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University Leaders

Michael Plater, Michael Plater, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Plater joined the University as provost and chief academic officer. In 2011 he was appointed to serve as Strayer University's interim president. Prior to joining Strayer University, he served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. In this role, he oversaw academic programs and faculty serving more than 3,000 students. Previously, he was associate dean for the Graduate School at Brown University and a professor of business at the University of Florida. He holds a doctorate from the College of William and Mary.

Andrea Backman, Ph.D. Andrea Backman, Ph.D.
Dean, Jack Welch Management Institute

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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