The Benedictine University Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Organizational Change is building the next generation of leaders in higher education in Illinois and throughout the United States.
The program is intended for practicing professionals who wish to accelerate their career paths or who seek to join the higher education community as university, college or community college administrators. Graduates are also prepared for leadership and management positions in public and private educational agencies and associations. As scholars they contribute significantly to the understanding and improvement of post-secondary education.
The Ed.D. offers a unique curriculum combining rigorous practice-based studies in academic leadership and organizational change. The highly selective program is offered on-campus at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, and online.
We partner with our exceptional students as they undergo deep and lasting transformation through a quality, caring and immersive educational experience. We are passionate about helping them realize their full potential as transformational leaders and invite you to contact us to explore your own goals for the future.
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Phone: (630) 829-1930
Dr. Sunil Chand is Professor and Director of the Ed.D. program in the Center for Higher Education and Organizational Change at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. The Ed.D. seeks to prepare mid-career professionals for leadership positions in higher education. He came to Benedictine in 2009 having served as President, College of DuPage, in Illinois, and Executive Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs at Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio. Prior to that, in the UK he was Vice President, Academic Services, at Richmond, The American University in London, where he went after ten years at Triton College, Illinois, serving in the developmental education program and later as Dean, Arts and Sciences. He came to the US having been a faculty member and Head of the Department of English at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, India. Professional contributions include conference presentations, publications, and commission service and leadership development at local, state and national levels. He earned his doctorate in Literature from Kent State University, Ohio, and earlier degrees in English from Delhi University, Delhi, India.
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Dr. Eileen Kolich is a Professor and full-time faculty member in the Ed. D. program in the Center for Higher Education and Organizational Change. During her 25 years at Benedictine University she has received numerous service awards, including the Blackburn Award for Exemplary Administrative Leadership (2004), the President's Award for Leadership (2003), and the President's Award for Innovation (2000). Prior to her current position, she served in a number of administrative roles, which included Chair of the Education Department and Division, Dean of the School of Education, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and Founding Dean of the Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies. She earned her BA at Rutgers University and her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Curriculum &Instruction: Reading, Communication, Language Education, and Instructional Systems. Her area of expertise is in Curriculum Development in Higher Education.