Betty Vandenbosch, PhD
Dr. Betty Vandenbosch is an award-winning educator, author, and administrator, and the chancellor of Purdue University Global, where she oversees academics for approximately 29,000 students, most of whom earn their degrees online. Purdue Global is part of the Purdue University system, a highly ranked public research university whose flagship institution is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Prior to becoming Purdue Global chancellor, Vandenbosch was president of Kaplan University, which was acquired by Purdue in 2018.
Throughout her career, Vandenbosch has been a strong advocate for making high-quality, career-oriented education available to those who seek it—in particular, adult students who traditionally have lacked access to higher education and a clear pathway to a degree.
Vandenbosch's many achievements include more closely integrating career services into the Purdue Global student experience to assist students in achieving their career goals. In addition, she spearheaded the development of the University’s competency-based education model, ExcelTrack™, which offers students a personalized learning experience that allows them to apply their existing knowledge and training toward an accelerated degree. She has also advocated for faculty scholarship and promoted development through the use of innovative learning science to evaluate and enhance the University’s educational methods and outcomes.
Vandenbosch served in a variety of leadership positions at Kaplan University, including dean of the School of Business and Information Technology (formerly the School of Business and Management), dean of students, and provost. Prior to joining Kaplan, Vandenbosch was an associate dean and associate professor at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, where she earned three awards for excellence in teaching. She has also worked at McKinsey & Co., Systemhouse Ltd., and Xerox Canada.
Vandenbosch is the author of Designing Solutions for Your Business Problems, a guide for resolving complex issues and creating new opportunities in business. 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 as a speaker at UPCEA’s 2019 Annual Conference on “Helping Working Adults Achieve Their Personal and Career Goals” and as a panelist at the 2019 ASU-GSV Summit speaking on the topic of “Bending the Arc of Human Potential Through Radical Scaled Online Learning Models.”
Vandenbosch earned her PhD (Business Administration/MIS), MBA, and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Western University. She currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.