Vice President & Chief Academic Officer
Bryan J. Watkins
Dr. Bryan J. Watkins is Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
Bryan has a great breadth and depth of experience in multiple higher education institutions that includes accreditation, faculty relations, and curriculum design and development, as well as virtual, hybrid, and face-to-face program delivery, admissions, marketing, and sales. Bryan is a mission-driven leader with high competencies in business acumen, fiscal stewardship, entrepreneurial mindset, and a collaborative, team-based leadership style.
Bryan previously was Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Adult Learning at North Park University. While there, he led a team of 45 full- and part-time faculty and staff to design, deliver, and implement undergraduate and graduate programs in Chicago and Grayslake.
Prior to North Park University, Bryan was the Acting Assistant Provost for Continuing Studies & Special Initiatives at Dominican University overseeing all academic and administrative operations related to the School of Continuing Studies. He developed external partnerships dedicated to special initiatives and partnered with Deans from the other schools at the university to align online education activities. He also served as a university representative at the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission.
Business Leader Faculty® Since 2015
Vice President and Chief Academic Officer
Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
Dean and Associate Professor
North Park University
Acting Assistant Provost for Continuing Studies
- Doctor of Education
Keller Graduate School of Management
- Master of Business Administration
- Bachelor of Science