Minneapolis—April 15, 2010— Walden University has announced that David Clinefelter, PhD, has been named its new chief academic officer.

“We look forward to the leadership that Dr. Clinefelter will bring to Walden, especially as we celebrate 40 years of effecting positive social change. We are excited to have him join us in continuing to bring our mission to life,” said Jonathan Kaplan, president of Walden University.

Dr. Clinefelter has more than 25 years of experience as an educational leader at the university and K–12 levels at various institutions where he was responsible for academic administration, strategic planning, curriculum and faculty development, finance, board and public relations and student services. Most recently, Dr. Clinefelter served as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kaplan University.

Prior to joining Kaplan, Dr. Clinefelter served as the president of Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, from 1997 through 2002, where he led its transition from a college into a university with the addition of graduate-level programs. Dr. Clinefelter also served as the vice president for academic affairs at Graceland from 1991 through 1997. Before that, he served as superintendent for Lamoni Community School for nine years and as the principal of Jonathan Alder Local Schools in Plain City, Ohio.

Dr. Clinefelter holds both a PhD in curriculum and teacher education and an MA in curriculum and instruction from The Ohio State University.

About Walden University
For 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 40,500 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of more than 50 online and campus-based universities in 21 countries.

Walden offers more than 40 degree programs with more than 180 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration, technology and engineering. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.hlcommission.org.

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