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Nancy H. Blattner, Ph.D., Caldwell University President

Caldwell University President Nancy H. Blattner

Career Profile: Nancy H. Blattner, Ph.D. became the eighth president of Caldwell University on July 1, 2009. She is the first lay president in Caldwell University’s 70 year history. She currently serves on The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Chief Academic Officers Task Force, which is the group that plans CIC’s Institute for Chief Academic Officers. She was a participant in CIC’s Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Program.

Dr. Blattner has over two decades of experience in Catholic and public higher education. She came to Caldwell from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri where she was Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs for five years. In that position, she was responsible for leadership of the entire Academic Affairs division, including all departments, faculty and curriculum, the library, the office of institutional research and assessment, the registrar’s office, ESL programs and study abroad. She oversaw all academic budgets, hiring of all faculty members, department chairs and deans. She initiated and found funding for the university’s first endowed chair. Prior to that, she was Interim Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Support Programs and an American Council on Education Fellow at Longwood University in Virginia.

Dr. Blattner spent 15 years at Southeast Missouri State University in positions as Academic Associate, Office of the Provost, Associate Dean, School of University Studies, and Director of Writing Assessment, while always teaching English. Prior to holding those positions, she was a Teaching Assistant and an adjunct in the English Department. While at Southeast, she attended the Harvard Management Development Program.

 Education: Dr. Blattner holds a B.S. in Secondary Education/English, an M.A. in English from Southeast Missouri State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Other: Dr. Blattner and her husband Tim are parents of three adult children. She and Tim are avid college sports fans.