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Nancy Salzman

Dean of Extended Education – Brandman University, Irvine

OC METRO's Hot 25 for 2011Published: November 01, 2011

Status: Married with two adult children
Your fantasy occupation: National park ranger
Hot Factor: Nancy Salzman took over as dean two years ago. Today the school offers unique new degree programs.

Brandman University may not be as well known as its sister school, Chapman University in Orange, but it’s a busy place, with some 10,000 students spread out at dozens of campuses across the country, and another 16,000 in extended education, the area Nancy Salzman now heads as dean. She has developed many strategic community partnerships that have evolved into in-demand programs. For example: a new degree program for firefighters, a law enforcement leadership program for the Orange County Sheriffs Department, new military-related programs, an autism program for teachers and a new health and wellness curriculum. Extended education, she says, means different things to so many people.
   
“We get students who have returned to school to improve their skills for better jobs,” Salzman explains. “Some have returned because of the recession and the poor job market, and they want to improve their prospects for getting hired. ... It’s been just a delight to see the growth of Brandman,” she says.

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