Renée Herzing is the President & CEO of Herzing University. Herzing consists of Herzing University’s 11 U.S. campuses in 8 states, its Online Division, and its Continuing Education Division, as well as Herzing College Canada's 4 campuses in 3 provinces.
Herzing University offers career-focused undergraduate and graduate programs in business, technology, health care, public safety and design. With robust online offerings, Herzing serves a national and international student body. Through its Continuing Education Division, Herzing provides focused technical and business training for corporations and government agencies. Herzing was founded in 1965 with 12 students and has since grown to approximately 8,000 students. Herzing University is the only private-sector university headquartered in the state of Wisconsin.
Herzing has a unique focus of aligning its educational offerings with the needs of employers in the communities served by its campuses; it actively involves employers in the curriculum review process through involvement on advisory boards. Supporting graduate employment is paramount and Herzing has almost 30 full-time staff dedicated solely to this purpose.
During her career at Herzing University, Renée has worked directly with students in various campus positions, including Registrar, Director of Admissions and President of the Online Campus. In addition, Renée has overseen the System’s online, strategic planning and IT initiatives. She launched the System’s Online Campus in 2003, which has grown from 100 students to over 2,200 students. After almost two decades of experience in education, Renée succeeded her father and founder of the institution, Henry Herzing, as President of the Herzing Education System on March 1, 2009.
Renée is a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), formerly the Career College Association (CCA), and Chair of its Grassroots Committee. She is on the Board of a local YMCA charter school, the Young Leaders Academy and the Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. Renée is also active in various national educational idea-sharing groups. In the business community, she is a YPO member and a member of TEMPO Milwaukee and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. In her local community, Renée supports her local park system through a citizens’ group.
A native of Milwaukee, Renée earned a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University, Honors, Cum Laude, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. After attaining her bachelor’s degree, Renée taught abroad in Scotland and Germany for nine years before completing her M.B.A. online, and joining Herzing. Outside of work, she enjoys playing rock music in a band with her husband, travelling and spending time with her two children.
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