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Al Guskin Retirement

Antioch University Distinguished Professor, Former President, Chancellor and Humanitarian, Al Guskin, Announces Retirement

Lengthy career of service includes inspiring change and helping found the Peace Corps

Al GuskinAlan (Al) E. Guskin, a leading voice in higher education leadership and innovation, will retire at the end of August after a 30-year career with Antioch University and timeless legacy of helping others. A distinguished university professor at Antioch University’s PhD program in Leadership and Change, as well as the university’s President Emeritus, Guskin has held many leadership positions in higher education. He is also credited with leading the University of Michigan student group widely recognized for persuading John F. Kennedy to establish the Peace Corps in 1960.

“Whether on a global scale or through efforts of the university community, Al understands the components of inspiring change from within,” said Antioch University Chancellor Felice Nudelman. “His contributions have made a difference in the lives of many, many people not only directly, but exponentially, by sharing his knowledge with others who carry forth his tradition of stimulating meaningful social change.”

Guskin was President of Antioch University and Antioch College simultaneously from 1985 to 1994 and after a university reorganization, Chancellor of Antioch University from 1994 to 1997. Among his accomplishments, Guskin who has worked for more than four decades as a teacher, leader, administrator, and tireless advocate for social justice, was a driving force in the creation of the PhD in Leadership and Change program at Antioch University.

Guskin’s prior work in higher education leadership includes serving as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 1975 to 1985, Acting President at Clark University from 1973 to 1974, and Provost of Clark University from 1971 to 1973. He has held faculty positions at the University of Michigan as well as Clark University, University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Antioch University, where he shares his extensive life of service mentoring others to do the same.

After graduating from Brooklyn College in 1958, Guskin attended the University of Michigan to earn a PhD in social psychology. While a graduate student in 1960, he was initiator and a leader of the student group on the Ann Arbor campus that is widely credited with persuading John F. Kennedy to establish the Peace Corps.

Guskin interrupted his graduate education in 1961 to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in the first group to go to Thailand as a university faculty member at the Faculty of Education at Chulalongkorn University. From 1964 to 1965 he served as a senior administrator in the creation of the domestic Peace Corps, VISTA. The following year, he directed the Florida Farm Worker Program, a poverty initiative serving 14 counties in southern Florida.

Guskin has presented to countless professional organizations, consulted with prestigious groups on the topics of change in higher education, and shared his expertise through serving on many educational and humanitarian boards and leadership councils. As noted in remarks he recently shared at an Antioch University event to celebrate his career, in retirement he hopes to continue working with and supporting others who are committed to higher educational change while also spending more time with his wife, Dr. Lois LaShell, and his daughters and grandchildren. Guskin and his wife live in Edmonds, WA and spend part of the year in Walnut Creek, CA near two of their three daughters and two grandsons.


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New Healthcare Administration and Data Analytics Programs

Future Workforce Demands Shape New Programs at Antioch University Midwest

Healthcare Administration and Data Analytics concentration in Management now offered

In response to a strong demand in the emerging job market, Antioch University Midwest (AUM) recently launched Healthcare Administration and Data Analytics concentrations for students pursuing bachelor’s degrees and working professionals who embrace continuing education. These programs will also be available as professional certificates and can be taken individually. The new programs further enhance the AUM curriculum, geared towards adult learners, and have been described by Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, president of AUM, as “a reflection of their desire to be proactive and innovative.”

The Healthcare Administration program is designed to deliver pertinent and innovative approaches to the changing healthcare landscape. “Healthcare providers and affiliated businesses – doctors offices, hospitals, labs, outpatient surgery centers, long-term care facilities, insurance and managed-care companies – need Healthcare Administrators who understand the critical issues and trends in the healthcare industry and possess the leadership skills needed to oversee a successful office or practice,” noted Dr. Webb. The concentration is designed to fulfill that need and can be added as a concentration to either a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Wellness or Management.

