National American University Holdings, Inc. (the “ Company”) (NASDAQ: NAUH), which through its wholly owned subsidiary operates National American University (“NAU”), a regionally accredited, proprietary, multi-campus institution of higher learning, today announced the development of the Roueche Graduate Center.
The Roueche Graduate Center will be located in Austin, Texas, and will house the university’s Harold D. Buckingham Graduate School. The location of the graduate center will be separate from the university’s three other locations and will mark the Company’s fourth site in the Austin area. Currently the university offers the following graduate degrees: Master of Business Administration, Master of Management, and Master of Science in Nursing. The university is in the process of pursuing additional graduate programming, including potential doctoral programs.
The Roueche Graduate Center will be led by Dr. John E. Roueche, who will retire from his position as Director of the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) and Sid W. Richardson Regents Chair at The University of Texas at Austin to join National American University (NAU). He will begin his role as President of the Roueche Graduate Center effective July 1, 2012.
“NAU remains committed to offering quality academic programming at the graduate level, and the development of the Roueche Graduate Center will allow us to continue to do so as well as pursue additional graduate opportunities,” said Dr. Ronald Shape, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. “To have Dr. Roueche, who is well known in graduate education, lead our efforts is an excellent opportunity for the university. I look forward to seeing more students graduate and succeed under his leadership in our existing master’s programs as well as in our future developing graduate programs.”Dr. Roueche currently chairs NAU’s Community College Advisory Board, which serves as an advisory and decision-making group on matters related to the university’s academic programs, services and initiatives related to community and technical colleges. Dr. Roueche joins NAU after 42 years as Director of CCLP, a program that has earned the reputation of preparing more community college chancellors, presidents, vice presidents, and administrators than any other program in the country. He also is “father” to the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), which convenes the annual International Conference on Teaching & Learning Excellence. NISOD has been serving, engaging, and inspiring higher education faculty, staff and administrators for more than three decades – providing professional development opportunities and experiences to community and technical colleges in the U.S. and abroad.