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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Raghu Krishnaiah is the chief operating officer of University of Phoenix. He earned both a BS and an MS degree 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.

Chris Lynne is the chief financial officer for University of Phoenix. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Purdue University and a Master of Business Administration from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago.

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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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Jamie Smith is the chief information officer for University of Phoenix. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Iowa State University and has served as a board member for Junior Achievement and the Memphis IT Council.

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