Roger Dalton

American National University
Roanoke, VA

Roger DaltonVice President of Government Affairs, American National University, Roanoke, Virginia

Roger is a senior-level manager with American National University, headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia. His 35 + years of management and leadership experience include international service organizations, non-profit associations, local government, and proprietary adult education. He began his career with National College in 1995. His current responsibilities include developing and managing all government relations activities for National's 28 campuses in 6 states, as well as at the Federal level.His widely diverse experience in the career college sector has allowed Roger to develop a unique understanding of the challenges facing our sector and more importantly, the specific needs of the student. His background includes:

  • More than 30 years in the classroom as an adjunct instructor.
  • Two years as a campus director, managing day-today school operations
  • Ten years as marketing director for a multi-campus, multi-state career college system, focusing on developing and communicating the specific messages of value and academic quality delivered by career colleges.
  • Thirteen years of government and legislative affairs experience at the state and Federal levels, advocating for regulatory and legislative reform for the benefit of career college students.
  • Extensive work in International non-profit leadership in South Korea, Southern Europe and the Mediterranean.

Roger's efforts as Marketing Director for National College provided the foundation for the rapid growth of the college from 15 campuses in 3 states to its current configuration of 28 campuses in 6 states.In addition to his career with National College, Roger has been significantly involved in community service work, having served as:

In addition to his career with National College, Roger has been significantly involved in community service work, having served as:

  • Two-term Chairman of the Western Virginia Workforce Development Board
  • Chamber of Commerce Board President
  • Economic Development Partnership executive committee
  • Two-term President of Board of Trustees for regional arts organization
  • Years of volunteer and leadership experience in Church and human service organizations


  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Guilford College (Greensboro, North Carolina)
  • Master of Public Affairs, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Greensboro, North Carolina)



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