DENVER, Colo., (February
13, 2012) — Jones
International University® (JIU®) is pleased to announce that Marijane Axtell Paulsen, Ph.D has been
appointed as the University’s Chief Academic Officer, effective immediately. In this role, Dr.
Paulsen will be responsible for leading and managing the entire range of
academic activities for JIU including oversight of the University’s curriculum,
instruction, assessment of student learning, service and compliance to ensure
teaching excellence and fulfillment of the University’s vision and mission.
role of Chief Academic Officer is crucial to the continued success and growth
of our academic programs,” stated University President Richard Cox. “I am
excited to work with Dr. Paulsen as we expand our academic breadth and depth to
bring JIU to the leading edge of the online education world.”
to joining JIU, Dr. Paulsen held a number of academic leadership roles for both
universities and community colleges where she had the opportunity to lead her
institutions through explosive growth periods. Recently Dr. Paulsen held
the role of CEO and President of Colorado Technical University, and prior to this
appointment she served on the CTU Board of Trustees. Before joining Colorado
Technical University, she served eleven years as President of Pikes Peak
Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Under her leadership, Pikes Peak Community
College grew from a single campus operation to three full-service operations.
Paulsen has also served on numerous committees and boards including Chair of
the Board of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, and as board
member of the Economic Development Corporation, the Colorado Springs Action
Network, and District 11’s Edison (Charter) School. Nationally, she served as the community
college representative to the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) board,
and served as president of that organization.
In 2007 she was selected to serve on the Memorial Hospital Board and in
2009 was named a consultant for the Front Range Executive Service Corps (FRESC),
a program of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. In addition, Dr. Paulsen acts
as a consultant and evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association.
am committed to the value of higher learning for students and the communities
they will live in,” stated Dr. Paulsen.
“Along with my fellow academics at JIU, I look forward to inspiring and
motivating students across the globe to use education as a change agent in
Paulsen holds a BS from AZ State in Zoology, an MS from Whittier College in
Biology, and a Ph.D in Higher Education with a focus on Environmental Science
from University of Southern California.
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