National American University Holdings, Inc. (the “ Company”) (NASDAQ: NAUH), which through its wholly owned subsidiary operates National American University (“ NAU” or the “ University”), a regionally accredited, proprietary, multi-campus institution of higher learning, today announced that Dr. Terry O’Banion will join NAU on a full-time basis as Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Graduate Faculty, effective November 1, 2012.
Dr. O’Banion will play a key role in the Company’s expansion efforts of its graduate programs, which will be led by Dr. John E. Roueche, President of the Roueche Graduate Center at NAU. Dr. O’Banion will also continue to be instrumental in strengthening partnerships between community colleges and the University in his role as Chair of NAU’s Community College Advisory Board.
Dr. O’Banion served as President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College (the “League”) for 23 years until 1999. Under his leadership, the League became an international organization serving over 700 colleges recognized by Change magazine in 1998 as “the most dynamic organization in the community college world.” Since 1999, Dr. O’Banion has continued to serve as the League’s President Emeritus and Senior League Fellow. He has also served as Senior Advisor of Programs in Higher Education at Walden University.
As a distinguished authority on the topic of community colleges and a seasoned leader in research on teaching and learning and faculty development, Dr. O’Banion has consulted with more than 800 community colleges in the U.S. and Canada and is the author of 14 books and over 170 monographs, chapters, and articles.Ronald L. Shape, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, “We are excited to welcome Dr. O’Banion to our graduate school leadership team and look forward to working with him on further developing NAU’s relationships with community colleges, as well as assisting in the development of graduate programming. We believe his dedication to and years of experience in teaching and research in higher education will prove invaluable to all of our initiatives.”