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NAU Leadership

Executive Leadership Board
Name Position
Dr. Ronald L. Shape Chief Executive Officer and President
Dr. Lynn Priddy Provost and Chief Academic Officer
John Woosley Vice President of Human Resources and Employee Development
Thomas Bickart Chief Financial Officer 
Paul Sedlacek General Counsel
Dr. Ronald L. Shape
Chief Executive Officer and President

He has been serving as the chief executive officer of NAU since April 2009, and was the chief operating officer of NAU from 2006 until 2009. Dr. Shape also served as the chief fiscal officer of NAU from 2002 until April 2009 and was the interim chief fiscal officer of NAU from April 2009. In 2001, Dr. Shape was selected as the assistant to the university president and CEO of NAU and served as regional president for the Minnesota region with NAU in 2000. Dr. Shape worked in a number of different positions at NAU from 1991 to 2000, including system controller, assistant director of financial aid and student account specialist. Dr. Shape served as executive vice president of NAU from 1998 to 2000. Dr. Shape served as vice president of finance on the board of directors of Fountain Springs Community Church and served on the board of directors of the Quall Road District in Black Hawk, South Dakota. Dr. Shape has a B.A. from Dakota Wesleyan University and a MBA and Ed. D. from the University of South Dakota.  Dr. Shape was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer in 2015.

Dr. Lynn Priddy
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Lynn Priddy, Ph.D., is Provost and Chief Academic Officer of National American University, assuming that role in 2013 after fourteen years with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the nation's largest regional accreditor. While at the Commission, she served as Vice President for Accreditation Services with responsibilities for accreditation processes, including institutional change and decision processes, peer review, and education and training. At National American University, Dr. Priddy oversees all aspects of the educational enterprise. Her focus has been on transformation of learning, transfer, and other initiatives to serve working adults, including spearheading teach-out, transfer, and consolidation of closing institutions.  During her tenure, she has lead the establishment of co-requisite remedial entry processes, degree pathways designs, and integration of general education and proficiency-based education.

Since 2014, the institution has established a new academic governance system and roles that focus on student learning and persistence over the traditional curricula and faculty focus. The most current initiative is the redesign of degree programs, including all 750 courses in a new high-engagement LMS prototype that integrates the findings from student learning and competency-achievement. Finally, the institution has now fully launched a technology that tracks in real-time the interactions of students, coaches, and faculty in terms of engagement and learning so as to allow immediate intervention at any indicator. Dr. Priddy previously served as vice president of planning and evaluation, director of assessment, and English faculty at Nicolet Area Technical College. Dr. Priddy is a summa cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo with a B.A. in English, a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with an M.A. in English; and a summa cum laude graduate of Capella University with a Ph.D. in Higher Education, research and evaluation.

John Woosley
Vice President of Human Resources and Employee Development

John comes to NAU with 15 years' experience in Human Resources management as a Human Resource Manager at BKM Total Office in East Hartford, CT and Vice President Human Resources at The Art Institutes.  Mr. Woolsey received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Averett College and his Master's degree in Human Resource Management from National University.  Mr. Woolsey also served in the United States Marine Corps. for over 20 years, retiring in 1998.  He and his family have relocated to the Black Hills from Tampa, FL.





Paul Sedlacek
General Counsel

Thomas Bickart
Chief Financial Officer