University of Phoenix Names Meredith Curley, Ed.D., as University Provost
PHOENIX, March 31, 2015 (7 AM PDT) – University of Phoenix today announced the appointment of Meredith Curley, Ed.D., as Provost, effective immediately. Dr. Curley, who has been serving as the University’s interim Provost and previously as the Executive Dean of the College of Education, will be charged with amplifying the University’s high-quality, rigorous and career-relevant academic programs, while spurring innovation to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers.
“I’m thrilled that Meredith is taking the permanent role of University Provost,” said Timothy P. Slottow, University of Phoenix President. “She has consistently lived up to our aspirational vision of becoming the most trusted provider of career-relevant higher education for working adults. Her focus is to ensure we build an institution prepared to serve the next generation of adult learners through our deep understanding of students’ and employers’ needs, world-class assessment, innovation and academic excellence."
“I am very grateful that the University has entrusted me with this important role,” said Dr. Curley. “The University has a rich legacy of delivering career-relevant higher education that changes the lives of working adult students, their families and future generations. I look forward to our continued improvements, renewed culture and shared understanding with faculty and academic leaders of the important role University of Phoenix plays in U.S. higher education.”
From the Office of the Provost, Dr. Curley will lead a team of academic leaders and more than 20,000 faculty practitioners with applied experience in the disciplines they teach. The office defines student learning outcomes that align with what employers expect, and with what students should know to improve their performance in today’s competitive economy.
A key member of the University’s leadership team, Dr. Curley will serve as the chief academic officer responsible for further developing and fulfilling the University’s academic mission. She will lead executive deans, academic deans, and faculty at the nine colleges and schools that comprise the University. Dr. Curley will provide leadership for assessment of student learning, data analytics, instructional innovation, faculty engagement, student experience, and institutional reporting.
In her 21st year with University of Phoenix, Dr. Curley is known for her active involvement at the state and national levels in efforts to improve educator preparation. She has participated in the federal Teacher Preparation Negotiated Rule Making Committee and the Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium to create the Model Teacher Leadership Standards. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the National Association of State Directors of Teachers Education and Certification (NASDTEC). She holds a doctorate in higher education leadership from Argosy University, where she focused her research on accreditation and accountability. Dr. Curley also earned a master’s degree in business administration from University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arizona. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.
ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.