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.

Mr. John D. Euliano, Chair
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 2015 - REM 

Dr. Lawrence Leak, Chair-Elect
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

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 - AM

Mr. William L. Atkinson
Campus President
Medtech Institute
1900 N. Alafaya Trail, Suite 100
Orlando, FL 32826
Phone: 407.691.3391
E-mail (Primary): 
E-mail: (Secondary): 
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Term expires 2018 - RAAM 

Dr. Seth Balogh
Chief Academic Officer/Compliance & Regulatory Affairs
Bryan University
237 S. Florence Ave., Springfield, MO 65806
Phone: 417.862.0098
Ph.D., Biobehavioral Science, University of Connecticut
M.S., Biobehavioral Science, University of Connecticut
B.S., Biology/Psychology, Baldwin-Wallace University
Term expires 2018 – AM  

Ms. Linda Blair
Dean and Chief Academic Officer
Spencerian College
4627 Dixie Highway
P.O. Box 16418
Louisville, KY  40216
Phone: 502.449.7811
M.Ed., Spalding University
B.S., Nursing, Spalding University
Term expires 2015 – 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   

 Ms. Jeanne Herrmann
Chief Operating Officer
Globe University/Minnesota School of Business
8089 Globe Drive
Woodbury, MN  55125
Phone: 651.332.8012
M.B.A., Entrepreneurship, Globe University/Minnesota School of Business
B.A., Psychology, Hamline University
Term expires 2015 – AM

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 2015 - AM

Ms. LaShondra Peebles, J.D.
Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer
School Policy, Accreditation, and Compliance Division
Kyle Law Group
1775 St James Place, Suite 130
Houston, TX 77056
Ph.D., (In Progress, May 2015), University of Illinois
J.D., Law, University of Illinois
M.Ed., Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois
Term expires 2017 - AP, RAAM

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. 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
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