Following a nationwide search, Sandra J. Doran was named the Interim President of Salem Academy and College on April 18, 2018. She began in her new role on May 1.
Prior to arriving at Salem, Ms. Doran served as the National Program Director of the New England Board of Higher Education and as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stevens Institute of Technology. In the former position she created and led initiatives focused on new program development and strategies for change. In the latter, she nurtured the university’s nascent entrepreneurs and provided management counsel to companies on marketing, sales, finance, and business development strategies.
From February 2014 to July 2017, Ms. Doran served as Chief Executive Officer at Castle Point Learning Systems LLC (CPLS), a company that develops innovative teaching and learning technologies in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Prior to her position at CPLS, Doran was President of American College of Education. As President, she re-energized the college, growing it into the fifth largest graduate school of education in the country. She accomplished this through several major initiatives, including: creating a new institutional vision and voice; introducing a culture of innovation, developing an environment that valued and promoted innovation, creativity, inclusion, and accountability; transforming the marketing and enrollment strategy to fully embrace digital marketing; and implementing an institution-wide student outreach strategy, including a new student orientation process, weekly webinars, faculty outreach, and alumni and ambassador mentoring. During her tenure, student retention increased from 73 percent to 96 percent.
Ms. Doran’s other experience in higher education includes serving as Chief of Staff, Vice President, and General Counsel at Lesley University (Cambridge, MA), an all-women’s liberal arts undergraduate college with coed graduate programs in education and the arts. She is the parent of a daughter who benefited from an all-female, private high school education.
Doran holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Syracuse University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Southern Methodist University.
Over the years, she has augmented her considerable leadership skills through the Advanced Leadership Program at the Center for Creative Leadership; through the Finance for Senior Executives program at Harvard Business School; and through the Leadership Program offered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Institute for Educational Management.