Paula Singer was appointed president of Walden University in August 2021.
In her role as president of Walden University, Singer focuses on enhancing the end-to-end Walden student experience, expanding access to flexible degree program options, and ensuring student success through graduation and career growth.
Prior to joining Walden’s parent company, Adtalem, Singer served in several executive leadership roles since joining Laureate Education in 1993, including chief of learning and innovation and becoming the first chief network officer (CNO). In these roles, she was responsible for extending collaboration, innovation, and best practices of faculty and staff throughout Laureate’s prior network of 80 institutions of higher education in 28 countries, which benefited more than one million students. As president and CEO of Laureate Global Products and Services, Singer led its portfolio of international online institutions and offerings, U.S. campus-based institutions, and worldwide institutions in hospitality management and art and design.
Prior to joining Laureate, Singer was the president of Sylvan Education Solutions (now Catapult Learning), where she led the educational support services division. She formerly held several senior positions at the American Learning Corporation, a subsidiary of Encyclopedia Britannica, including vice president of marketing, executive vice president of operations, and general manager.
She is an advisor for the Board of Directors of Business Volunteers Unlimited and was an advisory board member for the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Singer previously served on the Goucher College Board of Directors, was part of an advisory group for the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, and was chair of the National School Board Foundation.
Singer earned a BS in Education from the University of Connecticut, where she was the first education major to be selected for the prestigious University Scholar program. She received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Walden University in 2016 in recognition of her lifetime contributions to K-12 and higher education in the U.S. and beyond. She also holds an advanced certificate as a Montessori teacher from the American Montessori Society.