PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 28, 2022–
George A. Burnett has been selected to lead the University of Phoenix as president, effective Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. Burnett will succeed Peter Cohen, who has served as president of the university since 2017. Cohen will become president emeritus, moving into an advisory role to the university’s board of trustees and senior management after nearly five years with the university.
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“I am delighted to have George succeed me at the helm of this great institution,” Cohen said. “He is the right leader at the right time in the continued evolution of the University of Phoenix as an institution highly focused and committed to helping working adults improve their careers and lives through education and development. developing the professional skills needed to succeed in today’s ever-changing workplace.”
Burnett joins the University of Phoenix at a pivotal time as the higher education landscape has changed dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is poised to evolve even more as the workplace also changes. and that employees and employers are at a crossroads, as evidenced by the Great Resignation among other indicators. As a mission-driven institution of higher learning, focused on its goal of helping working adults, primarily the first generation, gain higher education and job skills to help them enhance their careers and future , the University of Phoenix is evolving and innovating to help its students succeed in this rapidly changing work and higher education environment.
A former college president, as well as a business leader, Burnett is well positioned to lead the university into the future: “I am thrilled to join the University of Phoenix at this important time in its history. I am so impressed by what the university has accomplished over the past 4.5 years under the leadership of President Cohen, and I am honored by the incredible dedication of employees and faculty to student success and the mission of the University I look forward to joining this essential mission to serve adult learners seeking to enhance their career and professional goals.
Most recently, Burnett served as executive vice president of Academic Partnerships, which supports online degree programs at public universities. He is also a former President and CEO of Northcentral University, a regionally accredited institution. Prior to joining Northcentral, Burnett was President and CEO of Alta Colleges. He was also Director of Marketing for Qwest Communications International and held several leadership positions at AT&T after beginning his career at D’Arcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles, a global advertising agency. He is also currently an observer on the board of Universidad Europea, based in Madrid. Burnett received his BA from Dartmouth College and returned to the Amos Tuck School in Dartmouth for his MBA.
During Cohen’s nearly five-year tenure, the university has evolved to meet the changing needs and preferences of working adult learners, even during a historic pandemic. New competency-based curricula that recognize mature student work experience for credit, creating a shorter and more cost-effective path to graduation, have been introduced. So plan career assessments and career coaches to help students at the start and end of their higher education journey to prepare for possible career opportunities. Professional development courses are now part of the university’s offerings to working adults. And, the university has also increased its focus and provided more resources through student support teams, knowing that for the university’s adult learners – nearly 65% of whom have dependents and more than 80 % are working – life intervenes and students need easily accessible support, guidance and flexibility. Under Cohen’s leadership, the university has also built a values-based culture with a highly engaged workforce and a goal-oriented orientation that is the foundation of its work to help students succeed.
About the University of Phoenix
The University of Phoenix is continually innovating to help working adults improve their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, and Career Services for Life ® help students more effectively pursue their professional and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. For more information, visit phoenix.edu.
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