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McPherson College President Selected For Prestigious Doctorate Program

posted Jul 23, 2013 in ACADEMICS

McPherson College President Michael Schneider has been selected for the prestigious Higher Education Doctorate Program at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Starting in August, President Schneider will enter the 22-month program, leading to a Doctorate in Higher Education Management.

Founded in 2001, the program takes an innovative approach by matching those enrolled in the program with cohorts in similar positions but with diverse backgrounds.

Dr. Eric Kaplan, director of the doctorate program, said the students learn from, support, and challenge each other as they earn their degree. Schneider will work with renowned faculty at the nationally ranked Graduate School of Education.

“Penn's Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management is the premier program of its kind,” Dr. Kaplan said. “And peerless in its focus on the unique strengths and challenges of senior-level leaders in higher education.”

The program involves independent study and two days per month on the Penn campus for in-person classes, which will allow Schneider to earn the doctorate without sacrificing his ambitious goals for McPherson College or his own career.

“This is a great opportunity,” Schneider said. “Because my study and dissertation will center on work I am doing at MC, I can take what I learn and apply it back on campus.”

The prospect has members of the McPherson College Board of Trustees not only supportive, but enthusiastic.

“The Board fully supports Michael as he pursues his doctorate,” said Dr. Rick Doll, chair of the Board of Trustees. “I’m sure we’ll get as much out of it as he does.”

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