• Ph.D., School Psychology, Kent State University
  • M.S. Ed., Counseling, University of Dayton
  • B.A., Behavioral Sciences, SUNY Pittsburgh

Denise DeZolt, Ph.D. – former NewSchool Board Member and former Chair of NewSchool’s Governance Committee – has assumed the role of Interim President & Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for NewSchool of Architecture & Design. DeZolt was appointed to this role by NewSchool’s Board of Directors after the passing of NewSchool President & CAO, Marvin Malecha, on May 4, 2020.

Denise DeZolt, Ph.D. has over 30 years of experience in higher education, focusing on global quality assurance and accreditation over the past 12 years. She is a seasoned executive in global higher education, including campus-based, online, and digital learning modalities. DeZolt has held numerous strategic senior leadership positions, including Senior Vice President, Chief Academic Officer, Provost, Dean, and Faculty Chair.

DeZolt’s community and professional service activities have included participation on college/university and community boards (including NewSchool of Architecture & Design), involvement in professional organizations, coordination of faith formation programs, and service on human participants in research review boards. Her presentations at international, national, state and local professional conferences have been in the areas of global accreditation and quality assurance, higher education, and virtual teaching and learning. DeZolt was the primary/co-primary investigator on federal, state, local, foundation, and university grants related to serving diverse populations of children and adolescents. Additionally, she worked in private practice for several years focusing on children and families.

In addition to her current role as Interim President & Chief Academic Officer for NewSchool, DeZolt also owns DD and Associates Consulting, LLC, where she provides consulting services to higher education accreditors, institutions, and organizations on quality and integrity matters, including accreditation readiness, virtual teaching and learning, governance and organizational structures, board development, academic leader development, and academic ethics compliance.

Denise DeZolt, Ph.D. will remain in the position of the Interim President & CAO for NewSchool until the next permanent President is appointed.

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