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Argosy University Led By Diverse Team

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The Inland Empire's newest university boasts an ethnically diverse administrative team with women and men in strong leadership roles.  They believe this level of diversity helps all students receive the best opportunities for success at Argosy University-Inland Empire. 

"Our leadership team, as well as our other staff and faculty here at Argosy University-Inland Empire, know the challenges of trying to work, raise a family and at the same time, further your education," said Campus Director Darren Adamson, Ph.D.. "We believe Argosy University presents the Inland Empire with great opportunities to work school into busy schedules, and look forward to helping each of our students and prospective students on a path to success."

Dr. Adamson, who comes to Argosy University-Inland Empire with vast experience in both higher education and psychology, heads the team. Business, education and psychology are the major areas of focus of Argosy University's curriculum.

Dr. Adamson, who is of English and Danish ancestry, previously served as Vice President/Campus Director of the Colorado and Cheyenne campuses of the University of Phoenix, as well as an instructor with the university. He also worked as a research associate at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah Gerontology Center, and taught as an adjunct professor of child and family studies at Weber State University.

Dr. Adamson received Master's and doctorate degrees in marriage and family therapy from Brigham Young University, and has worked in the employee assistance field as well as having a private practice in marital, family, and individual psychotherapy.  He is fluent in Spanish.

Dr. Marilyn Al-Hassan, the program chairman for Argosy University-Inland Empire, also has an extensive background in psychology and education. This African-American woman holds a master's degree in marriage and family counseling from the Phillips Graduate Institute in Encino, and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of Sarasota/Argosy in Orange County. She is a certified drug and alcohol counselor, as well as a certified anger management counselor.

Left to Right – Chair of the Education and Business Schools, Dr. Marilyn Al-Hassan; Chair of the Psychology Schools, Dr. Debra Wheeler; Director of Admissions Wendy Vasquez-Osborn; Campus Registrar Michelle Gradillas; Business Manager Michael Andruski
At Argosy University - Inland Empire, Dr. Al-Hassan oversees all of Argosy's educational programs. She tracks students' academic performance, and hires and trains faculty. She comes to Argosy University-Inland Empire from Argosy University - Santa Ana, where she had the same job in that school's education department from 2004 until coming to Argosy University-Inland Empire in June of this year.

Dr. Al-Hassan has previously overseen educational programs at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science and at the "Get Off Drugs" treatment program, both in south central Los Angeles. One of the programs she managed at Charles Drew University promoted the medical benefits of sexual abstinence for teenagers, another worked to prevent violence in families and communities.

In addition to running programs such as those at Argosy University, Dr. Al-Hassan gives presentations throughout the United States on the topics of education and violence prevention.

Another veteran of Argosy University- Santa Ana is Campus Registrar Michelle Gradillas. This Mexican-American woman has worked for Argosy University since 2004, first in the Admissions Department at Argosy University- Santa Ana before joining the Inland Empire team this year.

Here in the Inland Empire, she oversees the registration of Argosy University students, and keeps records of their course grades, attendance and official college transcripts.

Gradillas not only has worked for Argosy for nearly three years, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Argosy University- Santa Ana while she was working there.  She received her bachelor's degree just one year after completing an Associate of Science degree in criminal justice at Everest College in Rancho Cucamonga in 2003. Prior to Argosy, she worked in the parole department of the California Youth Authority.

Business Manager Michael Andruski came to Argosy University-Inland Empire with much previous experience in the business world, which helps him as he keeps track of the campus's financial affairs. He's of Polish ancestry, and speaks Portuguese fluently.

Immediately prior to working for Argosy University-Inland Empire, Andruski was the controller for American Integrity Corporation in Apple Valley. He also was an accounting manager for Universal Technical Institute in Rancho Cucamonga, and worked as an accountant/office manager for several other companies in southern California.

Like Dr. Adamson, Andruski is a graduate of BYU, having obtained a bachelor's degree in accounting.

Completing the leadership team is Director of Admissions Wendy Vasquez-Osborn, whose job at Argosy is to recruit and admit new students.

Like Gradillas, Vasquez-Osborne has experience working at a school while attending there.  She first did that in her final year at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While completing her studies for bachelor's degrees in psychology and history, this Mexican-American woman served as a "Macess Mentor," in which she helped 30 "students of color" learn about the college environment and get ready to attend Macalester.

After living in Colorado for a few years, Vasquez-Osborn came to San Bernardino County and began working for the Ontario campus of the University of Phoenix in 1999. She once again took advantage of her workplace being a school, and obtained a Master's degree in Organizational Management in 2005. She's been leading the Admissions Team at Argosy University/Inland Empire since May of this year.

"At Argosy University/Inland Empire, our courses are thoroughly oriented to the real working world. We focus on the development of technical proficiency in your field as well as the overall professional approach expected in business, industrial, or medical environments," said Adamson.

Argosy University/Inland Empire schedules their classes to make it convenient for students.  Sessions are offered in the day or evening, in the classroom, blended online and in the classroom or fully online --whichever suits students best. 

 "We help you work your education around the other demands of your life whether it's your family, a job, or other pursuits that are important to you," said Adamson. 

Financial aid is available from the University's fulltime financial aid department. For more information on Argosy University/Inland Empire call (866) 217-9075 or visit www.argosyu.edu/inlandempire.

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