Arthur Keiser, Ph.D. Chancellor Keiser University
Arthur Keiser, Ph.D. is Chancellor and CEO of Keiser University.
As the Chancellor of Keiser University, Arthur Keiser. Ph.D., oversees and manages all operations at Keiser’s 21 Florida campuses, three international campuses, two in China and the other in Nicaragua, as well as the graduate and online school. Under Dr. Keiser’s four-plus decades of leadership, Keiser University, a private not-for-profit university, has become Florida’s largest independent university and is regionally accredited as Level VI by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS).
Dr. Keiser earned his doctorate in higher education administration at the Union Institute and University Graduate School, where he wrote his dissertation, “Benchmarking in Private Career Schools: A Preliminary Empirical Investigation in the Establishment of Quantitative Strategic Indicators in this Specialized Postsecondary Education Sector.” As a tireless advocate for students, he has given numerous presentations and published many articles and reports on various subjects related to private career-focused schools and not-for-profit institutions.
Dr. Keiser has served the higher education community in various capacities on national and state levels. Currently in his third term, he is the Chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). He is a current officer for the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) and has also served as Chairman of both the Board of Directors for Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) and the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). Dr. Keiser is a former member of the Jacob K. Javits Fellows Program Fellowship Board and a gubernatorial appointee to the Florida Board of Independent Colleges and Universities and the State Board of Independent Postsecondary, Vocational, Technical, Trade and Business Schools. Dr. Keiser has, also, served as President of the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC). He is a former team leader for the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools Accrediting Commission and was a member of the Appeals Panel.
Among many awards he has received over his life’s work, Dr. Keiser has been recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as the Ultimate CEO and a 2019 Power 250 Leader, by Florida Trend Magazine as a Florida 500 Living Legend, and earned the prestigious International Academy of Business and Economics award for his support of business research in the academic community.
Keiser University is currently in its 43rd year of existence with an annual economic impact of $3 billion, resulting in approximately 30,000 direct and indirect Florida jobs. Beginning with just one student and two employees, Keiser University today offers more than 100 doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees, has over 20,000 students and nearly 66,000 alumni, and employs over 3,800 team members. With state and national rankings that include 8th Best University in Florida by Forbes, 3rd in Social Mobility by US News and World Report, and as winner of the national Catalyst Award by Blackboard for Training and Professional Development, Keiser University remains a leader in providing a quality education that prepares workforce-ready graduates.
Carrying out a long-term vision, Keiser University acquired its first Florida residential campus, known as Flagship, on 100 acres in West Palm Beach. The Flagship campus attracts students from across the United States and 44 countries, who are seeking world-class academics, personalized campus experience and competitive intercollegiate athletics. Keiser University athletics boasts 25 athletic programs which are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and The Sun Conference (SSC). Recently, Keiser became the first team in the Sun Conference to win an NAIA National Championship in women’s soccer. The men’s swimming team has earned national championship titles for three straight years. The Flagship campus is also home to the newly expanded College of Golf. South Florida’s first College of Chiropractic Medicine is located nearby at Keiser University’s West Palm Beach campus and in 2018, Keiser University opened its 21st campus in Naples, Florida, primarily focused on master’s and doctoral degrees in nurse anesthesia, among a variety of healthcare degrees.
In addition to a focus on rigorous academics and practical skills training as part of the curriculum, Dr. Keiser sets the example for Keiser University students and team members that community service is a responsibility. Established partnerships and contributions of volunteer hours and resources are too numerous to mention, but a few that are dear to him and the campus communities include: the American Diabetes Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, March of Dimes Foundation, First Tee, American Heart Association, Susan G. Komen Foundation and Soldier Rush.
Dr. Keiser resides in Parkland, Florida with his wife Belinda, who is Vice Chancellor of Community Relations and Student Advancement at Keiser University. Their son, Robert, holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from George Washington University, and serves as the Executive Director of Southeastern College and Southeastern Institute.
Mrs. Percy and Mr. Williams believed in me. They were more than instructors, they tried to get to know you as a person and tried to understand your goals so they could push you towards them. And Mrs. Crawford from student services helped me find a job before I even graduated. She was dedicated to my overall success.
Going to Keiser University was one of the greatest experiences in my life. All of my deans, professors, and staff made me feel that I was a part of something very special, and I am. I would recommend for anyone to get their education at Keiser University.
The two instructors that have impacted my life are Mr. Williams and Mrs. Percy. Both of them believed in my ability to become a great graphic designer, regardless of how I felt about my skills. I appreciate their motivation to get me to where I am today.
Beyond the curriculum of the courses, the lessons the instructors have taught me have paid dividends in my real work experiences. How to respond to criticisms, project and time management, interview skills, the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, they not only showed me how to design, but they taught me how to be a professional.
If not for my education at Keiser I probably would not be where I am today, in both life and career. It is because of going to Keiser and the instructors I had that I joined a club started by Mr. Williams, The Lakeland Shooters Photography Group, which allowed me to venture into an amazing and very creative field that I use to enhance all aspects of my life.
The Design program at Keiser University was filled with real world learning and hands on instruction… Based on the portfolio I created while a student at Keiser University, I landed a job in Graphic Design for a major online retailer immediately after graduation.
The year and a half I spent in the program better prepared me for attaining a job in the field…As a hands-on learner, the project-centered teaching was perfect for me.
Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…
Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!
I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.
I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.
Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose. The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.
It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University. Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors. The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.
Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made. The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly. The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.
I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you. I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.
After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education. Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.
Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I had been going to another school before, I dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.
My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.
The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.
I found that Keiser University’s Nuclear Medicine program of advanced studies and small class size was a perfect fit. I never came across a faculty member who wasn’t truly interested.