Alumni testimonials

What do graduates of our Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership think about their experiences at the University of Dayton? Read insights from our alumni below:

List of Ph.D. in Educational Leadership alumni (1992-present) (pdf) >>


Rusty Clifford

Superintendent, West Carrollton City Schools

Named 2013 Ohio School Superintendent of the Year by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators

A University of Dayton Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership is a life-changing, career-enhancing opportunity and an experience of a lifetime. It exponentially links scholar and practitioner – leadership and learners – innovation and sustainability. This doctoral program is not for the “light-hearted.” It is rigorous, stimulating, challenging, rewarding, character building, enlightening, relevant, empowering, systematic, energizing, and purposeful. My doctoral experience at UD was and has been, without a doubt, the pinnacle of my 41 years in education, and I’m just getting warmed up. The professors are demanding, dedicated, caring, and focused on student success. The support and resources are extensive and accessible. Since 1998, I think, read, write, reason, communicate, process, synthesize, and create in ways I never would have imagined. You will never work harder but never be more satisfied and fulfilled with the outcome – a Ph.D. from the University of Dayton.

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David L. Collins

Interim Senior Vice President and Provost, Sinclair College

The Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership at the University of Dayton was challenging and rewarding. I appreciated the rigor of the curriculum, the expertise and dedication of the faculty, and the diverse backgrounds of the classmates in my cohort. The program assisted me in further developing my writing, research and critical thinking skills, which are essential attributes for any leadership position. I credit the Ph.D. program with preparing me to serve in key leadership roles at Kettering College and Sinclair College.

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Steven Hinshaw

Finance Director, City of Centerville (Centerville, Ohio)

The Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership at the University of Dayton was a positive, life-changing experience for me. The faculty challenged me to think creatively and to think about problems from a perspective of service, justice, and peace. I still use these critical thinking skills today and often reflect on my time at UD – even a decade after graduation. The program is flexible enough to allow students to pursue their individual interests, and I always felt supported and encouraged at every step of the process, from initial application to graduation. If you are looking for a university that educates students to adapt and change in this dynamic world, then this is the place for you.

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DeAnn Hurtado

Associate Dean, Sinclair College, Courseview Campus

My time in the Ph.D. program at the University of Dayton was both challenging and rewarding. I was able to make professional connections to other doctoral students that continue to afford opportunities to publish and present in various areas. Although the program was rigorous, there was ample support from professors and fellow students which allowed me to succeed and to complete the program in a timely manner and to earn a degree of which I am proud. I have encouraged several friends and co-workers to take advantage of the excellent opportunity that UD affords to complete a high quality Ph.D. to help expand their career opportunities.

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