Executive Staff

Chris Montagnino

Chief Executive Officer, Educators Serving Educators
Vice President for Extended Education, Excelsior College


BS in Political Science, University of Texas at El Paso
Master's in Political Science, University of Texas at El Paso
Master's in Organizational Management, University of Phoenix

Chris joined Excelsior College in 2013, as Associate Vice President for Extended Education and Chief Executive Officer for Educators Serving Educators. In her current role, she is Vice President for Extended Education and remains the CEO of Educators Serving Educators. Chris is responsible for managing Excelsior College's Extended Education division, referred to as the innovation incubator for the college. Her portfolio includes the Center for Professional Development, Center for Educational Measurement, Educators Serving Educators, and Outreach & Access. Chris' role at Excelsior includes serving on the Brand Strategy, Workforce Development, Diversification & Growth, and Executive Leadership Committees.

Beyond her responsibilities at Excelsior, Chris has held many active roles in the community. She currently serves on the board for the Guide Dog Foundation in Smithtown, NY. Chris served as an Executive Board member with the Greater Madison Urban League, Board Member at the Dayton, OH Urban League. Chris is an active member in the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Prior to joining Excelsior, Chris held numerous positions in the higher education field. Most recently, she served as Regional Vice President for Herzing University. In addition to this role, Chris also served as President of Herzing University's flagship campus in Madison, Wisconsin. Prior to her roles with Herzing University, Chris also spent 15 years with the University of Phoenix, 10 of which included serving as Director of Enrollment for the Little Rock and Boston Campuses and 5 years as Campus Director for the Cincinnati, Dayton, and Northern Kentucky Campuses.

In addition, Chris is a faculty member, teaching online general education courses in political science, gender studies, and race. Chris is currently working on her dissertation toward her Doctorate in Management, Organizational Leadership.

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