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

Professional Experience

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

Dominican University


National-Louis University

- Doctor of Education

Keller Graduate School of Management

- Master of Business Administration

Morningside College

- Bachelor of Science