Dr. Bill Pepicello, former President of University of Phoenix to keynote 2016 ICDE Presidents’ Summit


Dr. Bill Pepicello, former president of the University of Phoenix, will keynote the 2016 ICDE Presidents Summit to be held in Sydney, Australia, 20-23 November.

Dr. Pepicello’s keynote, entitled Form Follows Function: What Institutions and leaders will need to look like in the future to ensure quality in higher education, will discuss the anachronistic structure that has put higher education out of step with the rest of society and suggest how the current model must be transformed to align with the needs of today’s students. Aligned with the theme of this year’s summit, Bill will focus on critical issues about what the future holds for higher education leadership, quality and business models with an emphasis on open, distance, online and flexible learning.


Bill Pepicello has been a leader in higher education for 40 years. He holds the M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics from Brown University. He served as an assistant professor of English at University of Delaware, Department Chair for Classics at Temple University, and Southern California Regional Dean for National University. As the President of the University of Sarasota, he led the team that transformed that institution into what is today Argosy University and secured regional accreditation for the newly formed university.

Bill served University of Phoenix for almost two decades and helped guide the University through the transition from a degree completion institution to a comprehensive university, serving students from associate through doctoral levels. He was the founding dean of both the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Advanced Studies at the University.

He led the physical expansion of the University into more than 40 states and oversaw the development of what would become the largest online presence in North America. In 2006 Bill became the sixth President of the University of Phoenix, and as such was responsible for the leadership of the largest private university in the United States. He retired in 2014.

Bill has written and lectured widely on the topics of online education, for-profit higher education, leadership, and the changing landscape of American higher education. He has also served as a peer reviewer for a regional accrediting body and sat on the Arizona Private Postsecondary Education Commission. For six years he sat on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity under the U.S. Department of education.

Register for the summit and find out more on the summit website portal here: http://uimagine.edu.au/icde/