DAVENPORT, Iowa--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, today announced the appointment of Geri H. Malandra, Ph.D., as its provost.
“Her years of experience with some of the nation’s policy makers and largest university systems will serve us well as we grow throughout the next decade and beyond.”
In her role, Malandra will lead the academic affairs at Kaplan University to ensure educational quality and effectiveness across the institution. She will serve as a representative of the university’s academic efforts and provide leadership on accreditation, instruction, faculty, curriculum, program development, assessment and other key areas of academic affairs.
“Dr. Malandra’s experience is a perfect fit for Kaplan University at this time in our history,” said Wade Dyke, D.Phil., president of Kaplan University. “Her years of experience with some of the nation’s policy makers and largest university systems will serve us well as we grow throughout the next decade and beyond.”
Malandra joins Kaplan University with a wealth of experience, including recently serving as senior vice president for Leadership, Membership, and Policy Research at the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C. Malandra also served as vice chancellor for Strategic Management for the 15-campus University of Texas system. As vice chancellor, she led the development of the system's 10-year strategic plan, its first comprehensive accountability and performance reports, and a system-wide academic leadership institute. She also served as executive vice chancellor ad interim for academic affairs, overseeing the work of the nine universities in the University of Texas system.
Prior to her positions in Texas, Malandra worked at the University of Minnesota, where she held positions focused on faculty and research development, accountability and organizational improvement. As associate vice provost there, she led the development of Minnesota's first comprehensive accountability reporting system, as well as policy initiatives and legislative reports on issues related to accountability, accreditation, academic program reviews and planning issues.
Most recently, she founded and was principal of Malandra Consulting LLC, which assisted higher education leaders in developing and implementing outcomes-focused management, accountability and policy initiatives.
“As Kaplan University’s provost, my charge is to ensure that the academic quality for every single individual enrolled is the very best it can be,” Malandra said. “I will work with the faculty and administrators to foster a broad, engaging and transforming experience for our students.”
Malandra will be based in Chicago and will report to President Dyke. She succeeds former provost David Clinefelter, Ph.D., who left the University earlier this year.
Malandra has served in a variety of public service roles as well. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings appointed her to serve as a member and vice chair of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). NACIQI is an advisory committee that advises the secretary on matters related to accreditation and to the eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education.
Malandra holds a doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College.
About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University has more than 125 academic programs and offerings, and serves more than 75,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 12 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.
Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education, which serves more than 112,000 students online and through more than 70 campus-based schools across the United States and abroad. Kaplan Higher Education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan Higher Education is part of Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan, Inc. is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO), and its largest and fastest-growing division. For more information about Kaplan University, visit www.kaplanuniversity.edu.