Dr. Jeffrey Allen has been an innovative leader driving the quality delivery of educational and social services over the last 25 years. He believes in creating a community of shared values and goals. Through community and relationship building, he has guided organizations to create solutions, and overcome barriers to success.
Dr. Allen has held positions as a college President, academic leadership positions at The Art Institutes International and National American University and leadership positions providing services to people with disabilities. He works diligently to provide students learning and professional development opportunities to make their lives and their community better. Dr. Allen’s approach to community and relationship building began when he led support programs providing more independence for people with disabilities and mental health issues. He developed one of the first residential non institutional programs in Minnesota for people with traumatic head injury. He has written about the reciprocal relationships between the caregiver and the person receiving care and the personal growth with emerges from this relationship. This experience for Dr. Allen has led to his ideas of community building, shared values and personal responsibility in a responsive community. These actions are catalysts to the growth of human capital and innovation, leading people and organizations to overcome barriers to success. He currently is a Board Member for two nonprofit organizations; 2build 4ward International Organization and Vesper College. In his spare time he raises bees, taps maple trees for syrup, practices edible landscaping and acetylene welding.
Dr. Jeffrey Allen has earned a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration, Higher Education from the University of Minnesota. He also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching, Social Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is also a Licensed Independent Social Worker and holds certification to teach Social Studies grades 7-12 in the state of Minnesota.