November 12, 2014 – Cypress, CA – Trident University International (Trident) is proud to announce that effective Monday, November 3, 2014, Dr. Heidi Gilligan has been appointed as the Program Director of their new Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D. EL) program.
Dr. Gilligan has previous experience building an Ed.D. program from the ground up, having been instrumental in the successful launch of the Educational Leadership Program at California State University, Long Beach in 2006. She has taught several Ed.D. classes at CSU Long Beach, including Research Methods, Survey Methods, and Inferential Data Analysis. She will report to Dr. Holly Orozco, Dean of the College of Health Sciences and College of Education.
Dr. Gilligan earned an Ed.D. in Community College/Higher Education Leadership from CSU Long Beach and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Diego State University. Her research interests include the financial literacy of college students, college student success in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors, and college access for unrepresented populations.
A native Californian, Dr. Gilligan was raised in San Diego. She is a middle distance runner and plays in a women’s recreational soccer league. She has been playing since the age of four.
The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership begins instruction in the Winter 2015 session and enrollment is open now. This is the only 100% online Ed.D. program accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC).
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