Arthur Keiser, Ph.D.
Chancellor Keiser University
For more than 45 years, Dr. Arthur Keiser has served the higher education community in various capacities on national and state levels. Currently in his third term, he is a member and the former Chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI). In May 2022, Dr. Keiser was appointed to the Board of Control for Southern Regional Education by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. 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 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.
A tireless leader for students and an expert in higher education accreditation, Dr. Keiser has been cited by numerous publications and has received many awards and recognitions. In 2022, Dr. Keiser was recognized by the South Florida Business Journal (SFBJ) as one of the Top 250 Power Leaders in South Florida and a SFBJ Power Leader in Education, an honor he has earned in each of the last three years, in addition to being named the SFBJ’s Ultimate CEO. Dr. Keiser has also been named a Florida 500 Living Legend by Florida Trend Magazine and earned the prestigious International Academy of Business and Economics award for his support of business research in the academic community.
Keiser University was co-founded by Dr. Keiser in 1977 and currently has an annual economic impact of $3 billion in Florida, 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 nearly 20,000 students and 100,000 alumni, and employs more than 3,800 team members. With state and national rankings that include No. 1 in the USA in Social Mobility by U.S. News and World Report (2023), No. 2 for 4-year graduation rates (private, nonprofit, nonresidential campuses) by The Chronicle of Higher Education (2022-23), No. 29 Best Hispanic Serving Institution by Niche (2022), 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 while addressing the talent needs of Florida.
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 26 athletic programs, which are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and The Sun Conference, two club sports programs, and four developmental sports programs. The Seahawks have won 16 NAIA National Championships and were the recipients of the 2020-21 Learfield Cup awarded annually to the NAIA team with the best outcomes in athletic competition and in the classroom.
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.