Ashford University's board of trustees said Monday that Dr. Craig Swenson will become the school's next president on May 1.
Swenson will be replacing President Richard Pattenaude, who will be assuming the position of president emertitus at Ashford. Pattenaude will be working with Swenson during the transition.
Swenson, interim president at the University of the Rockies in Denver, has held a number of other positions in leadership, including the role of chancellor emeritus and professor at Argosy University, chief academic officer of Education Management Corporation and chancellor of Argosy System .
Swenson studied journalism and mass communications at the University of Utah, where he earned his bachelor's degree, and afterward attended Brigham Young University, where he earned his master's degree in organizational communication. He earned a doctorate in education, with a focus in adult and organizational learning, at Walden University.
"We are thankful for Dr. Pattenaude’s guidance over the past four years and look forward to Dr. Swenson’s contributions to Ashford’s academic quality and student success,"
Ashford University Chairman Gregory Geoffroy