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Sacramento, Calif – ย– Drexel University has announced the appointment of Nancy Thompson as its Director of Recruitment for Drexel’s new Sacramento Center for Graduate Studies.

‘I am delighted to welcome Nancy Thompson to the Drexel family,’ said Carl ‘Tobey’ Oxholm III, the University’s Senior Vice President and Dean and CEO of the Sacramento Graduate Center. ‘Nancy’s career in higher education has been focused on the working adult.  She realizes first-hand how innovative Drexel’s approaches are, and how they will ensure that our students who face challenging personal and professional obligations have the maximum opportunity to succeed in a nationally top-ranked master’s program.’

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A Granite Bay resident, Thompson brings 18 years of marketing and recruitment experience to Drexel. Most recently she was the Director of Graduate External Programs at California State University, Sacramento. While at CSUS, Thompson implemented marketing and management changes that led to a dramatic increase in student enrollment and program revenue.

Prior to her work at CSUS, Thompson spent several years as the Director of the Working Professional MBA Program at UC Davis and was instrumental in getting the program established in San Ramon. She was previously the Site Coordinator for the Degree Completion Program at San Jose Christian College’s Rocklin campus, now William Jessup University.

‘There is a tremendous amount of excitement regarding Drexel’s decision to bring its unique brand of education to the Sacramento region,’ Thompson said. ‘The Center for Graduate Studies is an ideal place for working professionals who are seeking to position themselves for leadership and success. There is truly nothing else like it in the Valley.  I’m thrilled to be able to present that message to prospective students all over Northern California.’

The Center, a 20,000 square-foot facility at One Capitol Mall, offers higher education at the cutting edge.  Its classrooms have been outfitted with $1 million in state-of-the-art technology that brings the world to the Center and makes classes and presentations available on the Web and via podcast.

Drexel is offering 10 master’s programs and one doctoral program at the heart of Greater Sacramento’s growth and economic development initiatives ย— entrepreneurial business, information science, engineering, health care, and education ย— as well as the leadership skills the region’s business, non-profit, and government sectors are seeking. 

The Center for Graduate Studies’ initial master’s programs started in January 2009 and include: Business Administration, Higher Education, Information Systems, and Library and Information Science.

In September 2009, the university will add six master’s programs in: Engineering Management; Nursing Education & Faculty Role; Nursing Leadership in Health Systems Management; Public Health; Science of Instruction; Human Resource Development; and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration.

Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is one of the largest private universities and is ranked as one of the nation’s most innovative universities by US News & World Report. Drexel is widely recognized for its focus on experiential learning through its co-operative education program, technology and use-inspired research.

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