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Steven C. Combs, PhD earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Southern California with a dual degree in Political Science and Communication. He completed a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies at the University of Kansas and earned his doctorate in Communication Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Combs most recently served as the President and CEO of the Maryland University of Integrative Health. While there, he led a significant enrollment increase and substantially improved University finances. Dr. Combs championed student-centricity, creating new financial aid opportunities, establishing a career center, and overseeing new advising and counseling services. Dr. Combs promoted significant upgrades in technology and physical spaces as well as new University planning processes. Additionally, he led the development of six new academic programs and new University strategic partnerships.
He is a life-long learner who strives for excellence and recognizes the importance of teamwork. He is mission-driven and student-centric. His background in communication enables him to make substantial contributions in fund-raising, marketing, and organizational communication. Dr. Combs strive to develop and empower team members. His decision-making processes are collaborative and transparent. He supports and nurtures a collegial campus committed to student success and a bold, supportive, and effective organizational culture committed to continuous improvement, strategic planning, and timely innovation. A centerpiece of that culture is created, which he fosters by removing barriers, encouraging, a growth mindset, and insisting on collaboration and transparency.