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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Byron Jones is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for University of Phoenix. In this role he oversees 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.

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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.

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Dan Litteral is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for University of Phoenix. 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.

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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.

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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.

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Ruth Veloria is the chief strategy and customer officer for University of Phoenix. 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.

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John Woods, Ph.D. is the chief academic officer and provost for University of Phoenix. He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University, as well as a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University, and has served as a peer evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission.