Episode Host

Joe Sallustio

Joe Sallustio

Joe Sallustio is the Chief Operations Officer with Claremont Lincoln University (CLU). CLU is a regionally accredited, non-profit, 100% online university offering socially conscious Masters degrees to students engaging in positive social change. As COO, Joe works diligently to broadcast the mission of CLU, which is to treat others as you would like to be treated (the Golden Rule), and to champion the skills of mindfulness, dialogue, collaboration, and change and their relevance for the 21st-century leadership workforce. Prior to his role at CLU, Joe worked for 15 years in the for-profit college and university sector with institutions that offered a certificate to doctoral level educational options. Joe has expertise working with both nationally accredited and regionally accredited institutions. Joe earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communications from the State University of New York College at Oneonta, a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Regis University, and is currently pursuing his Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership at Northcentral University. Joe has a deep passion for higher education and consistently challenges traditionalism.


Travis Allen

Travis Allen became President and Chief Executive Officer of Trident University effective June 16, 2015. Mr. Allen has 18 years’ experience in higher education. Over those 18 years, he worked across and led student finance, student services, admissions, marketing, and general administration in different types of universities within the United States and Australia. He led and directed new campus start-ups, a large mature multi-campus turn-around, launched an online division, and retooled a large online division around student success. Travis holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing and a Master of Business Administration, eBusiness from the University of Phoenix.


Michael Horowitz, Ph.D.

With a 30-year career as an innovator in higher education, Dr. Horowitz is a nationally recognized strategic leader. Having served numerous roles as a faculty member, administrator, and entrepreneur, he was inspired in 2009 to forge a new path in higher education that leads to improved student outcomes and better communities around the world. As a result, he founded TCS – a nonprofit system advancing student success and community impact. The colleges and universities within TCS include The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School, Dallas Nursing Institute, The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, and Saybrook University – each offering an array of national on-ground and online programs. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University and volunteers his expertise to the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) as Chair of accreditation visit teams.