September 16, 2016 – Cypress, CA – Trident University International (Trident) is proud to announce Dr. Mihaela Tanasescu as its new Provost, Chief Academic Officer, and Accreditation Liaison Officer for WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). She will begin in her new role on September 26th.

Previously, Dr. Tanasescu served as the Executive Dean of the College of Health, Human Services, and Science at Ashford University. Most recently, she served as Ashford’s Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer, and Accreditation Liaison Officer for WSCUC.

Prior to her tenure at Ashford, Dr. Tanasescu served as Trident’s Dean of the College of Health Sciences and the College of Education at Trident. During her prior tenure Dr. Tanasescu was instrumental in improving the Ph.D. program in the College of Health Sciences. Her leadership was integral to new program development and student-centric improvements within this College.

Already being familiar with Trident and its key tenets of academic excellence and a superior student experience, Dr. Tanasescu is set to lead further efforts to improve academic content and delivery, building on the success of the University’s new online learning management system and the implementation of the Trident Fastrac 8-week session structure.

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Tanasescu back to the Trident family. Her significant leadership experience in the education space and familiarity with the Trident community will allow her to make a quick impact on the student experience and the University’s high academic standards.Travis Allen, Trident’s President & CEO

Dr. Tanasescu has over 20 years of service in health and education, including prior work at the National Institute of Public Health in Romania. She carried out research at Harvard University and the University of Connecticut. She is an education research and accreditation reviewer, and is the author of multiple peer-reviewed articles.

She received a Doctor of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health, a Master of Science from the University of Connecticut, and a Medical Degree from the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania.

Trident, a 100% online university that has been in operation since 1998, is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Active duty military, veterans, National Guard, and military dependents make up 79% of the University’s student population, and Trident is proud to employ many veterans at its faculty, staff, and management levels. Of Trident’s 28,000 alumni, more than 27,000 have a military affiliation.

About Trident University 
Founded in 1998, Trident University International (Trident) is a leading online post-secondary university serving adult learners. Trident developed the Trident Learning Model, which employs case-based learning in an online setting to teach real-world relevant critical thinking skills to enhance student’s lives and careers. Trident offers high-quality bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs, led by a qualified faculty team, over 80% of whom have doctoral degrees. Visit, Trident’s Facebook page, or call at 800-579-3197 to learn more about Trident’s wide range of program offerings.