David Berner, who recently completed his Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership at Northcentral University took a moment to talk with us about his journey to earning his EdD. Dr. Berner was only two courses away from completing his doctorate when his previous university, Argosy, suddenly closed its doors, bringing his journey to a screeching halt. That is, until he found Northcentral University. We took a moment with Dr. Berner to talk about his journey to earning his EdD:
Previous Education and Degrees
My first undergraduate degree was conferred by the University of Washington in 1999. Ten years later, I started my second degree in Game Art & Design at the Art Institute of Seattle, which actually ended up being a diploma in Web Design and Interactive Media. In 2015, I enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University for the Creative Writing MA, which I completed 15 months later. Three months after that, I enrolled in Argosy University for my EdD-OL.
Why did you choose to go back to school and pursue a doctorate degree?
Higher Education has always been a passion of mine, as I have been an advisor, recruiter, and enrollment specialist for over 12 years. I consider higher education to be of the utmost importance, and receiving a doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership seemed the perfect bridge towards executive leadership.
What drew you to Northcentral University?
While I am pleased to have Northcentral University upon my diploma, it was actually done out of unfortunate circumstances. I am one of the “Argosy Displaced,” and was only two courses short of completing my Doctor of Education when Argosy University closed—as a matter of fact, I was conducting one of my student interviews for my data collection when the news of closure was announced. Northcentral University essentially saved me from oblivion.
Who is your biggest source of inspiration and why?
My wife and kids…it doesn’t really require much explanation. Safe to say that without them, I wouldn’t be here.
If you had to give one piece of advice to someone just starting out their doctorate degree, what would you tell them?
Read…oh, and read…by the way, have you been reading? And when you’re not reading, practice writing. A doctoral degree is 50% writing and 50% research, and in order to successfully complete such a rigorous journey, it is imperative to continually hone the craft of writing. To be sure, the best way to do so is to continually read.
What’s next on your journey?
As I continue to work in leadership roles with a university in Seattle, I have taken it upon myself to help others understand the plights of students, and strategize ways in which to make the experience of enrollment, recruitment, and matriculation as pleasant as possible. College is a difficult endeavor, and it should be incumbent upon institutions of higher education to not only challenge, but guide.