Executive Director of Continuing Education and Off-Campus Programs
Paul is passionate about adult and extended education because he has lived it: His entire postsecondary education career—as student, educator, and administrator—has involved non-traditional education. Paul holds a special affinity for adult learners, as that is how he got started in pursuing his own college education. Paul earned his bachelor’s degree in management while on active duty with the U.S. Army at Ft. Benning, GA, attending classes far away from his home institution, Troy University in Alabama. With a growing young family, Paul went on to earn his MBA from the University of Rochester, and then many years later again became an adult learner when he pursued a doctorate in higher education leadership, while maintaining a full-time career in academia. Paul earned an EdD from the University of Delaware, where he focused on adult education, and his research interest pertained to online education. At all levels of Paul's postsecondary education, he experienced the challenges, and benefits, of being an adult learner.
Paul's involvement with adult learners has been just as substantial as an educator. As a full-time faculty member, and then as an administrator, Paul has taught in, developed, and/or led working adult learner evening programs on campus, as well as non-traditional programs at satellite locations away from the main campus, online, bachelor degree completion programs at community colleges, worksite locations, at two military installations, and non-credit community outreach programs.
Higher education is Paul's third career. He worked many years as a financial executive at a major corporation, and, for over 25 years Paul has been an entrepreneur, owning and operating a variety of small businesses in the retail sector.x