The second concentration focuses on the heightened interest in the area of data analytics. “Students can expect to gain a better understanding of analytics tools, apply process and reporting techniques, and learn how best to wield the power of big data in smart ways,” said Dr. Bill Hochstettler, professor of Data Analytics at AUM. The program’s demand is a reflection of communication technology trends. “We are meeting that demand with effective and ethical approaches to savvy business empowerment,” he added.

Antioch University Midwest’s certificate programs can be counted as academic credit and are carefully designed to increase knowledge in given fields, advance careers and expand skillsets. Taking a year or less to complete, the programs serve as a tremendous benefit to working professionals and students alike. For more information, visit, or contact our Admissions team at 937-769-1818 or

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Dr. Jim Malarkey Co-Edits a Review of an Anthology of Arabic Literature

Retired Antioch University Midwest Faculty Member, Dr. Jim Malarkey, and Professor Suheil Bushrui had the privilege of editing this well informed and well written review of the abridged edition of an anthology of Arabic literature that was featured in The Daily Telegraph.

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AUM Board of Trustee Member Honored with Top Volunteer Award


Congratulations to Antioch University Midwest Board of Trustee Member, Dr. Clark Beck!



Presidents Club Honors Dr. Clark Beck with Top Volunteer Award


ClarkBeckDAYTON, OhioThe Presidents Club of Dayton has announced that Dr. Clark Beck is the 65th recipient of the region’s 2015 Citizen Legion of Honor Award. The award, given every year since 1951, is the oldest and most continuous recognition of volunteer service in the Dayton area.

Dr. Beck’s life of service is inspired by second chances. After one university told him, “your people cannot be engineers,” Beck not only proved them wrong, but in 1955, he became the first African-American to earn a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Beck spent 33 years working as an engineer. Most of those years were at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Beck also shared his knowledge; teaching at Central State University, Sinclair Community College and Wright State University over the years.

In 1972, Dr. Beck received a kidney transplant and is now one of the oldest living kidney transplant survivors who still has the original functioning kidney.

This second chance at life sparked a call to service for Beck. He recalled his struggle achieving his professional dream and harnessed that energy to help others. In 1987, Beck founded the first STEM program in the area, Wright STEPP, at Wright State University. The program helps female and minority students prepare for college in technical disciplines that also provides full tuition scholarships to WSU. Beck is also involved with a group of early University of Cincinnati African-American alumni, called the “Pioneers,” which gives minority students scholarships to those chasing the same goals at UC.

Dr. Beck has been deeply involved in service organizations throughout the region. He was the first black president of the Dayton Engineers Club and has served numerous other organizations in the region.

“The Presidents Club is honored to recognize Dr. Clark Beck with the region’s top community service recognition,” said Phil Plummer, President of the Presidents Club. “Dr. Beck has exemplified what it means to serve, giving back in ways that have changed the lives of others.”

Dr. Beck will be honored at the Citizen Legion of Honor Award ceremony Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the Dayton Convention Center. The event will start at 10:30 AM with a VIP reception, followed by a luncheon from 11:15 AM – 12 PM. Tickets and table sponsorships are available by calling Marcia Bostick at 937-226-8225 or by emailing her at All proceeds from the event go toward establishing scholarships at Sinclair Community College for students who are active volunteer leaders in our community.

For more information, contact:
Citizen Legion of Honor President’s Club 937-226-8225 or


The Presidents Club of Dayton was founded in 1932 by a group of local business leaders who sought to support and stimulate volunteer servant leadership in the Miami Valley through citizens’ active participation in service clubs, churches, schools, non-profit organizations and government. The organization’s leadership and work of advocating and championing volunteer community service have continued without interruption for more than 80 years.



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AUM Appoints New BoT Leaders

Antioch University Midwest Welcomes New and Returning Leadership to its Board of Trustees

Marva Cosby appointed chair, Plato Pavlatos vice chair, and Rick Stover reappointed treasurer

The Antioch University Midwest Board of Trustees recently appointed new and returning members to leadership roles. In May, Marva Cosby was voted in as the board’s new chair, with Plato Pavlatos to serve as vice-chair and Rick Stover to continue to serve as treasurer, effective July 1, 2015.

