Recent events rocked higher ed including fraud rings, closures, consolidations, and dissolved ethics. Has the value of higher education changed as a result? Has traditional higher education been resisting change for years? Hear Dr. Lynn Priddy, Chris Onan, and Josh Dorsey discuss the state of higher ed today from personal and professional points of view.

 

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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.
 

Guests

Chris Onan

Chris has invested in over 250 early / growth stage businesses. He currently sits on the board of directors of Foodmaven, Vinyl Me Please, and Software Colorado. He is a co-founder and former COO/CFO at Galvanize where he raised over $85 million of capital to support Galvanize’s growth and expansion from a concept to eight campuses with locations including San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Denver, Boulder, Phoenix and Austin. Over 5,000 students have completed Galvanize’s software developer and data science training programs. Chris is also an investor in Bullet Time Ventures (Uber, Sendgrid, Twilio, Simply Measured). Chris speaks often about entrepreneurial finance at both Denver University’s Daniels College of Business and the Leeds College of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a current board member and the former President and Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association, and a co-founder of the Associates Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado.

 

Josh Dorsey

Josh Dorsey is a managing director at Silicon Valley Bank. He leads an experienced team providing innovative financial services to companies in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. Josh engages with CEOs, CFOs, and general partners to understand their goals and needs, then designs a suite of products and solutions to help their companies scale and grow. From optimizing capital structures with debt instruments to streamlining payments flows, Josh and his team are prepared to support the needs of their clients. For the past four years, Josh led SVB’s Hardware & Frontier Tech team in Northern California, working with entrepreneurs in the transportation, robotics, IoT, aerospace, virtual reality, augmented reality, consumer electronics, and semiconductor industries. He also brings experience from various roles at SVB, including the private equity services team. He earned his bachelor’s in finance at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

 

Lynn Priddy, Ph.D.

Dr. Lynn Priddy is currently the Provost and Chief Academic Officer of National American University. Previous to her current role, she was Vice President for Accreditation Services at The Higher Learning Commission for 14 years. There she also served in the roles of Director of Education and Training and Peer Review as well as Assistant Director of the Peer Corps and Support Processes. Prior to that Dr. Priddy was Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, then Vice President of Planning, Evaluation, and Improvement, for Nicolet College, where she received the Board Award for outstanding service. She has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Capella University; an MA in English and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where she was named Young Researcher of the Year; and a BA in English from the State University of New York. She consults nationally and internationally with institutional and accrediting organizations on the urgency of quality, innovation, and change in higher education.