Dr. Paul Prestwich is a college president and an expert on leadershipÂ and student success.Â During his extensive career in higher education, heÂ has successfully led thousands of students and staffâ€”as a mentor, advisor, and teacherâ€”on their journey toward excellence.
Dr. Prestwich has had an interesting relationship with higher education. Just aÂ year after receiving a combination of academic scholarships that gave him aÂ â€œfree rideâ€? to college, his poor grades placed him on academic suspensionÂ (thatâ€™s â€œkicked outâ€? to the lay person) and thus he became academically adrift. Although knocked down, he wasnâ€™t knocked out. He switched colleges, got a new attitude (more class attendance and much less ping pong), and ultimately earned a B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado, an M.S. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Prestwich became a university dean at age 30 and, at age 41, became one of the youngest college presidents in the nation (Northwest CollegeÂ in beautiful northwest Wyoming). His work experience encompasses virtually every type of college and university, including four-year and two-year, large and small, public and private, urban and ruralÂ â€” from community colleges to the Ivy League.
An accomplished writer, Dr. Prestwich is the author of two highly acclaimed books:Â Leadership Lessons You Won't Learn in the ClassroomÂ andÂ College Success Lessons You Won't Learn in the ClassroomÂ and is co-author of the best-selling bookÂ Nothing But Net.
Because of the significant time he spends with college students, Paul understands student concerns and needs in a way few executive leaders do. One of his favorite ways to interact with students is through his popular â€œPizza with the Prezâ€? events. At his college, â€œDr. Pâ€? visits every residence hall each semesterâ€”with lots of pizza and soda in handâ€”to sit and chat with students about their collegiate experience.
Dr. Prestwichâ€™s talks on leadership and student success have earned rave reviews from students and staff whose lives have been changed for the better. His ability to motivate and teachâ€”in a fun, interactive wayâ€”makes a lasting impression on students, faculty, and staff.
After seeing Dr. Prestwich in action, youâ€™ll see why your students and staff will want him to come back to your institution time after time!
"I've known Paul for many years â€” he's approachable,Â
upbeat, andÂ engaging. HisÂ positive attitudeÂ is contagious!"
â€” Ron Paul
Character Education Institute
California University of Pennsylvania
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