“We are grateful for the expertise that Marva, Plato and Rick bring to our Board of Trustees and look forward to their service in their roles as chair, vice-chair, and treasurer,” said Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, president of Antioch University Midwest. “Each are proven community leaders and are highly regarded in their respective fields. Their collective experience is a tremendous asset to our board leadership and to the work being done to support the mission of our university.”

Marva CosbyMarva Cosby is the President of the Cosby Consulting Group, LLC and a certified professional executive coach. She has over 30 years of experience in human resource executive leadership and has served a number of prestigious companies in the field. An active community leader, Cosby was a YWCA Dayton 2015 Women of Influence honoree and was selected by the Dayton Daily News in 2012 as a Ten Top Women honoree. In addition to her service on the board of Antioch University Midwest, she also serves on the boards of the Dayton Foundation, Executive Women’s Golf Association Dayton, We Care Arts and after many years of service, retired from the Sinclair Community College Board of Trustees where she served on the executive committee. Cosby received her Bachelor of Science in Consumer Science and Social Work from Ball State University and her Master of Arts in Management from Antioch University Midwest.

PlatoPavlatosPlato Pavlatos, a native of Springfield, Ohio, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of C&N Contractors, Inc., a general contracting company based in Springfield. Pavlatos is an active member of his community and currently serves as chairman of the Springfield Foundation Board of Trustees. In the past, he has served on a number of boards including chairman of the Community Health Services Foundation Board of Trustees, president of the Springfield Rotary Club, chairman of the Springfield Airport Advisory Board, and member of the Ohio Valley Associated Builders and Contractors Board of Trustees. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Wittenberg University and his Master of Arts in Management from Antioch University Midwest. Additionally, Pavlatos is a graduate of the Community Leadership Academy and has obtained his credentials as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified professional.

Rick Stover, wallet sizeRick Stover has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting. He served as a partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1991 until his retirement in July 2014. Stover has been involved with his local community for many years and is currently finance committee chair for CityWide Development, board member of the URS Foundation, board member of the Kettering Development Corporation and committee member of the Accountability Committee for the Dayton Public Schools. He is also the past chair for the EPI Foundation (Dayton’s Charitable Foundation), past chair for the Dayton Regional Chamber of Commerce, past chair of the Dayton Opera, and a board member for Kettering Development Corporation, Family and Children First Allocations Committee, CityWide Development Corporation, and Leadership Dayton.

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Artist Ron Rollins in the Antioch Midwest Art Alcove

Art by Ron Rollins

Artwork by Ron Rollins displayed at Antioch University Midwest from July through August 2015.

Meet the Artist

Ron is a writer, editor, poet and artist who lives in Kettering, Ohio.

He has worked at the Dayton Daily News and Cox Media Group Ohio since 1986 and has served on the boards of several local arts, cultural and social-service organizations, including Dayton History, FilmDayton, House of Bread and the Antioch Writers Workshop.

His artwork is usually acrylic and pastel on canvas, influenced by the work of his mother, Barbara, a watercolor artist, and  by the Abstract Expressionists of the mid-20th century, such as Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline and Joan Mitchell.

He has exhibited at the Dayton Circus Sideshow; the Miamisburg Summer Arts Series Gallery; the Centerville Police Station gallery; Visceral Gallery in Middletown; the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts in Oberlin, Ohio; the Kettering Christ Church Little Gallery; in members shows of the Dayton Visual Arts center; and at several Dayton-area businesses. He was one of the five featured Dayton-area artists whose work was featured in a traveling exhibition of nature-themed work to mark the 50th anniversary of the Five Rivers MetroParks.

He has a studio in Kettering, where he and his arts partner, Terry Welker, also exhibit work by other local artists. Ron and his wife, Amy, have two grown children and two grandchildren.

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Marian Glancy Appointed CAO

Dr. Marian Glancy Appointed to Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Marian GlancyDr. Marian Glancy, an educator and leader who helped Antioch University Midwest’s (AUM) School of Education achieve prestigious accreditation, was named Chief Academic Officer at the institution on July 1. Glancy, who has served at AUM as a core faculty member for more than a decade, and as director of the School of Education, is a member of AUM’s executive team.

