Hodges University Announces Third Finalist for Position of President
The board of trustees of Hodges University is pleased to announce the third finalist for the position of president, Dr. Donald Wortham, vice president for strategic initiatives at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn.
Dr. Wortham will be on the Hodges campuses on Monday, Feb. 8. Two special events for the community and alumni have been scheduled:
RSVP required (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Naples Campus – 2655 Northbrooke Drive, Naples, FL 34119
Monday, Feb. 8
7:30-8:30 a.m. Stock Building – John White Community Room
Light breakfast will be served.
Open forum, no RSVP
Fort Myers Campus – 4501 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33966
5:30-6:30 p.m. H Building - Kleist Community Room (364)
Dr. Donald Wortham serves as vice president for strategic initiatives at the College of St. Scholastica (CSS), a master’s institution with a main campus in Duluth, Minn., eight extended locations in Minnesota and Arizona and a virtual campus that serve its 4,400 students. Dr. Wortham has broad experience in higher education, having served at public universities, private colleges, for-profit institutions and educational start-ups.
During Dr. Wortham’s six-year tenure at CSS, he and his teams have increased overall enrollments and revenues by 30 percent, opened four new locations in Minnesota and Arizona and grown online enrollments by 200 percent. Units reporting to Dr. Wortham include Marketing, College Communications, Extended Studies, the Virtual Campus and Academic Technologies. He is a staff liaison to the CSS board of trustees’ enrollment management and market development committee. An advocate for the effective deployment of technology, he currently chairs CSS’s IT Steering Committee. Previously, he served as director of distance learning at American Higher Education Development Corporation and as director of computer services at the University of Chicago Law School.
Dr. Wortham received his B.A. in religious studies from Northwestern University and began preparation for ministry at the University of Chicago before deciding to pursue a doctorate in educational psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
At UNext, an education start-up, Dr. Wortham was responsible for an innovative problem-based learning MBA curriculum co-developed with Stanford, Columbia, and the University of Chicago. At the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research, Dr. Wortham’s work in math and science education was funded by the National Science Foundation and has been published in journals, including the Review of Educational Research. At Scholastica, he has held a dean-level appointment, served on Academic Council and directed CSS’s multi-site regional accreditation efforts. Dr. Wortham has taught in MBA programs at University of Wisconsin-Madison and CSS.
At UNext, Dr. Wortham was responsible for co-development of a customized MBA with its major corporate partner, General Motors. At CSS, he has served as a liaison to the Minnesota Private College Council and to its Chinese partner, United International College. Dr. Wortham is currently responsible for CSS’s relations with state college systems in Arizona and Minnesota and has secured contracts to operate on four community college campuses. He has previously developed a public-private partnership that built a $7.5 million campus to prepare nurses and nurse practitioners in central Minnesota and has secured $3.5 million in offers of land and improvements from a municipality and a healthcare partner to develop a campus in greater Phoenix, Ariz.
Dr. Wortham lives in St. Paul, Minn. and Clam Falls, Wis. with his wife, Lizabeth. They have four children, William, Caroline, Samuel and Owen. He is a parishioner at St. Bede the Venerable (Roman Catholic). He has served as a mentor in Minnesota’s Emerging Leader Network and has provided pro bono assistance to international rehabilitation, car-sharing, affordable housing and natural resource efforts. Dr. Wortham is an avid woodsman and cyclist. He and Liz also enjoy contemporary art, skiing and kayaking.