2017 leadership san jose: Dr. Summer Van Pelt

Dr. Summer Van Pelt

Name: Dr. Summer Van Pelt

Company: University of Phoenix, Bay Area Campus

Dr. Summer Van Pelt is the Campus Director for the University of Phoenix, Bay Area Campus. Learning Centers include: San Jose, Oakland, and Livermore.

Summer has been in the Higher Education field for over 15 years and is a strong proponent of education.

Prior to leading the Bay Area Campus, Summer spent 11 years is Asia, where she helped establish the Overseas Military Campus for the University of Phoenix and served in a variety of roles from Campus Director and Area Director, Enrollment. The learning centers were located on military bases in Okinawa, Mainland, Japan, Korea, and Guam. The campus served our military members who were stationed in the Asia/Pacific region. 

In addition to her administrative position with the University of Phoenix, Summer also serves as an Associate Faculty member for the University of Phoenix, where she teaches classes in Critical Thinking and Organizational Leadership. Summer earned her Doctorate in Management in 2009, her dissertation focused on and is entitled, “The Complexities of Leading Virtual Teams.”  

Summer currently sits on the Board of Directors for Joint Venture Silicon Valley and serves as the President for the Bay Area Diversity Council. Summer is looking forward to becoming more informed and participate in the community, causes, and endeavors to which the Leadership Group values and engages in. 

In her spare time, Summer enjoys spending time with her husband, Ian, and their dogs as well as traveling, and running marathons.

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