SOURCE: American College of Education

American College of Education

May 09, 2011 13:41 ET

UPDATE: American College of Education Names Sandra J. Doran President

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) - American College of Education has named Sandra J. Doran as its new president. Ms. Doran brings extensive academic and fiscal experience to the position, and embodies the ideals of learning and innovation that lie at the heart of the College's mission. Most recently, she served as chief of staff/vice president and general counsel at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, a position she held since 2004. Lesley is among the 10 largest master's degree programs in the United States, offering programs at its Cambridge and Boston campuses and at more than 150 sites in 26 states. While at Lesley, Ms. Doran's responsibilities included mergers and acquisitions, board development, strategic planning, facilities acquisitions, risk management, compliance, and financial growth.

Ms. Doran brings experience in distance learning as well. One of her academic and student initiatives was to expand the boundaries of the Cambridge campus to educate students in 26 states by meeting the needs of those in remote areas with online courses and academic partnerships. She co-chaired the Strategic Initiatives Council, which spearheaded the university's expansion, with three academic programs offered in multiple delivery systems.

"The presidency of American College of Education was attractive to me because of its mission and its focus," notes Ms. Doran. "My vision is to help build a comprehensive, affordable, high quality online environment where working teachers around the world can grow intellectually and advance their academic and classroom skills. Additionally, I wanted to lead a College that was on the cutting edge of online education."

Ms. Doran earned a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Southern Methodist University. She has completed a number of presidential leadership programs including the Council of Independent Colleges, Presidential Leadership Institute; Harvard Graduate School of Education, Institute for Educational Management; Harvard Business School, Finance for Senior Executives; and the Center for Creative Leadership, Advanced Leadership Program.

"Sandra brings exceptional operational and strategic leadership skills to our college and will help position us to deliver even more effective and affordable programming to our nation's teachers over the coming years," said Dr. Ken Craycraft, chairman of the board of American College of Education. Dr. Craycraft added, "We are confident she is the ideal person to lead the College in today's rapidly changing environment. Sandra's strong background in academics and business management will be a significant asset to our students and our faculty as the College continues to grow."

About American College of Education
American College of Education is solely dedicated to providing educators the most affordable, high-quality online master's degree programs in education. The College's vision is to dramatically improve student performance by enhancing the instructional effectiveness of teachers through transformative technology and innovative online learning. Based in Chicago, IL, American College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA). For more information, visit

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