Formal Announcement of Dr. Clinton Gardner, new President and CEO of University of the Potomac

May 24, 2013

The University of the PotomacBoard of Trustees announces the selection of Dr. Clinton Gardner as the new CEO/President/Provost of University of the Potomac. Since 1985, Dr. Gardner has been an impressive leader in the higher education community.

Dr. Gardner arrives at University of the Potomacafter serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Northcentral University (NCU) in Prescott Valley Arizona. During Dr. Gardner’s tenure, Northcentral doubled its enrollment and increased academic quality leading to higher student graduation outcomes. Dr. Gardner’s leadership resulted in Northcentral gaining positive accreditation outcomes from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Prior to his time at Northcentral, Dr. Gardner spent five years as President and Provost of Argosy University-Phoenix Campus, a division of Education Management Corporation. Dr. Gardner’s tenure at Argosy University resulted in significant enrollment growth, new academic program offerings in business, education and psychology, and accreditation approval from the American Psychological Association (APA) for the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Gardner earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, with undergraduate and graduate studies in economics, from Michigan State University. Dr. Gardner has held numerous senior level and executive leadership positions at Michigan State University and Olivet College. During his tenure in higher education, Dr. Gardner has held positions as University President and CEO, University Provost, Senior Vice President for Management, Chief Operating Officer, Vice President for Finance and Administration, and Vice President for Enrollment Management.

Dr. Gardner is the past President and Board member of the Arizona Private School Association, serves as a Consultant/Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and has membership in numerous professional organizations and associations.

In addition to his extensive background in administration, Dr. Gardner has taught undergraduate economics and graduate courses in business and education. He has also served on doctoral dissertation committees for students in business and education programs.

The University of the Potomaccommunity is indeed excited to welcome Dr. Gardner and we look forward to his academic and professional leadership.



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