American Sentinel University Appoints Geospatial Technology Educator Dr. Stephen McElroy as GIS Program Chair

AURORA, Colo. – June 27, 2012 – American Sentinel University, a leading online university accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, today announced that Dr. Stephen McElroy has joined the university as geographic information systems (GIS) program chair effective June 18, 2012.

In his new position, Dr. McElroy will be working with the American Sentinel information technology academic team to enhance the university’s geospatial technology programs and integrate geospatial learning materials throughout American Sentinel’s curriculum.

Previously, Dr. McElroy was the assistant director of the cartography and geospatial technologies department for Statistical Research, Inc. in Tucson, Arizona.

Dr. McElroy holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the University of Cincinnati, a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Arizona and a doctorate in geography from the joint program at San Diego State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also holds a geographic information systems professional certification from the GIS Certification Institute and an educational teaching certificate from the State of Arizona.

Academic studies and employment have taken Dr. McElroy to field assignments in South America, Central America and Europe. His work experience includes analytical research projects for various governmental agencies and civilian companies, as well as program development and faculty assignments for various schools throughout the southwestern U.S.

Dr. McElroy is a published writer and his research has focused on geographic and geospatial technology topics.

“As a designated geographic information systems professional (GISP), Dr. McElroy demonstrates a commitment to high quality education, professional development and community involvement in the geospatial field,” says Dr. Devon A. Cancilla, dean, business and technology at American Sentinel University. “In addition to leading the geospatial programs at American Sentinel, Dr. McElroy will be responsible for integrating geospatial concepts and practice into each of the university’s programs to provide students in every discipline the opportunity to understand how geospatial approaches can be used to enhance their professional and civic lives. We are honored to welcome Dr. McElroy to the American Sentinel University academic team.”

About American Sentinel University

American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited associate, bachelor’s and master’s online degree programs focused on the needs of high-growth sectors, including information technology, computer science, GIS, computer information systems and business intelligence degrees. The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.