January 2023 Graduate Catalog 
    May 28, 2023  
January 2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Information

University Mission


To educate, support and empower all students for success in work, learning and engagement in our communities and global society.


The vision of Herzing University is to be the lifelong learning partner for its students, employers, and communities in optimizing their economic and human potential.

Core Values: P.R.I.C.E. of Success

Herzing University’s educational and organizational philosophy was founded on core values that constitute the Herzing culture. These values are essential not only for personal development, but are also the foundation for a successful, meaningful career. These core values; professionalism, respect, integrity, caring, and engagement are encompassed in a framework called “P.R.I.C.E. of Success.” In order to help each student, develop and strengthen these qualities, they have been incorporated into the learning environment. Students are expected to exhibit these behaviors and attributes in all interactions, inside and outside of the classroom. Students who apply themselves and embody the P.R.I.C.E. of Success characteristics will more likely reach their full human potential.

These behaviors and attributes are also the foundation of our internal culture. Employees are expected to exhibit these qualities in their service to students and other daily functions. In doing so, we are building a culture that nurtures personal growth and potential. We lead by example for our students, enabling us to coach and mentor students in their own development of these behaviors and attributes.

Guiding Principles

The following principles guide the University in fulfilling our mission.

  1. Foster Our Core Values - Promote an educational and workplace culture that fosters professionalism, respect for others, personal responsibility and integrity, caring, and civic and community engagement among our students and employees.

  2. Optimize Human Potential - Sustain a positive and effective educational environment which optimizes the personal and professional potential of our students and employees, and which respects individual contributions and perspectives.

  3. Improve the Value Equation for Students - Continually improve the University’s high-quality educational programs to increase their value to students. Innovate to optimize students’ educational journeys and align learning outcomes with lifelong learning and workforce needs.

  4. Engage Students - Provide instructional and student-support services that create an engaging, caring, student-centered environment to facilitate student achievement of the defined learning outcomes, their educational goals, and their personal development.

  5. Create Access for Diverse Group of Students - Provide access to our programs and services to qualified students of diverse age, interests, abilities, and cultures. Respond to the dynamic needs of our diverse and geographically distributed students through face-to-face and distance education delivery modalities.

  6. Embrace Innovation for Student Success - Provide a high-performance learning environment that utilizes new technologies, methodologies, and best practices to serve the dynamic lifelong learning needs of our students.

  7. Demonstrate Effectiveness - Continually assess student learning outcomes as well as educational and institutional effectiveness to drive continuous improvement in the value we provide to our students, employers, and society at large.

  8. Pursue Collaboration and Partnerships - Pursue cooperation and alliances with educational institutions, organizations and associations on a local, regional, national and international basis to fulfill our mission and public educational purpose.

  9. Ensure Sustainability - Ensure effective and efficient use of our human, physical, technology, and financial resources. Utilize data and analysis to inform planning, budgeting, and decision-making processes to ensure continued improvement of our educational offerings, fulfillment of our mission, and sustained future development.

Advisory Boards

Advisory boards at each Herzing University have been established to provide input on curriculum content. Members of the advisory boards are professionals and faculty from a variety of businesses and institutions. Their input and recommendations help ensure Herzing University offers educational programs that correspond with the skills and training required in today’s competitive job market.

Program Offerings and Disclosure

Not all Herzing University’s programs are offered at all locations. Further, there are substantial differences in some programs from campus to campus including, but not limited to, programmatic accreditation, a pathway to licensing and other program characteristics. Students should independently investigate and ensure that the program they desire is offered on the campus they intend to enroll in and has the instructional delivery format and potential outcome they desire. Students should rely only on the written official catalog for accurate information.

Approvals to Enroll

The University has the following authorizations or approvals:

  • Authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students
  • Approved for the training of veterans
  • Approved for the training of vocational rehabilitation students

Updates to the Catalog

Herzing University is committed to offering students a robust, current, and relevant curriculum. Curriculum, policies, and other matters discussed herein are subject to change at the discretion of the University. However, curriculum will not be changed to require existing students to take more credits to graduate than their original degree program, unless required by accreditation, state agencies, or other regulatory bodies. In this case, the University will ensure there is no adverse financial impact on the student. Changes will be reflected in an addendum to this catalog and will then be considered an integral part of this publication.

Herzing History

Herzing University had its beginning in 1965 when it started as a computer training institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1970 the name was changed to Herzing Institute, and the organization began to grow through the acquisition of other schools. These included the Wisconsin School of Electronics in Madison, Wisconsin, which has a history dating back to 1948. Later, the Milwaukee location was closed in favor of the Madison location, but the system headquarters has remained in Milwaukee. The name of the school was changed to Herzing College in 1996, and the institution has grown to ten locations plus Herzing Online. With the addition of graduate programs, the name was changed to Herzing University in 2009.

Akron Location

The Akron Institute was founded in 1970 and has provided training in the Akron area continuously since that date. The school, which became a campus of Herzing in 2004, has grown to its present size with the addition of programs, increases in staff, and expansion of facilities, necessitating a move to a larger building in 2004. The name was changed from Akron Institute of Herzing University to Akron location-Herzing University in January 2013.

Atlanta Location

The Atlanta location began in 1949 as Massey Junior College. Massey Junior College became part of the Herzing Institute in 1979. In 1996 its name was changed to Herzing College. Organizationally, Herzing University-Atlanta, was the main campus of two additional locations in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Orlando, Florida. The Atlanta location moved to its present location in 2018. With the addition of graduate programs, the name was changed to Atlanta location-Herzing University in 2009.

Birmingham Location

Initially founded as Electronic Computer Programming Institute in 1965 at 1218 South 20th Street, the Birmingham college was acquired by the Milwaukee college in 1968. The name was officially changed to Herzing Institute in 1970. In December 1994 the Institute was moved to its present address at 280 West Valley Avenue, Birmingham, Alabama, and the official name was changed to Herzing College of Business and Technology and then to Herzing College in September 1998. With the addition of graduate programs, the name was changed to Birmingham location-Herzing University in 2009.

Brookfield Location

The Brookfield location-Herzing University first opened its doors in March 2010 and serves the western suburbs of Milwaukee. The campus moved to its current location in September of 2019. 

Kenosha Location

The Kenosha location began enrolling students in the fall of 2009 as an additional location of Herzing University to serve the communities of Kenosha, Racine, northern Illinois, and the surrounding areas. The campus moved to its current location in September of 2020.

Madison Location

Originally the Wisconsin School of Electronics, the school was founded in 1948 by several local Madison businessmen involved in the television and radio industry. In 1970 the school merged with Herzing Institute. In 1996 the name was changed to Herzing College to reflect its bachelor’s degree status and range of programs. With the addition of graduate programs, the name was changed to Madison location- Herzing University in 2009.

Minneapolis Location

Herzing College, Minneapolis Drafting School Division, became part of Herzing College in June of 2000. Established in 1961, the Minneapolis Drafting School trained and placed its graduates in all phases of drafting and design. The Minneapolis location has since added programs in business, design, and public safety.

Herzing College, Lakeland Medical-Dental Academy Division, became part of Herzing College in May of 2002. Established in 1958, Lakeland Medical-Dental Academy has trained and placed its graduates in many phases of allied health. With the addition of graduate programs, the name was changed to Minneapolis location-Herzing University in 2009.

Nashville Location

The Nashville location of Herzing University has begun enrolling students for its first class start in January of 2023.

New Orleans Location

The Herzing University New Orleans location started its first class in 1996 as part of Herzing College-Atlanta. The campus relocated in 2010 to its present location in order to serve a greater number of community residents looking to obtain a Herzing education. With the addition of graduate programs, the name was changed to New Orleans location-Herzing University in 2009. The campus moved to its current location in March of 2020.

Herzing Online

In 2003 Herzing College launched online education, making education available to students from the comfort of their own home, the local library, or a coffee shop. Providing educational opportunities whenever and wherever a student desires, Herzing Online offers students the opportunity to enroll in diploma/certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree programs. In 2009 Herzing Online ventured its way into the graduate school arena and began offering master’s degrees in business administration and nursing.

Orlando Location

Herzing College in Orlando started its first classes in 1995 as an additional location of Herzing College in Atlanta. With the addition of graduate programs, the name was changed to Orlando location-Herzing University in 2009.

Tampa Location

The Tampa location of Herzing University began enrolling students in January 2021 and serves the Tampa area.


Herzing University is a nonprofit, coeducational university licensed and approved to award a doctoral degree, master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and diplomas/certificates. The University is owned and operated by Herzing University, Ltd., which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Wisconsin corporation. The University is governed by a Board of Trustees.

Board of Trustees

Chairperson Joseph Froehlich
Vice Chairperson Patricia Todus
Secretary Wendy Baumann
Trustee Mark Ambrosius
Trustee Erin Hareng
Trustee Peter Heffernan
Trustee Henry Herzing
Trustee Cheryl King
Trustee John Lopez
Trustee Joseph B. Hill
Trustee Margaret Lee

Executive Committee

President Renée Herzing, M.B.A.
Chief Operating Officer/Chief Information Officer Nigel Longworth, M.S.
Chief Academic Officer Kitty Kautzer, Ed.D.
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Compliance Officer Erik Parks, M.B.A.
Chief Marketing Officer Clay Gillespie, B.A.
Executive Vice President of Operations Bob Haimes, M.B.A.

System Administrators

Admissions Support Center Manager                                                                 Renée Pressley, B.S.
Assistant Director of Training and Development, Student Services                           Pamela Bermender, M.S., M.B.A.
Associate Dean of Nursing Operations Dina Hewett, Ph.D., R.N., J.M., NEA-BC      
Associate Dean of Online Nursing Patricia Wagner, D.N.P.
Associate Director of Faculty Effectiveness Kacey Ingram Jechura, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President of Academic and Library Resources Beth Huwe, M.L.I.S.
Associate Vice President of Admissions Manny Martinez, M.B.A.
Associate Vice President of Admissions Kristin Tuten, M.S.
Associate Vice President of Business Intelligence Benjamin Nirschl, M.B.A.
Associate Vice President of Career Development Don Patarino, B.A.
Associate Vice President of Community Partnership Thomas Perin, M.S.
Associate Vice President of Curriculum and Assessment Elisabeth Murfield, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President of Curriculum and Innovation Leila Casteel, D.N.P., R.N.
Associate Vice President of Financial Aid Sarah Miller, B.S.
Associate Vice President of Registrar Services Janet Sabri, M.B.A.
Associate Vice President of Student Services BriAnne Danielson, Ed.D.
Controller Kate Hauser, C.P.A., CGMA
Director of Admissions Training and Development Jennifer Christensen, M.A.
Director of Advertising Rene Burkard
Director of Alumni Support Jennifer Hoepner, B.A.
Director of Financial Planning and Analysis Open
Director of Institutional Effectiveness Eric Siegel, Ph.D.
Director of Instructional Design James Bennett, M.F.A.
Director of International Admissions and Operations Anissa Neill, B.S.
Director of Safety and Equal Opportunity Emilie Thompson, B.A.
Director of Student Accounts Jeff Grieger, B.A.
Manager of Financial Planning Brooke Hanke, C.P.A.
Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis Megan Mirissage, C.P.A.
Senior Director of Academic Compliance Sara Bartholomew, J.M., M.Ed.
Senior Director of Digital and Content Marketing Georgiane Berich, B.S.
Senior Director of Faculty Effectiveness Molly Sheahan, M.A.
Senior Director of IT Applications  Ram Chava, B.S. 
Senior Director of IT Infrastructure  Gwen Mueller, B.A. 
Senior Director of New Programs Brendan Ashby, Ed.D.
Senior Director of Student Services Shelley Kranz, M.B.A.
Senior Vice President of Campus Operations Jason Morgan, M.Ed.
Senior Vice President of Human Resources Shannon Grass
Senior Vice President of Online Operations / Online Campus President                                 Jeff Cross, M.B.A.
University Registrar Andrew Huenink, B.A.
Vice President of Academic Operations Larry Doty, Ed.D.
Vice President of Admissions Derrick Pope, M.B.A.
Vice President of Financial Aid and Compliance Kevin McShane, M.B.A.
Vice President of Inclusion and Community Impact Karen Nelson, E.M.B.A.
Vice President of Information Technology Mladen Grgic, M.S.
Vice President of Program Marketing Strategy Celia Ffrench, B.S. 
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, WFD and Government Affairs                                                Jarvis Racine, M.B.A., M.H.R.M. 

Campus Administrators

Akron Location

Campus President Bill Cassidy, M.Ed., M.B.A.
Academic Dean Stephanie Newman, Ph.D.
Director of Admissions Suzanne Peters, M.B.A.
Director of Financial Aid Matthew Miller, B.S.

Atlanta Location

Multi-Campus President Sarah E. Higgins, M.A. M.A.Ed.
Academic Dean Michael Velarde-Bell, Ed.D.
Director of Admissions Hanna Collins, M.B.A.
Director of Career Development Ayana Emory, B.A.
Director of Financial Aid Lisa Sander, B.S.

Birmingham Location

Multi-Campus President Sarah E. Higgins, M.A. M.A.Ed.
Academic Dean Candy Jenkins, Ed.D.
Director of Admissions Knigia Tolbert, M.S.A.
Director of Financial Aid Kentray Sims, M.B.A.

Brookfield Location

Regional President, Wisconsin Jeff Hill, Ed.D.
Interim Academic Dean Chris LaBounty, M.A.Ed.  
Director of Admissions Trey Cochran, M.S.
Director of Financial Aid Christina Ramsey, B.S.

Kenosha Location

Regional President, Wisconsin Jeff Hill, Ed.D.
Academic Dean Beth Gilbertson, Ed.D.
Director of Financial Aid Jamie Grochan, M.B.A.
Director of Student Services Katie Melendes, M.B.A.
Senior Director of Admissions Erin Ginn, M.A.

Madison Location

Regional President, Wisconsin Jeff Hill, Ed.D.
Academic Dean Steve McEvoy, J.D.
Associate Director of Admissions Andrew Routt, M.Ed.
Senior Financial Aid Advisor Clayton Groth, B.A.
Senior Financial Aid Advisor Debbie Gannon, A.S. 

Minneapolis Location

Senior Vice President of Campus Operations Jason Morgan, M.Ed.
Academic Dean Daniel Marcelle, Ph.D.
Director of Financial Aid Heather Boes, B.A.
Director of Student Services  Andrew Kagol, M.B.A.
Senior Director of Admissions Jennifer Sekula, B.S.

Nashville Location

Senior Vice President of Campus Operations                                                                                                                    Jason Morgan, M.Ed.                                                                                                                                  
Academic Dean Open
Director of Admissions Jeanne Bolt-Ripper
Director of Financial Aid Open

New Orleans Location

Campus President Jamie Hardage, M.B.A.
Associate Director of Admissions Tamba Humphrey, M.B.A.
Director of Financial Aid Nyra George

Herzing Online

Senior Vice President of Online Operations / Online Campus President Jeff Cross, M.B.A.
Academic Dean for Online Learning  Kelly May, Ed.D.
Associate VP of Admissions Kristin Tuten, M.H.R.M.
  Senior Director of Admissions - Chicago
Eric Reeves, M.B.A.
  Senior Director of Admissions - Milwaukee
Jackie Korneli, M.B.A.
Director of Financial Aid Kahlilah Pilcher, M.B.A.
Senior Director of Student Services Jeff Ramsey, Ph.D.
  Director, Student Services Angie Zamecnik, M.S.
  Associate Director, Student Services Alex Neuwirth, M.S.
  Associate Director, Student Services Jennifer Osburn, M.A.

Orlando Location

Senior Vice President of Campus Operations Jason Morgan, M.Ed.
Academic Dean LeShawn Roberts, M.S.
Director of Admissions Meggan Bounds, M.B.A.
Director of Career Development Sharon Rosin, B.F.A.
Director of Financial Aid Jocelyn O’Bannon, B.S.
Tampa Location  
Senior Vice President of Campus Operations Jason Morgan, M.Ed.
Academic Dean Dominick Agostini, M.A.
Director of Admissions Michele D’Alessio, M.A.
Director of Financial Aid Janice Chirio, B.B.A.