Meet our Commissioners

Below are the commissioners that currently serve on the Board of Directors. For more information on the roles and responsibilities of

Dr. Lawrence Leak, Chair
Former Title: Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer (Retired)
Previous Affiliation: University of Maryland University College
Ph.D., University of Maryland
M.Ed., University of Maryland
B.A., St. Mary's College of Maryland
Term expires 2019 - AP

Mr. Richard Bennett
Sr. Vice President of Financial Aid
Southern Technical College
11883 High Tech Avenue
Orlando, FL 32817
Phone: 407.757.1376
BS Finance, University of Central Florida
Term expires 2020 – AM

Ms. Julie Blake
Vice President, Operations
Eagle Gate College Group
405 S. Main Street, Suite 130
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: 801.333.7157
M.S., Management, Cardinal Stritch University
B.A., Psychology, University of St. Thomas
Term expires 2018 – EM

Ms. Michelle Edwards
Dean of Academics
Delta School of Business & Technology
517 Broad Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: 337.439.5765; Fax: 337.436.5151
M.B.A., Saint Leo University
B.A., Business Administration/Management, Saint Leo University
Term expires 2019 – AM

Mr. John D. Euliano
Ed.S., Computing Technology in Education, Nova Southeastern University
M.S., Computing Technology in Education, Nova Southeastern University
B.A., Applied Organizational Management, Warner Southern College
Term expires 2017 - RAM 

Dr. Fardad Fateri
President, CEO & Board Director
International Education Corporation
16485 Laguna Canyon Road, Suite 300
Irvine CA, 92618
Phone: 949.812.7710
B.A., Social Science, University of California, Irvine
M.A., Social Science, California State University, Fullerton
Ph.D., Leadership & Human Behavior, Alliant International University
Post Doc., Management and Leadership in Education, Harvard University

Term expires 2020 – EM

Mr. Jay Fund
Hunter Business School
3601 Hempstead Turnpike
Levittown, NY 11756
Phone: 516.796.1000
BS, Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
MSW, Social Work, Boston University, Boston Massachusetts
Term expires 2020 – EM

Dr. Adriene K. Hobdy
Ed.D., Higher Education Leadership & Innovation, Wilmington University (DE)
M.S., Business - Human Resources Management, The Lincoln University (PA)
M.S., Budget and Finance, The Lincoln University (PA)
B.A., Political Science, Xavier University of Louisiana
Term expires 2020 – AP

Dr. Deborah Jones
Cell:    602.751.4275
Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of Phoenix
M.A., Management, Webster University
B.S., Business, Excelsior College
Term expires 2019 – EM 

Mr. Luis Llerena
Executive Director
CBT College
8991 SW 107 Avenue, Suite 200
Miami, FL  33176
Phone: 786.693.8814
Ed.D., (Candidate), Nova Southeastern University
MBA, Nova Southeasten University
B.S., University of Miami
Term expires 2016 - AM

Dr. Rafael Ramirez-Rivera
Inter American University of Puerto Rico
Gran Vista 1
115 Paseo Street
Gurabo, PR 00778
Phone: 787.435.6565
Term expires 2017 -RAM

Dr. Ruth Shafer
Lindenwood University
Adjunct Professor, Master of Education and Administration Programs
Phone: 636.532.2320
Ph.D., Educational Administration, St. Louis University
Ed.S., Educational Administration, St. Louis University
M.Ed, Business Education, University of Missouri
B.E., Business Education, University of Missouri
Term expires 2016 - AP

Mr. Roger Swartzwelder, Chair-Elect
Executive Vice President, General Counsel,
and Chief Compliance Officer
Education Corporation of America
3660 Grandview Parkway, Suite 300
Birmingham, AL 35243
Phone: 205.329.7903
B.A., Dickinson College
M.B.A., The George Washington University
J.D., The George Washington University
Term expires 2018 - RAAM  

Dr. Edward G. Thomas, Treasurer
Cleveland State University
Professor of Marketing, Emeritus
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 216.687.4766
Ed.D, Business Education, University of Kentucky
M.A., Business Education, Western Kentucky University
B.S., Business Administration, Western Kentucky University
Term expires 2017 - AP


Mr. Anthony S. Bieda
Executive in Charge
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
750 First Street, NE, Suite 980
Washington, DC 20002-4241
Phone: 202.336.6781
Educational Background: B.A., University of Northern Colorado; M.B.A., Regis College of Denver
Ex officio





AP Appointed Public Member
AM Appointed ACICS-Accredited Member
EM Elected ACICS-Accredited Member
REM Replaced Elected ACICS - Accredited Member
RAAM Replaced Appointed ACICS-Accredited Member
RAM Replaced Appointed Public Member