Meet our Commissioners

Below are the commissioners that currently serve on the Board of Directors. For more information on the responsibilities of the Board of Directors, please see the Bylaws section of the Accreditation Criteria.

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. 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. 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 – AP

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
Member, Board of Directors
American Higher Education Development Corporation
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
Talent Management & Leadership Development
Montgomery County Community College
Phone: 301.467.0893
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
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Charter College CampusCare
750 Sandhill Road, Suite 100
Reno, NV 89521
Phone:  775.525.2111
Cell:     775.560.5180
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

Mr. Miguel Angel Rivera
Dewey University
427 Barbosa Avenue
Hato Rey, PR 00910
Phone: 787.753.0039; Fax:     787.764.6303
M.A., Sociology, The American University, Washington, D.C.
M.A., Criminal Justice, Inter-American University, San Juan, Puerto Rico
B.A., Political Science, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Term expires 2018 – EM

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

Albert C. Gray, Ph.D, President and Chief Executive Officer
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
750 First Street, NE, Suite 980
Washington, DC  20002-4241
Phone: 202.336.6778
Fax: 202.842.2593
B.S., Civil Engineering Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.Eng, Environmental Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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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