Academic Affairs at Alcorn State University. Malvin has been involved in accreditation for more than thirty years, including having previously served as a peer evaluator and team chair for the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Malvin has also served as Chairman of the Committee on Academic Quality for the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Council of Academic Affairs. Malvin earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Alcorn State University, the Master of Natural Science Degree from Arizona State University and the Ph.D. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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Rachel Wise, Ph.D.
Public Commissioner

Dr. Rachel Wise has been involved in K-16 education throughout her professional career. Currently, she is working as an educational consultant on several projects in Nebraska. In November, she was elected to the Nebraska State Board of Education. Prior to retiring from full-time employment, Dr. Wise served as the Chief Operating Officer for Building Bright Futures (BBF) in Omaha, Nebraska. Prior to her position with BBF, she served in several different administrative positions in the Omaha Public Schools including Director of Secondary Education and the Coordinator for Career & Technical Education. Dr. Wise, a lifelong advocate for post-high school planning, brings over thirty-five years of service in public education and human services to the Commission including serving as the President of the Nebraska Association for Career and Technical Education. Dr. Wise has been involved in programmatic accreditation, previously serving as a Public Commissioner for the American Culinary Federation. Dr. Wise has been an active volunteer with ACCSC, previously serving as an Education Specialist, Public Commissioner and Vice-Chair of the Commission. Dr. Wise earned a BS, M.Ed., and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.

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