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JFK University Appoints Two New Deans

July 6, 2010

Deans will lead College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Professional Studies

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. – John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, has named Dr. Michael Graney-Mulholland as Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies and Dr. Ruth E. Fassinger as Dean of the College of Professional Studies, President Steve Stargardter announced today.

Dr. Graney-Mulholland’s appointment as Dean is effective as of July 1, while Dr. Fassinger will officially assume her responsibilities on August 1.

Dr. Graney-Mulholland’s career encompasses over 30 years of professional business experience and 16 years in academia in the field of management. Prior to accepting the appointment as Dean, she served as Program Chair for the Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration programs in John F. Kennedy University’s School of Management. Previously, she was the Department Chair for the undergraduate business program for Northern California at the University of Phoenix, where she was responsible for the performance of 500 adjunct faculty and 1,500 students. She has worked in the telecommunications, banking, and credit card industries as Director of Operations and as Director of Training and Development for Fortune 500 companies.

Dr. Graney-Mulholland’s wide range of interests in the field of management – ranging from leadership development, human resource management, organizational psychology, knowledge management, e-learning, to ethics – has lead her to develop challenging, visionary curricula with an interdisciplinary approach. Her dissertation research investigated how “Mature Professional Women Succeed in the New Business Model.” Her educational philosophy is rooted in the concept that learning is a life-long pursuit, and she continues applied research to develop methods of enhancing the learning experience and practical application of students’ knowledge.

Dr. Fassinger currently is Dean of the College of Education at California State University, Stanislaus. Previously, she served as Interim Chair of the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services, Professor of Counseling Psychology, and a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Dr. Fassinger is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) in three divisions: the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP), the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (SPSLGBTI), and the Society for the Psychology of Women (SWP). She also is a member of the Association for Women in Psychology, the Association for Psychological Science, and the National Career Development Association. She has served on the editorial boards of both the Psychology of Women Quarterly and the Journal of Counseling Psychology and currently serves on the editorial board of The Counseling Psychologist. A recipient of numerous awards and honors for her scholarship, teaching, and professional contributions, Dr. Fassinger has held a number of offices in professional organizations and is currently serving on APA’s Board of Professional Affairs.

The College of Undergraduate Studies at JFK University offers bachelor completion programs in Business Administration, Health Sciences, Legal Studies, Liberal Arts, and Psychology, and a Paralegal Certificate program. Through the College of Professional Studies, individuals can select from a diverse array of graduate programs, including Arts & Consciousness, Consciousness and Transformative Studies, Holistic Health Education, Integral Theory, Management, and Museum Studies, along with the Clinical, Counseling, Integral, and Sport Psychology programs.

About John F. Kennedy University
Founded in 1964, John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, was among the first institutions of higher education in California committed to lifelong learning for adults. Today, the University’s three Colleges and Continuing Education division provide innovative higher education opportunities to more than 2,000 professionals who, despite a full range of life responsibilities, are determined to advance their education and improve their future. The Continuing Education division provides professional development education to more than 2,500 individuals per year. A pioneer of education that integrates theory and practice, John F. Kennedy University and its students touch the lives of more than 30,000 people in Bay Area communities every year through their support of outreach centers and public programs. For more information, visit

About the National University System
The National University System was established to meet the emerging challenges and demands of education in the 21st century. The System is uniquely aligned to connect a diverse population of students to a network of innovative educational programs that are relevant to their lives, careers, and the marketplace and are delivered in a format that respects competing life priorities. Dr. Jerry C. Lee has served as the System’s Chancellor since it was founded in 2001. In addition to John F. Kennedy University, the affiliates of the National University System are National University; National University International; the Division of Pre-College Programs consisting of National University Virtual High School and National University Academy; Spectrum Pacific Learning; and WestMed College. Entities related to the System include the National University System Institute for Policy Research, National University Golf Academy, and the Center for Integrative Health. For more information, visit: