Meet our Commissioners

Below are the commissioners that currently serve on the Board of Directors. To contact any of the commissioners, e-mail  For more information on the roles and responsibilities of

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

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
B.A., Dickinson College
M.B.A., The George Washington University
J.D., The George Washington University
Term expires 2018 - RAAM  

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

Dr. Lawrence Leak*
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. John D. Euliano*
Member, Board of Directors
American Higher Education Development Corporation
M.S. Computer Information Sciences – Nova Southeastern University 
Ed.S. Computer Information Sciences – Nova Southeastern University 
Term expires 2017 - REM

Mr. Richard Bennett

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

Dr. Fardad Fateri 
President & CEO
16485 Laguna Canyon Road, Suite 300
Irvine, CA 92618
Ph.D., Leadership & Behavior, Alliant International University
Term expires 2020 - EM

Ms. Elizabeth M. Guinan
Former Title: President
Former Affiliation: The Art Institute of Charlotte
B.A., History, Queens College
Term expires 2022 - AP

Dr. Adriene K. Hobdy
Talent Management & Leadership Development
Montgomery County Community College
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
Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of Phoenix
M.A., Management, Webster University
B.S., Business, Excelsior College
Term expires 2019 – EM 

Ms. Tibby Loveman
Nurse Educator and Medical Assistant Instructor (Retired)
BSN., University of Alabama School of Nursing
Term expires 2019 - RAM

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

Dr. Edward G. Thomas 
Cleveland State University
Professor of Marketing, Emeritus
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
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

Dr. Judee A. Timm 
Business/International Business Professor
Monterey Peninsula College
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
Term expires 2022 – AP

Mr. Roger J. Williams  
Interim President
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
750 First Street, NE, Suite 980
Washington, DC 20002-4241
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland
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