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Dr. Ronald Kovach - Vice President, Student Retention

Dr. Ronald Kovach

Dr. Ronald Kovach is vice president of student retention and joined APUS in 2011. He is responsible for first year programs as well as various retention initiatives within academics. Prior to joining APUS, Dr. Kovach served as assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs in the Purdue University system where he led strategic initiatives in student retention, student success and experiential education. He currently serves on the board of directors and as treasurer of the National Society for Experiential Education. 

Dr. Kovach has over 33 years of higher education experience, during which he has served as director of international studies and director of the graduate program in organizational leadership at Lewis University (IL); dean of student development at Benedictine University (IL); associate dean of students at Rhodes College (TN); director of student development at University of St. Francis (IL;) and director of residence education at Boston University.

Ron has conducted over 100 presentations, workshops at both national and international conferences, has authored several publications, and has consulted at numerous universities on a range of topics including student retention, experiential learning, faculty development, learning styles, first-year experience, use of social media and learning communities. He has served as principal investigator for several U.S. Department of Education grants and private foundation funding projects that have involved student success, leadership development, and experiential learning.

Dr. Kovach holds a doctorate in counseling and higher education from Northern Illinois University. In addition, Ron holds a master's in English from Kent State University, a certificate of special studies in administration and management from Harvard University, and a bachelor's in English education from Ohio University.