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Walden University Leadership

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Upholding our university mission and our dedication to supporting adult learners.

University Leadership

Dr. Ward Ulmer

Dr. Ward Ulmer, President

"I earned my PhD at Walden in 2004 while helping raise a family and working fulltime.  It's an honor to pay it forward for our diverse community by championing innovative programs and our social change mission."

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Dr. Sue Subocz

Dr. Sue Subocz, Provost and Chief Academic Officer

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College and School Leadership

The teams in our colleges and schools deliver programs at the leading edge of their disciplines.

The Richard W. Riley College of Education & Leadership
Marilyn Powell, PhD
Vice Provost

School of Higher Education, Leadership and Policy
Kelley Costner, EdD

School of Education and Professional Licensure
Kelley Costner, EdD

College of Health Sciences
Dr. Andrea Lindell, PhD
Vice Provost

School of Health Sciences
Jorg Westermann, PhD, MA, Dipl Oec. Univ.

College of Management and Technology
Marilyn Powell, PhD
Vice Provost

School of Technology and Applied Science
Karlyn Barilovits, PhD

School of Management
Karlyn Barilovits, PhD

College of Nursing
Dr. Andrea Lindell, PhD
Vice Provost

George Zangaro, PhD, RN, FAAN

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Savitri Dixon-Saxon, PhD
Vice Provost

School of Counseling
William Barkley, PhD

School of Human Services
William Barkley, PhD

School of Criminal Justice
Shanna Garrett, PhD

School of Psychology
Shanna Garrett, PhD

School of Public Policy and Administration
Shanna Garrett, PhD

Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Lisa Moon, PhD

Center and Office Leadership

Our centers and offices are deeply committed to providing innovative, student-centered services to support your success.

Center for Academic Excellence
Susanna L. Davidsen, AMLS

Center for Competency-Based Education
Barry H. Sugarman, PhD

Center for Degree Acceleration
Dana Ague, EdD
Associate Director

Center for Faculty Excellence
Annie Morgan, PhD
Associate Dean

Center for General Education
Sara Makris, PhD
Associate Dean

Center for Research Quality
Laura Lynn, PhD
Director of Research and Executive Director


Center for Social Change
William Schulz, PhD

Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

Jim Lenio, PhD
Executive Director

Office of Student Experiential Learning Resources
Mary Raeker-Rebek, PhD
Executive Director

Product Strategy, Innovation and Design
Kathy Strang, PhD

Chief Diversity Officer
Ivanie Bronson

Board of Directors

The vision and leadership of our Board of Directors makes Walden a thriving and distinctive learning community.

Paula Singer, LHD (Honorary)
Board Chair
Chief Executive Officer of Walden and Laureate
Online Partners

Sean R. Creamer
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Merkle, Inc.

Donna M. Dorsey
Principal, Dorsey & Associates Consulting

Dr. William G. Durden

Chief Global Engagement Officer, International
University AllianceMexico; President Emeritus, Dickinson College;Joint Appointment Professor (Research)
School of Education, Johns Hopkins University

Toni L. Freeman
Executive Vice President, Arts & Science Council


Dr. Charles O. Heller
President, Annapolis Capital Group

John E. Kobara

Executive Vice President and Chief Operation
Officer, California Community Foundation

Dr. Anita McDonald
Chancellor Emerita, Penn State DuBois

Lee McGee
Business Acquisition and Exit Planning Consultant
Restructure Holdings, Inc.

Dr. Estanilado Y. Paz

Executive Director, Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents

Dr. Barbara Solomon
Professor and Vice Provost Emerita, University of Southern California