TCS Education System Appoints New Chief Academic Officer


Dr. Jack Paduntin has been appointed TCS Education System Chief Academic Officer (CAO) effective immediately, supporting all TCS partner college CAOs System-wide. Dr. Paduntin joined TCS in August 2017 as vice president of academic affairs, and has since worked to advance student success and key initiatives across the System including the launch of a new academic assessment support process for affiliate colleges, and his service as Interim Pacific Oaks Academic Dean earlier this year.

“From the time he joined us, Jack has been an instrumental champion of Radical Cooperation,” says TCS President, Dr. Michael Horowitz. “He has earned the confidence and collegiality of our multi-disciplinary team at every level of the organization, having successfully led the Office of Institutional Research (OIR), Academic Program Implementation, Compliance & Records (APICR), Library & Information Resources, Instructional Design, and Educational Technology teams since late last year.”

During his tenure to date, Dr. Paduntin has seamlessly leveraged his expertise to help TCS colleges thrive, from his vital support of Saybrook University’s WSCUC accreditation visit and Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law’s Hybrid JD program WSCUC sub-change preparation, to hands-on academic integration support for Dallas Nursing Institute and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology programming.

Dr. Paduntin holds a Doctor of Business Administration with a concentration in Strategic Management from Alliant International University, and an M.B.A. from the University of Dallas in Texas. Prior to his tenure with TCS, he has held several higher education leadership roles, including vice president for academic initiatives at John F. Kennedy University, as associate dean at California State University, as associate vice chancellor at National University System, and as president at National University International.