Dr. Cynthia G. Baum is President of Walden University. She assumed her position after serving as Vice President of the College of Health Sciences and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and, most recently, as Executive Vice President of Walden, a position in which she provided day-to-day operational leadership and oversight for all five colleges within the university. As president, Dr. Baum is committed to finding new ways to fulfill Walden’s social change mission and to support student success.
Dr. Baum came to Walden with more than 20 years of leadership experience in postsecondary education. She was Regional Vice President for Kaplan Higher Education Corporation, where she had operational responsibility for seven Kaplan campuses. Prior to that, she managed operational oversight for several of The Art Institutes schools and Argosy University, Washington, D.C., for Education Management Corporation (EDMC). During her time with EDMC, she also served as Argosy University Vice President of National Partnerships and Clinical Education as well as campus president of both Argosy University and The Art Institute of Washington. Dr. Baum also held full-time faculty appointments with Virginia Tech and The Catholic University of America.
In addition, Dr. Baum has held leadership positions in several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP), and the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, where she served as president. Dr. Baum has published and presented to numerous professional organizations on diverse topics in psychology and has been recognized for her work in psychology education. Her honors include a Presidential Citation from the APA, the Advocacy Award from the Association for the Advancement of Psychology, and recognitions from STP and the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools.
Dr. Baum holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia.