Betty Strehlow, Ridgewater College vice president of academic and student affairs, has earned a PhD in Leadership in Higher Education from Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, AZ.
The Leadership in Higher Education PhD program at Northcentral University provides knowledge in educational leadership, research, theory and practice as is relevant to institutions of higher education. Courses in the program focus on topics such as research, organizational governance, leadership, and finance.
Strehlow began her career at Ridgewater College in 1984, when it was known as Willmar Community College. She was an instructor teaching in the disciplines of sociology, psychology and human services. She has also been the director of a 2+2 program, director of institutional research, director of student services, and dean of institutional services. She was also responsible for leading the merger of three institutions into what is the present day Ridgewater College.
In her current role as vice president of academic and student affairs, Strehlow is the college’s chief academic officer, with responsibility for all functions and staff in academic affairs, student services, information technology, customized training and continuing education, institutional research, and college special projects. This includes leadership for accreditation efforts, strategic planning, and international partnerships.
Strehlow says she pursued this educational milestone through a “desire to grow as a leader and to contribute to the higher education community as a whole and to community colleges in particular.”
“My doctoral studies have honed my critical thinking skills and given me additional insight into ways to foster and advance the College’s mission and values,” states Strehlow. “In addition, it has kept the experience of being a student fresh in my mind and emphasized the importance of focusing on student learning outcomes within higher education.”
In addition to her PhD., Strehlow has earned an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Willmar Community College (Ridgewater College), a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Psychology and Sociology from St. Cloud State University, and a Master of Science degree in Psychological and Human Services from St. Cloud State University.