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Heidi Ventura

Associate Dean of Doctoral Programs / Associate Professor of Leadership Studies

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  • B.Mus, Palm Beach Atlantic University, 2003
  • MBA, Palm Beach Atlantic University, 2006
  • Ph.D., Regent University, 2014


Dr. Frederick provides leadership for faculty, curricula, and academic efforts for nontraditional adult learners in site-based and online programs. Dr. Frederick has presented at various conferences, including the Conclave for Leadership Research & Analysis, the Annual Conference for the Center for Research in Adult Learning, the Annual Meeting for the Higher Learning Commission, and the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She has served on the Ohio Board of Regent’s Prior Learning Assessment Working Group and the Association for Biblical Higher Education Standards for Accreditation Review Task Force. Dr. Frederick was a 2010 Fellow in Indiana Wesleyan University’s Leadership Development for Women initiative and was recognized as the 2010 Administrator of the Year at Ohio Christian University. She previously served at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio since 2008, first in institutional effectiveness and then as Assistant Vice President and Dean for the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. Prior to that, she served at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Research Interests

  • Higher education accreditation
  • Adult student experience
  • Faculty engagement
  • Accountability
  • Authentic leadership
  • Biblical exegetical study of leadership theory and praxis