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University Leaders

Brian Jones Brian W. Jones

Brian W. Jones is the 15th President of Strayer University. He joined Strayer in 2012, initially serving as its general counsel and later serving as a founding team member of Strayer@Work, a business unit focused on corporate skills development. Prior to joining Strayer University, he co-founded and served as president of Latimer Education, Inc., an early-stage venture-backed company partnering with a historically black college to provide online postsecondary education solutions to African American working adults. Mr. Jones previously served for four years as the U.S. Department of Education's general counsel, a Senate-confirmed presidential appointment, during the administration of President George W. Bush.

Mr. Jones currently chairs the board of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and serves on the board of directors of College Loan Corporation. He previously served as chair of the D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB), the sole authorizer of public charter schools in the nation's capital. He is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow, a program of the Aspen Institute that seeks to strengthen and sustain diverse, high potential leaders who are reimagining public education. And in 2017, he was appointed by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), a federal advisory body authorized to make recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Education regarding accrediting agencies that monitor the quality of postsecondary institutions and educational programs.

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University.

Andrea Backman, Ph.D. Andrea Backman, Ph.D.
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Andrea Backman joined the University in 2013 to oversee the academic functions of the Jack Welch Management Institute.  Her previous tenure at Strayer University includes establishing the University’s virtual Center for Teaching and Learning and serving as senior vice provost for faculty affairs.   Outside of Strayer University, she has served as chief academic officer at Rasmussen College and director of new program development and academic approvals at the University of Virginia.  She has also held leadership positions at DePaul University. Her academic work has been focused on adult learning, online learning and innovation in higher education.  Dr. Backman holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Virginia.


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