the university of arizona global campus leadership

Craig Swenson, university president

craig d. swenson, ph.d.

university president

dr. craig swenson was named president of the university of arizona global campus (uagc) by the uagc board of directors in december 2020.

dr. swenson is a recognized leader in adult and distance education, having spent more than 30 years teaching and leading in adult-serving universities that pioneers in online and competency-based instruction.

dr. swenson served as president of ashford university from may 2016 until his appointment at uagc. prior to that he was chancellor of the argosy university system and also as interim president of university of the rockies. additionally, he was provost of the university of phoenix system and later held the same post at western governors university.

dr. swenson is a past member of the national advisory committee on institutional quality and integrity (naciqi), the body that advises u.s. secretaries of education on issues related to accreditation and quality. he served as a member of the board of directors of the council for higher education accreditation (chea), as well as the advisory board for the chea international quality initiative.

additionally, he served as a member of the u.s. army education advisory committee and on the jacob k. javits program fellowship board at the u.s. department of education.

dr. swenson earned a ph.d. in education from walden university. he holds a master’s degree in organizational communication from brigham young university, and a baccalaureate degree in journalism and mass communication from the university of utah.

he is active as a peer reviewer and accreditation team chair for the commission on senior colleges of the western association of schools and colleges (wscuc).


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