LENEXA, KS--(Marketwired - Aug 15, 2014) - Grantham University announced today that its president, Joseph McGrath, rejoins Grantham Education Corporation (GEC), the financial sponsor of Grantham University, to advise and oversee the development of external opportunities including international and other strategic initiatives.
Mr. Stephen Waldron has been selected to serve as Grantham University's chief operating officer as Mr. McGrath steps into his new role. Mr. Waldron will be responsible for day-to-day operations. Mr. Waldron came to Grantham from the United States Marine Corps, retiring with the rank of Colonel after 27 years of service. While in the Marine Corps, he held several command, staff and judge advocate positions, deploying to various combat zones on three occasions. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy, a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from Marine Corps University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Michigan State University.
"The Board of Governors of Grantham University worked in collaboration with the Board of Directors of GEC in the selection of Mr. McGrath," said Dr. Herbert London, chairman of Grantham University's Board of Governors. "Joe's success leading Grantham University combined with his knowledge of higher education and his business acumen made him the perfect candidate to support continual improvement of the institution through new opportunities and strategic initiatives."
Mr. McGrath was selected President of Grantham University in October 2011. During his tenure, Mr. McGrath focused Grantham University on enhancing student success and support through increased faculty, student-centric support methods, new programs, and partnering with other intuitions of higher education. Prior to his selection as president, Mr. McGrath spent nine years with GEC serving in a variety of capacities, including chief financial officer.
Before joining Grantham, Mr. McGrath served in Switzerland as the chief financial and administrative officer for a collection of private schools in Europe and spent 25 years in commercial and corporate banking. Mr. McGrath, a U.S. Army veteran, served as an officer at the NATO Headquarters LANDSOUTHEAST in Izmir, Turkey, and as an officer at the Third Regional Assistance Command (TRAC) in South Vietnam. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard College and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Southern California.
Grantham University was founded in 1951 by a veteran for veterans -- "Serving Those Who Serve®". Founder Donald Grantham's empowering vision and mission was to give veterans the opportunity to further their careers and create a better life for their families through continuing education. Over 63 years later, Grantham University offers accredited 100% online degrees and certificates in a variety of fields including business, computer science, criminal justice, engineering technology, cybersecurity, and nursing. Today, Grantham University educates and supports approximately 22,000 adult working students. To learn more, visit: http://www.grantham.edu/online-college-degrees/.
About Grantham University:
Established in 1951, Grantham University specializes in accredited online associate, bachelors and masters degrees, as well as certificate programs. Grantham's program offerings include: Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cybersecurity Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Continuously accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record spanning six decades. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).