In April 2012, Dr. Roger H. Sublett celebrated his ninth anniversary as Union Institute & University’s president. He first joined Union Institute & University as interim vice president for national undergraduate programs in 2001, and a year later was appointed as the university’s chief operating officer. After conducting a national search, the Union Institute & University Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Dr. Sublett as university president in 2003.
Before joining Union, Dr. Sublett served as the director of the Leading from the Heart.
Dr. Sublett’s prior positions include associate vice president for Academic Affairs, dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, and director of special programs in the College of Alternative Programs, all at the University of Evansville. He began his career in higher education as a professor of history at Oakland City College in Indiana. He earned his B.S.E. and M.A. degrees from the University of Arkansas, and his Ph.D. with a focus on American history from Tulane University in New Orleans.
Dr. Sublett recently completed a three-year term as chair of the Commission on Lifelong Learning at the American Council on Education, and serves on the President’s Forum for the Transparency by Design initiative, which addresses accountability in education. Additionally, the chancellor for education in Ohio, Eric Fingerhut, recently named Dr. Sublett to a new committee addressing adult education. Dr. Sublett serves several boards, including Hospice Cincinnati and the International Leadership Association. He was a senior fellow in the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland, as well as a senior scholar at the Center for Ethical Leadership, Seattle, WA. In the past, he has served as executive vice president for the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) and as president of the Coalition for Adult Education Organizations (CAEO). Dr. Sublett is also a frequent speaker, convener, and advocate in areas of adult and continuing education and leadership.
As a leader with a passion for history, Dr. Sublett strives to uphold the university’s nearly 50-year tradition as an innovator and change agent in higher education and foster shared values of “integrity, diversity, and flexibility.” Dr. Sublett lives Cincinnati with his wife, Dr. Cynthia Sublett; they have three grown daughters.