“Dr. Glancy has helped countless students achieve their academic, civic, and personal goals through her mentorship, tutelage, and by sharing strategies to excel,” said Dr. Karen Schuster Webb, president of Antioch University Midwest. “As Chief Academic Officer, she will continue that tradition while providing her expertise, leadership and vision to our university. “

Glancy began her core faculty position at AUM in 2004, later becoming chair of adolescent young adult education and middle childhood education departments from 2005-2011. In 2011, she was selected as the School of Education’s director. In addition to serving on the AUM executive team, and has consistently shared her expertise through substantial committee work and outreach on behalf of Antioch University. Among her accomplishments, Glancy successfully led the extraordinary team effort that enhanced the School of Education’s national reputation through CAEP (Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation) accreditation.

Prior to her appointment at AUM, Glancy was a research fellow at the Kettering Foundation and served as a faculty member and administrator at Jewel and Esk Valley College in Edinburgh, Scotland. She received a PhD in Educational Leadership and a Master’s of Science in Education from the University of Dayton. Her Bachelor’s of Education degree is from Dunfermline College in Scotland.

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Retiring Education Leader Al Guskin Reflects

Retiring Education Leader Al Guskin Reflects
on 30-Year Career at Public Talk on July 29

Former Antioch University president and chancellor to present
Looking Back and Going Forward: The Creation of the PhD Program in Leadership
and Change – Why, How and What Comes Next

Yellow Springs, Ohio – Alan (Al) Guskin, PhD, former Antioch University chancellor, president emeritus, founder of the university’s PhD in Leadership & Change program, and a change agent who inspired the Peace Corps and helped found AmeriCorps VISTA, will culminate his 30-year career at an evening of celebration and reflection on Wednesday, July 29 at AUM’s PNC Auditorium at 900 Dayton Street in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The presentation portion of the event, during which Guskin will discuss Looking Back and Going Forward: The Creation of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change – Why, How and What Comes Next, begins at 7 pm. A reception to honor Guskin’s contributions to higher education and social justice will be held from 8 to 9 pm; both are free to attend and open to the public.

Al GuskinGuskin, who has worked for more three decades as a teacher, leader, administrator, organizational change consultant, and tireless advocate for social justice, was a driving force in the creation of the PhD in Leadership and Change program at Antioch University, where he currently holds the title of Distinguished University Professor of Higher Education Change. His contributions to the program have helped countless individuals accomplish their goals through education and advocacy. His specialties include examining the role of leadership, power, conflict and change in educational organizations, and the transformation of higher education.

“Al Guskin has the rare ability to uncover the root cause of an issue – be it social, cultural, or academic, – and inspire people to come together to architect a solution to change things for the better,“ said Laurien Alexandre, Director of the PhD in Leadership and Change Program of Antioch University “  Our PhD in Leadership and Change program is the hallmark it is today because of Al’s vision and ability to guide others to see themselves as strong, empowered citizens.”

To attend the July 29 celebration, please RSVP at or call 937-769-1800. For more information about the event or Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program, please contact Laurien Alexandre at

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In Search of Degrees that Align Student, Employer and Educator Needs

In Search of Degrees that Align
Student, Employer and Educator Needs

At Antioch University Midwest, technical, leadership and problem solving skills
are equally emphasized

In the world of higher education, many factors contribute to the quality and reputation of an institution. Graduation rates, student performance, and employment statistics are among the many benchmarks that measure success. But how does that map to what students and employers need to evolve as leaders and learners?

Data shows that employers seek to hire people with real-world experience who can relate to social and ethical situations, and who can think and communicate critically. And of course, employees must have the technical skills to enable them to perform their jobs – whether they are teachers, managers, data analysts or healthcare administrators.

Dr. Julie Biddle, Chair of the Initial Licensure Program

Dr. Julie Biddle, chair of the initial licensure program, discusses the importance of supplementing lesson plans with additional books with students in the Early Childhood Education program.

