Dr. Paul Prestwich is a college president and an expert on leadership and student success. During his extensive career in higher education, he has successfully led thousands of students and staff—as a mentor, advisor, and teacher—on their journey toward excellence.
Dr. Prestwich has had an interesting relationship with higher education. Just a year after receiving a combination of academic scholarships that gave him a “free ride” to college, his poor grades placed him on academic suspension (that’s “kicked out” to the lay person) and thus he became academically adrift. Although knocked down, he wasn’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 College 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 rural — from community colleges to the Ivy League.
An accomplished writer, Dr. Prestwich is the author of two highly acclaimed books: Leadership Lessons You Won't Learn in the Classroom and College Success Lessons You Won't Learn in the Classroom and is co-author of the best-selling book 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 “Pizza with the Prez” events. At his college, “Dr. P” visits every residence hall each semester—with lots of pizza and soda in hand—to sit and chat with students about their collegiate experience.
Dr. Prestwich’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 teach—in a fun, interactive way—makes a lasting impression on students, faculty, and staff.
After seeing Dr. Prestwich in action, you’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 — he's approachable,
upbeat, and engaging. His positive attitude is contagious!"
— Ron Paul
Character Education Institute
California University of Pennsylvania
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