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NCU’s Academic Leadership & Roles at a Glance

Have you ever wondered how a university is run? Having a strong leadership team helps to ensure quality, integrity and growth at the university are sustained.

There are several components of university administration. Like other leading higher education institutions, Northcentral University relies on multiple leaders across the university to facilitate operations and make sure that our culture and values are maintained.

Board of Trustees

NCU is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the establishment of broad institutional policies for operation of the University, with oversight responsibility for academics and academic policies. There are 14 members on NCU’s Board of Trustees including NCU’s President and Chief Executive Officer, who serves as an Ex Officio Member.

President and Chief Executive Officer

NCU’s President and CEO, George Burnett, is responsible for the overall strategic, financial and tactical leadership of NCU. With the board, his role is to guide and establish NCU as a leader in online higher education.

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Scott W.M. Burrus serves as NCU’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer. As Provost, Dr. Burrus oversees academic operations and administration and works closely with NCU’s Deans to provide quality educational opportunities and programs.

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Heather Frederick, VP of Academic Affairs, works with our Provost to ensure academic operations, curriculum, instruction and technology adhere to NCU’s mission and values.


Northcentral University has a Dean for each school of study. Our Deans help with areas such as academic policy, faculty hiring, programmatic accreditation, and curriculum.

NCU’s Deans are:

For more general information on higher education leadership or student affairs, check out resources on the Bureau of Labor Statistics or NASPA.

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