Betty Vandenbosch, PhD
Betty Vandenbosch is an award-winning administrator whose leadership at Purdue University Global has cultivated an atmosphere of achievement and integrity. In her current role as chancellor of the University, she oversees the academics and operations of the online schools and locations.
Prior to becoming chancellor, she was president of Kaplan University, which was acquired by Purdue University in 2018. She spearheaded the development of the University’s competency-based education model, ExcelTrack™, which offers students a personalized learning experience that allows them to leverage their existing knowledge toward a degree. She has also promoted faculty development and the use of learning science to evaluate the University’s educational methods.
Vandenbosch served in a variety of leadership positions at Kaplan University prior to the acquisition, including dean of the School of Business and Management, dean of students, and provost. Throughout, Vandenbosch has pursued a mission of providing high-quality, career-oriented education to those who seek it—in particular, students who have traditionally lacked access to higher education.
Previously, at Case Western Reserve University, Vandenbosch was an associate dean and associate professor at the Weatherhead School of Management, where she earned three awards for excellence in teaching. She also worked at McKinsey & Co., Systemhouse Ltd., and Xerox Canada.
In addition to teaching awards, Vandenbosch has received accolades from organizations such as the Academy of Management Meetings (Top Three Paper Award). Her doctoral dissertation was honored with the International Conference on IS Doctoral Dissertation Award, bestowed annually on the best doctoral dissertation in its field worldwide as judged by a panel of 10 international IT scholars.
Vandenbosch’s dissertation also received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grant of $60,000 and a SUNCOR Doctoral Fellowship grant of $15,000. She has collaborated on research projects awarded grants totaling $2.1 million from organizations including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Society for Information Management Advanced Practices.
Vandenbosch is the author of Designing Solutions for Your Business Problems, a guide for resolving complex issues and creating new opportunities in business. She also contributed to Managing as Designing and to Transforming Health Care Through Information: Case Studies. She has published in peer-reviewed academic journals in the fields of business, management, and technology, including: Journal of Management Studies; Accounting, Organizations, and Society; MIS Quarterly; and Information Systems Research. Vandenbosch has participated in numerous international conferences, most recently delivering the keynote address, “Skilling the Workforce,” at the Committee for Economic Development’s Spring Policy Conference in 2016.
She currently serves on the board of the Presidents’ Forum, an organization of national, accredited institutions devoted to addressing the needs of adult learners through online education.
Vandenbosch earned her PhD (Business Administration/MIS), MBA, and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Western University. She currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.