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Administration & Staff

USU’s dedicated administration and staff work in concert with our faculty and board of trustees to foster a positive, supportive learning environment for our students. USU staff members – many of whom are bilingual – are dedicated professionals who have experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. The USU staff is dedicated to preparing students of every age to learn the skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly global economy.

Steven Stargardter, Ph.D.

President

Dr. Stargardter became Provost and Chief Academic Officer of United States University in January of 2013.  A native of New York City, he received his undergraduate degree at Fordham University and his doctorate at Boston College.  He spent a year during his doctoral studies as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Mainz, Germany, researching his dissertation: “Niklas Vogt, 1756-1836: A Personality of the Late Enlightenment and Early Romantic Movement.”  He went on to receive a J.D. from the University Of Washington School of Law in 1991.

Dr. Stargardter has served as a faculty member, Continuing Education Director, Undergraduate Dean, and Provost and Chief Academic Officer. For the past 15 years he served as sitting President of first City University of Seattle and then John F. Kennedy University. Among other achievements, he oversaw the reaffirmation of regional and specialized accreditations at both institutions.

Dr. Stargardter is especially committed to the creation and maintenance of a transformative and supportive educational environment for students traditionally underserved by American colleges and universities.

Administration

William R. Titera

Chief Financial Officer

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William R. Titera

Chief Financial Officer

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Academic Administration

Jennifer Newmann, M.B.A., Ed.D.

Dr. Jennifer Newmann is the Provost & Chief Academic Officer at United States University. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Arizona…

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Jennifer Newmann, M.B.A., Ed.D.

Dr. Jennifer Newmann is the Provost & Chief Academic Officer at United States University. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University, MBA from National University, and doctorate from University of California San Diego in Organizational Development and Educational Leadership. Dr. Newmann is also a successful entrepreneur from the San Diego area. She has owned and operated 4 businesses over the last two decades, managing large and small organizations in both education and private industry. In addition to her practical experience in the corporate and small business world, Dr. Newmann has worked in academia for almost 20 years, working in student services as well as teaching economics, information literacy, and undergraduate and graduate level business courses. Dr. Newmann currently teaches human resource management, cross cultural management, marketing, organizational behavior, and project management in both undergraduate and graduate programs. In her spare time, Dr. Newmann is an avid reader and is currently editing a couple of book series in her spare time. She also has a family and enjoys the beautiful beaches in San Diego, reading, and taking road trips throughout the Southwest and Mexico.

Dr. Elizabeth Archer

Associate Provost, Accreditation and Curriculum

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Dr. Elizabeth Archer

Associate Provost, Accreditation and Curriculum

Dr. Renee P. McLeod, PhD, APRN, CPNP, FAANP
College of Nursing

Dean of the College of Nursing

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Dr. Renee P. McLeod, PhD, APRN, CPNP, FAANP
College of Nursing

Dean of the College of Nursing

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Staff

Natalie Robinson, Esq.

Director of Financial Aid

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Natalie Robinson, Esq.

Director of Financial Aid

Catalina Lopez, MLS

Director of the Library

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Catalina Lopez, MLS

Director of the Library

Pat Bently, RN, PHN, MSN, MBA, NP
College of Nursing

Pat Bently is the Clinical Placement Coordinator at United States University. Prior to joining United States University, Ms. Bently was…

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Pat Bently, RN, PHN, MSN, MBA, NP
College of Nursing

Pat Bently is the Clinical Placement Coordinator at United States University. Prior to joining United States University, Ms. Bently was the Clinical Placement Coordinator (CPC) at Brandman University and prior to that position served as the CPC at the Graduate College of Nursing at Arizona State University.  She was a faculty member at the College of Nursing Lynchburg College in Virginia and San Diego State University in California.  Ms. Bently, also was a member of the School Health Team at San Diego Unified School System.  She currently lives in Arizona and has one daughter who currently lives in Switzerland.

Alyssa Hill, MA

Academic Advisor

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Alyssa Hill, MA

Academic Advisor

Brandon Hughes

Brandon Hughes is an Academic Advisor here at United States University.  He joined the USU team in May of 2017,…

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Brandon Hughes
Brandon Hughes is an Academic Advisor here at United States University. 
He joined the USU team in May of 2017, and has been working as an academic advisor since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado and is originally from the Denver area. As an academic advisor, he is dedicated to ensuring students reach their graduation goals.
Tina Ricafrente

Tina Ricafrente is the International Student Advisor here at United States University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from…

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Tina Ricafrente
Tina Ricafrente is the International Student Advisor here at United States University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Diego State University in San Diego, California and her Master of Science in Education in International Leadership from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  Prior to joining USU, she lived in Japan for three years and taught English part-time. She has also worked as a Program Coordinator for the Global Leadership Institute at UC San Diego and as a DSO/ARO and International Credential Evaluator at the University of Southern California. 
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