Northcentral University Names Dr. Dennis Lessard Dean of School of Education

Prescott Valley, Arizona, August 7, 2009 — Dr. Dennis Lessard has been appointed Dean of the School of Education at Northcentral University (, effective August 10, 2009, according to an announcement made today by Dr. Clinton Gardner, President of the leading 100% online university.

"I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dennis Lessard, PhD, as our new Dean of Education, effective August 10, 2009,” Gardner said today. "Dr. Lessard received his PhD in Business Administration, Management from Northcentral University, and, as a result, he brings a unique perspective to his new position, one that I believe will greatly benefit all students enrolled in the School of Education.” Dr. Lessard also holds a Master’s degree in Management and Supervision, Administration from Central Michigan University.

Previously, Dr. Lessard served as Chair of the Aeronautical Science Department and Interim Chair of the Safety Science Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Prescott, Arizona. Dr. Lessard also served in various senior-level positions for United Airlines after first completing a long and distinguished career in the United States Air Force.

Dr. Lessard has extensive experience in administration, management, program development, teaching, and accreditation issues.

"I look forward to serving as Dean of the School of Education and supporting our Students, mentors and degree programs,” Dr. Lessard said today. "I come from a family with a long tradition of teaching through the generations. After I completed my own undergraduate degree in secondary education I taught high school biology in Scottsdale, Arizona. As a result, I am excited to be able to return to my educational roots in this new position.”