Vice President of Operations and Regulatory Affairs
KATHLEEN A. DWYER
Ms. Dwyer, who has been with the College since 2005, is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for all operational areas of the College, in addition to ensuring the multi-state College is compliant with all accreditor, state and federal regulatory agency guidelines, and for continuous quality improvement efforts. She has been with the College for fifteen years in a variety of capacities, and has experience in accreditation, auditing, auxiliary services, compliance, contracts, facilities, financial aid, institutional effectiveness, mergers and acquisitions, operations, policy development and interpretation, publications, registrar services, risk management, and strategic planning.
Ms. Dwyer has maintained oversight over operations since January 2013, including physical expansions and renovations at all campuses, and oversight of the College’s expansion into new markets. In her previous role as the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Ms. Dwyer successfully led the College in obtaining and continuing to maintain regional accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges; programmatic accreditation with ACEN and CCNE; establishing a new campus in Cincinnati, Ohio; and achieving reaffirmation of national accreditation with the Council on Occupational Education, in addition to maintaining excellent relationships with all regulatory bodies. Her oversight has allowed Galen to remain in good standing with over 20 regulatory agencies over the last fifteen years.
Ms. Dwyer is responsible for the creation of the Accreditation, Compliance, and Regulatory Affairs department at Galen and establishing numerous internal controls and operational infrastructure designed to strengthen the College’s services and programs. She has served as a SACSCOC Evaluator on a Reaffirmation of Accreditation visiting team and is also certified by the Council on Occupational Education as an Accreditation Visiting Team Member and a Candidate/Substantive Change Visiting Team Member.
Ms. Dwyer is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and a graduate of the Louisville chapter of SOAR, a professional development and advancement program for high potential women. Prior to her employment at Galen, Ms. Dwyer worked in the behavioral health field. She is actively involved with the Family Scholar House, whose mission is to assist single parents by changing lives, families, and communities through education.