Throughout his career in education, Dr. Swenson has adhered to a “student first” philosophy. His insights and experience with adult learners across North America have proven successful as he has maintained high standards of academic excellence while managing fast-growing organizations.
“For many years, I have personally shared Argosy University's goals of improving academic quality in higher education while at the same time exploring new avenues of educational access for students,” says Dr. Swenson.
Prior to joining Argosy University, Dr. Swenson served as provost and vice president of academic affairs for Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also has held the position of provost and senior vice president for academic affairs for the University of Phoenix system, originally joining that organization as a practitioner-faculty member while serving as a vice president and director of marketing at First Interstate Bank. Dr. Swenson serves on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), advising the U.S. Secretary of Education on matters related to accreditation and to the eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education.
He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism/Mass Communication from the University of Utah; a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Communication from Brigham Young University; and, a PhD in Education/Adult and Organizational Learning from Walden University.
He is a member of the U.S. Army Education Advisory Committee and a consultant/evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Dr. Swenson is a former non-federal negotiator for the U.S. Department of Education Negotiated Rulemaking Committee and has been a member of the U.S. Army Distance Education and Training Subcommittee for Accreditation. He has published frequently in the areas of higher education, organizational management, distance education, and faculty development.
Dr. Swenson has provided consulting services for such organizations as American Express, American Association of Retired Persons, and GE Capital Assurance.