As the founding principal of HEP, Dr. Kenneth L. Hoyt brings a distinguished 30-year higher education career to The Higher Education Practice, LLC.Dr. Hoyt served as president of Centenary College of New Jersey, as president of The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc. (OFIC), as vice president for The University of Akron, and in various campaign/fundraising leadership positions for Otterbein College and Baldwin-Wallace College.Dr. Hoyt holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from Ohio University, M.A. in Journalism/PR from The Ohio State University, and B.A. in Business Administration/Marketing from Baldwin-Wallace College. During his seven-year presidency at Centenary College, Dr. Hoyt implemented a collaborative strategic planning model that led to unprecedented enrollment growth (1,600-3,300) in the College's traditional, non-traditional/adult, online and graduate programs.Centenary utilized an effective branding strategy that established Centenary as the fastest growing college in New Jersey, as a first-choice institution providing "education designed around you," andas a college known for "student centered learning and unparalleled service."Centenary was recognized by Intel as one of the top 50 wireless colleges in America for its wireless IBM laptop campus.Under Hoyt's leadership, Centenary College rewrote its curriculum, established measurable learning outcomes, became a part of the Council of Independent Colleges/Rand Corporation Collegiate Learning Assessment program, completed its decennial Middle States evaluation, became TEAC, IACBE, and BSW accredited and CAEL certified, and improved student retention by 20%.The Campaign for Centenary College raised $45.5 million and, combined with tax exempt bond funding, the College constructed two 124- bed suite housing facilities, a 1,200-seat athletic/recreation center, a technology classroom building, a new performing arts/student center, and increased available College land by 50%.Centenary also updated its campus master plan to include design development work on a "green" science/technology classroom building to be built with Federal and State funding and a multipurpose/wrestling room addition to the recently completed athletic/recreation center. At The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc., where for sixteen years he served as president, Dr. Hoyt secured more than $65.0 million in funding for its member colleges, instituted strategic planning models often utilized by otherstate associations, created the Ohio Scholars Program which became an association national model, initiated academic collaboration in the use of technology in the teaching and learning environment, conducted business process redesign collaborations saving colleges millions of dollars, and established the OFIC Institute for Higher Education Transformation and the OFIC Cooperative Corporation which enabled collaboration among Ohio independent colleges.
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