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Ashworth College Appoints New Chief Academic Officer

on Thursday, 12 May 2016.

Ashworth College (, a leading provider of accredited, online educational programs, announced that it has appointed Dr. Bill Kakish as its new Chief Academic Officer. Among Dr. Kakish’s responsibilities in this role are setting the academic vision for the College and overseeing the quality of all the College’s academic operations.

Dr. Kakish has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, a Master's degree in Management Information Systems and Quantitative Methods from Northwestern University and a law degree from The John Marshall School of Law in Chicago. He began his academic career at Chicago’s Roosevelt University, where he worked as an Instructor of English and English as a Second Language (ESL). He went on to serve as President for the Chicago College of Commerce and later Mt. Sierra College in Monrovia, California.

In addition, Dr. Kakish possesses experience working with residential and online programs at both the certificate and degree levels, including institutions accredited by five national and three regional accrediting agencies.  He has served as an evaluator and chair on more than 60 accreditation visits, both nationally and internationally.

“I am very glad to be joining the team at Ashworth College. I look forward to working with my colleagues to help identify ways to encourage the growth and development in all of Ashworth’s career and degree programs, enabling our current and future students to achieve their academic goals,” said Dr. Kakish.

Rob Klapper, Ashworth College President and CEO, commented, “We are extremely proud to have Bill join us at Ashworth College. I am confident that his leadership, vision and deep expertise will make him an invaluable addition to our team.”

Headquartered in Norcross, GA, Ashworth College is an accredited institution providing effective, affordable and flexible online career-focused education opportunities. Ashworth offers its students worldwide more than 125 online college degrees, online certificate programs and online high school diploma options in high-demand fields that fit the busy schedules of working adults. Ashworth is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. For more information, visit

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