Cindy Wheatley, PH.D.
SVP of Research
Florida State University, Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature
University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Master of Arts in English Literature
Florida State University, Doctor of Philosophy in English
Cindy Wheatley works closely with the program management team to target and qualify the right programs with the right partners. Leveraging reliable market data and analytics, Cindy assists Keypath Education in identifying partner potential in high-growth markets to maximize enrollment and retention.
What do you bring to Keypath Education as Senior Vice President of Research?
With more than 25 years of experience in higher education and 14 years in online learning, I have a strong commitment to delivering degree programs that are academically sound and accessible to the widest possible audience. I understand the importance of making data-driven decisions, for both Keypath Education and its institutional partners. I have extensive experience in conducting research in the education market that is actionable and predictive. One of my great joys is to work with faculty and administrators to help them understand online learning and how it can transform their institution.
How do you measure your success?
I am successful if Keypath Education has the data necessary to become a trusted advisor for its potential partners and existing partners. My goal is to equip those who are partner-facing with the tools they need to thoroughly understand the higher education market and make good business decisions with our academic partners. I am successful if we launch and grow strong programs with satisfied partners.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned in business?
Maintaining professional integrity and nurturing relationships are important for building trust, especially when working with educators. “They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
What excites you about higher education?
Everything! I knew I wanted to be a professor when I was 16 years old and have been following that dream ever since. For me, education isn’t just a career – it’s a calling. I am passionate about learning in any form, but I am especially committed to providing access to higher education for those who might not otherwise be able to attend college because of their life circumstances.
What’s the one hobby you couldn’t live without?
I am a voracious reader. I can’t imagine living without books!
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