About the Interim President
Patricia E. Potter
Ms. Patricia Potter brought more than 25 years of combined experience in higher education when she was appointed Interim President of National University in April 2009.
Ms. Potter came to National University in 1996, serving as Vice President in the areas of Education Services, Advancement and Business Development, and Marketing and Regional operations. With the development of the National University System, she was promoted to Vice Chancellor and has overseen System Communications, Pre-College Programs and most recently, System Operations. Ms. Potter has also consistently served in leadership roles in the WASC and strategic planning processes, chairing President’s and Chancellor’s Commissions and spearheading numerous other System initiatives.
In prior roles at National University, Ms. Potter has overseen the development of significant business partnerships, the creation of marketing initiatives to drive enrollments, been charged with oversight responsibilities for government relations, and compliance and accreditation issues, System communications including all print, broadcast, web and public relations initiatives, and a variety of other operational issues.
As Vice President of Regional Operations and Marketing, Ms. Potter managed the operations of all campuses and was responsible for strategically positioning the System entities to develop and offer academic programs responsive to the needs of the market. She led the University’s Baldrige Quality Award efforts, and under her leadership, National University won two “Eureka” awards (also know as baby Baldrige) from the California Council on Excellence, for its quality initiatives.
Under her leadership, the System’s marketing and advertising operations garnered numerous national awards for its marketing and communications work including gold and silver medals from the prestigious Council for the Support and Advancement of Education (CASE), the “Oscars” of higher education advertising, graphics, and print design and publication.
In addition to her higher education experience, Ms. Potter has held a number of executive-level, business and product development positions for publicly held, international, management development, and consulting and seminar companies. In each position, she had direct P & L responsibility. From 1994 to 1996, she served as Managing Director of the American Management Association. She also held a variety of positions with Padgett-Thompson from 1984 to 1994, including Vice President of International Operations & Business Management, Vice President of Program Development, and Director of Program Development.
Before joining National University, Ms. Potter’s prior higher education experience came with Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. where she served from 1973 to 1983 in a variety of administrative positions.
Ms. Potter holds a Master’s of Business Administration with a specialization in Electronic Business from National University. She graduated cum laude from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in American History. She has been in the doctoral program in Colonial History at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and is a Ph.D. candidate in Business Administration at North Central University in Phoenix, Arizona. Ms. Potter has also studied at the School of Business at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Potter has served in a leadership role in numerous higher education capacities, including: a Fellowship in Historical Editing from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation at William & Mary Quarterly; California Joint Commission to Update the Master Plan for Education, K-16, appointed by the State Senate to serve on the Professional Personnel Working Group; Member of the eCollege Advisory Board; Leadership America, graduate, Class of 2001; and Leadership California, graduate, Class of 1999.
Ms. Potter’s extensive community service includes terms with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Roundtable for Education, Economic Development Council Workforce Partnership Committee, The Muirlands Foundation Board; the Chicano Federation of San Diego County, Inc., 2005 Gala Committee; Gala Chair 2005 California Chicano News Media Association; Women Together Board, 2006-2003 Fundraising Committee; Neighborhood House Gala Committee, 2004, 2005; Kyoto Laureate Prize Symposium Gala Committee, 2004, 2005; Union of Pan Asian Communities Corporate Committee, 2005; La Jolla High School “Havana Bowl” Fundraising, 2003; LEAD San Diego, Board Member, 2005-2007, Executive Committee member, 2006; San Diego TWIN award recipient; finalist “Women Who Mean Business” award; and International Education Research Foundation (IERF) Board Member, 2006 to date.
Patricia and her husband, Vadim Levitin, have three grown children and live in San Diego with their two dogs.