University President and CEO
Paul Pastorek was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of the University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC) in February 2021. Prior to that, he served as Interim CEO and President, overseeing UAGC’s acquisition and transition of Ashford University in 2020. An advocate for students’ educational access and success throughout his career, Paul previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Loyola University New Orleans. Paul served as Louisiana’s Superintendent of Education from 2007 to 2011, leading the overhaul of New Orleans’ public schools after Hurricane Katrina, and achieving notable and sustainable gains in academic improvement statewide. Prior to his service in higher education, Paul was General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. government operations of Airbus; he was appointed by President George W. Bush as General Counsel to NASA headquarters in Washington D.C.; and he was Governor Mike Foster’s appointee to Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education from1996 to 2004. Paul has a Juris Doctor degree and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Loyola University New Orleans. He serves on several nonprofit education boards, including National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, CenterPoint Education Solutions (curriculum and interim assessments), and The New Teacher Project (Human Capital solutions).