Dean Hoke

Mr. Hoke is Founder and Managing Partner of Edu Alliance Group, Inc. and Co-Founder of Edu Alliance Ltd. in the United Arab Emirates, which are higher education consulting firms. Dean has decades of progressively responsible and visionary leadership roles in higher education, communications & online learning. He has led numerous initiatives that have created innovation & positive change in the higher education & non-profit sector. He is a member of the United States Distance Learning Association in which he serves as President-Elect and Chairs the International Partnership Committee. He also is a member of the Berkeley College Online Advisory Board and the American Association of University Administrators.

Dean began his career in 1975 with Bellarmine University working in a variety of roles including Admissions and External Relations. In 1983 he entered the broadcasting field serving as a senior executive for PBS stations and a cable network throughout the US. In 1998 he co-founded The Connected Learning Network a full-service Online Learning company and in 2009 accepted an invitation to move to the United Arab Emirates serving in senior positions at Higher Colleges of Technology & Khalifa University before co-founding Edu Alliance in 2014.

He participates in numerous advisory & consulting projects in the fields of international education, online learning, branding, & business intelligence. He is an active speaker and writer in the field of international higher education and distance learning. He has presented and written on the field of leadership, higher education and distance learning including the United States, Turkey, Spain, Lebanon, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. You are encouraged to connect with Dean on LinkedIn

  • International Higher Education
  • Online Learning & Educational Technology
  • Executive Search
  • Business Intelligence and Development
  • Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts, Urbana University, Ohio
  • Masters in Science, University of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Certificate in Executive Management, Wharton School of Business, PA

Senthil Nathan

Dr. Nathan is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the MENA Region for Edu Alliance.  Since the founding of the company in 2014, Senthil has been involved in numerous advisory & consulting projects for higher education institutions, and investment firms . He also serves as a subject matter expert for engineering firms in the field of  campus planning. 

He joined the Higher Colleges of Technology in 1993, the largest higher education institution in the UAE with 23,000 UAE National students. He served in a variety of positions and from 2006-2103 was Deputy Vice Chancellor / Vice Provost for Planning & Administration. He has been involved in numerous advisory and consulting roles in education / training & development engagements to a multitude of clients in the United Arab Emirates, Canada, The United States, Africa, and India and speaks on the current issues of higher education in the Middle East.

Dr. Nathan in 2014 received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the National Institute of Technology in India by the former President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam and he is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Livingston University in Uganda.  In addition to his Ph.D. in engineering from Rice University, Senthil has completed executive education programs from Harvard and MIT.

  • University Administration & Strategic planning
  • Institutional & Program Accreditation
  • Institutional Effectiveness
  • Institutional Development
  • Campus Planning
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honors), National Institute of Technology, India
  • Masters in Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Ph.D. in Engineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA

Tom Davisson

Tom Davisson recently retired after 20 years from The Sullivan University System where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. His responsibilities included: Head of Operations, oversight of campuses, new product/program development, and institutional accreditation. Sullivan University, with an enrollment of over 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students, is a private higher learning institution dedicated to providing students with high-quality, career-focused educational opportunities.

Mr. Davisson is one of the leading experts in the area of higher education institutions bridging the gap between education and the workforce. He has written White Papers for Governor’s in two states, worked for a third Governor’s Taskforce for Workforce Development, and also testified before Congress. In addition he has served on and chaired numerous US and international institutional visits on behalf of SACSCOC. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees, and Executive Committee of The University of Rio Grande in Ohio.

Tom has more than thirty five years of experience in senior higher education administration experience. In addition to Sullivan he served as President of the Chicago campuses of DeVry University from 1982 -86 and from 1973-82 other administrative posts with DeVry.

  • University Leadership
  • Business Development
  • Career Education
  • Accreditation
  • University Operations
  • Online Leadership
  • Bachelor Degree, University of Rio Grande, Ohio
  • Masters Degree, National Louis University
  • Executive MBA Program, University of Chicago

Dr. Chet Haskell

Dr. Chester Haskell is a partner of Edu Alliance and a member of the Board of Directors. He is working with universities in the United States, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Holland, Spain, and Brazil. He was Founding Executive Director of Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs and for 13 years served in several senior positions. He is currently engaged in matters of quality assurance and accreditation, serving as a consultant to the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (US) and the Council on International Quality Group (US).

He has served as a peer reviewer for the WASC Senior Colleges and University Commission (WSCUC) assessing institutions in California and internationally (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, India, Mexico). He has served several years as a member of the international advisory committees of ANECA (Spain’s national accreditation body) and ACAP (the accreditor for the autonomous region of Madrid). He was President of the Monterey Institute of International Affairs, and Cogswell Polytechnical College. H is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Al Ghurair University in Dubai.

Dr. Haskell focus is international higher education, accreditation, organizational management, faculty relations, curriculum development, fundraising, alumni affairs, and external relations. He has led consulting efforts working with universities in several countries including the United States (University of California, San Diego), Mexico (Universidad Anahuac), Holland (University Medical Center, Utrecht), Spain (Universidad Internacional de La Rioja), Brazil (Universidade Tiradentes

  • Accreditation
  • International Higher Education
  • Organizational Management and Faculty Relations
  • Fundraising
  • External Relationship Development
  • Bachelor of Arts Government Harvard University
  • Masters Public Administration University of Virginia
  • MPA/DPA Public Administration University of Southern California

Nancy Hoke

Ms. Nancy Hoke is a partner of Edu Alliance and a member of the Board of Directors. Her expertise in online instruction, instructional design, instructional technology, and digital video/audio production. With over 20 years’ experience in education Ms. Hoke has experience in K-12 and higher education. Her experience in designing and producing instructional media that assists in providing quality instruction and successful learning outcomes.  In addition she was a  public broadcasting executive and responsible for broadcast program  for K-12 instructional television.

Nancy worked in the UAE in K-12 and higher education providing expertise in online and blended learning. While at Khalifa University she managed the learning management system and the instructional technology. As a part of the start-up for Khalifa University, Ms Hoke provided research and recommendations for the learning management system and the technology to be purchased and implemented in the classroom. Ms Hoke is recognized as a expert in online learning and learning management systems and has presented and trained  in Europe, Asia,  Oman,  United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

  • Instructional Design
  • Mentoring
  • Educational Technology
  • Online Learning
  • Multimedia Production
  • Faculty Training
  • Bachelor Education, University of Nebraska,
  • Masters Radio & TV, Michigan States University
  • Attending Masters Program Purdue University Learning Design & Technology