To achieve this blend of skills, modern education –especially for adults who are completing a degree or continuing their education – requires a blend of experience-based learning and the inspiration to use their knowledge for social and environmental justice, and personal growth.  Antioch University Midwest, based in Yellow Springs, is an example of an institution that has perfected this fine balance. Every course in every program has an integrated leadership component. Curriculums are presented in context, but not necessarily in a classroom. Internships, hybrid courses, and academic credit for life experience are all facets that help students advance their careers while making a difference in their communities.

Above all, academic institutions must be responsive to regional and industry trends… AUM faculty all participate in professional endeavors outside academia to maintain the connection to “real-life,” while administrators ensure programs remain relevant to both employers and future employees.

To learn more about AUM’s unique philosophy for career and leadership development, visit or contact Arlyn Love at (937)769-1818 or e-mail

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Antioch University Responds to Ohio’s Growing Need for Healthcare Workers

Antioch University Responds to Ohio’s Growing

Need for Healthcare Workers

New academic concentrations in healthcare disciplines, bachelor’s completion, master’s and certificate programs at Antioch University Midwest will help prepare new or established professionals for the next steps in their careers. Students may now focus their degrees or professional development studies on Healthcare Administration, Integrative Health Studies, Meaningful Conversations in Health and Healing and Navigating Healthcare Conflict.

Whether helping patients work through the overwhelming intricacies of their care or employing the entrepreneurial and care-focused skills needed to manage a medical practice, all of AUMs healthcare programs center on impacting the lives of others in positive ways.

“We see a growing need for high-quality educational opportunities for people passionate about helping people in a healthcare setting,” said Kent DeSpain, chair of AUM’s health and wellness program. “With an aging population, increasingly complex relationships with insurance companies and a growing emphasis on health and wellness in all facets of our lives, now is a perfect time for professionals in health related fields to advance their own careers while making an important impact in their communities.”

Programs to Meet Every Need

The Bachelor’s completion programs in Health and Wellness and in Management with a concentration in Healthcare Administration are designed for healthcare workers, providers and professionals in affiliated businesses such as physicians’ offices, hospitals, labs, outpatient surgery centers, long-term care facilities, insurance and managed-care companies. They produce healthcare administrators with solid conceptual understanding of the critical issues and trends in the healthcare industry as well as the business savvy and leadership skills needed to oversee a successful office or practice. AUM graduates are healthy living advocates who help patients focus on wellness and social service initiatives to avoid costly healthcare encounters; and they are leaders adept at managing healthcare-focused facilities to support non-clinical efforts to improve patient care.

AUM’s new interdisciplinary Master of Arts concentration in Integrative Health Studies prepares students to create or manage educational, consultative, coaching or entrepreneurial practices based on an integrative care model.

More than a new trend, integrative medicine champions the belief that integrating one’s mind, body and spirit and providing individualized, collaborative care based on a patient’s unique healthcare concerns and preferences is an important approach to healthcare. It involves understanding aspects of eastern, western, native and shamanic knowledge systems while preparing students to work within a highly regulated and structured healthcare industry.

Professional and graduate certificate programs deliver pertinent and innovative approaches to the changing healthcare landscape in areas such as navigating healthcare conflict, meaningful conversations for health and healing, and organizational conflict and leadership.

All of AUM’s certificate programs build your skills, increase your knowledge, prepare you for career advancement, all while taking about a year or less to complete. Graduate certificate programs also count for academic credit, which can be applied toward a master’s degree. This option is perfect for working professionals who embrace continuing education, leadership, and expanding specific skillsets to remain relevant in their fields.

Career Growth and Community Service

“Our graduates fulfill an important role in today’s healthcare system,” DeSpain said. “They are the ones helping patients navigate the complex aspects of their individualized, integrated care; they are the ones helping run more efficient and effective facilities; and they are the ones constantly asking ‘what can we do better?’”

AUM’s healthcare-focused bachelor completion programs use classroom-based courses taught in the evenings and on weekends while the master’s and certificate programs use a hybrid in-person and online method, allowing students to put their new skills to use immediately while working full or part-time.

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