Meet our Leadership
Peter Cohen is the eighth president of University of Phoenix. He previously served as Executive Vice President of McGraw-Hill Education. He holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Redlands.
Meredith Curley is the provost of University of Phoenix. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from University of Arizona, her MBA and secondary teaching certificate from University of Phoenix and an Ed.D. in higher education leadership from Argosy University.
Joan Blackwood is the SVP, Chief Marketing Officer for University of Phoenix where she oversees all aspects of the University brand. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University and has over 25 years of marketing experience, working as CMO for Monster.com, 1800CONTACTS and Glasses.com. Most recently, she has served as the first CMO for ZUMBA, LLC a global fitness and entertainment brand.
Byron Jones is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for University of Phoenix. In this role he overseas and directs finance functions for the University. Byron earned an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Tuskegee University. He has over 25 years of finance experience for industries ranging from airlines to technology.
Cheryl Naumann is the chief human resources officer of University of Phoenix. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Sherri Ondrus is the chief of staff for University of Phoenix. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Baldwin-Wallace University in Ohio and her MA and PhD in social psychology from the University of Toledo. She is a certified executive coach through the International Coach Federation.
Joanna Acocella is a vice president of external affairs, communications, and government relations at Apollo Education Group, Inc. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in British history from the University of Chicago and a JD from the University of Notre Dame.
Dan Litteral is vice president and deputy general counsel at Apollo Education Group, Inc. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Wake Forest University and a JD from the University of North Dakota School of Law. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as an officer.
Mike Sajor is chief information officer at Apollo Education Group, Inc. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Monmouth University and a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University.
Raghu Krishnaiah is the chief operating officer of University of Phoenix. He earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Andy Drotos is the executive dean of the College of Education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in adult continuing education, both from University of Phoenix, and a doctorate degree in higher education leadership from Northcentral University.
Ruth Veloria is the executive dean of the School of Business. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from University of Oxford in the U.K., and a master’s degree in marketing and finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Constance St. Germain is the executive dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences, the College of Social Sciences and co-interim dean of Security and Criminal Justice. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from George Mason University, a JD from University of Baltimore School of Law and an Ed.D. in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University. She is a veteran of the U.S. Army where she served as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
Hinrich Eylers is the executive dean of the School of Advanced Studies. He holds an engineering physics degree from Technische Universität München, an MBA from the Keller School of Management at DeVry University, and both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in environmental engineering sciences from the California Institute of Technology.
Dennis Bonilla is the executive dean of the College of Information Systems and Technology. He holds a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering technology and biology from University of the State of New York, and an MBA in operations analysis from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Doris Savron is the Executive Dean of the University of Phoenix College of Health Professions. She holds an MBA from Cleveland State University and is completing her doctorate of management in organizational leadership.