Dr. Kenneth E. Hartman is an educational entrepreneur, having served nearly four-decades as a university president, professor, senior academic administrator, and consultant to for-profit companies and investors in the higher education sector. Most recently, Dr. Hartman served as president of Drexel University Online, a subsidiary of Drexel University, where he was responsible for the overall operational and fiscal performance of a multi-million dollar organization serving nearly 8,000 online adult learners in over 100 fully online degree programs.
Dr. Hartman is the author of numerous books and scholarly publications, and is an active presenter at industry conferences. Additionally, Dr. Hartman has served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army, authored a nationally syndicated newspaper column, and could be seen for nearly a decade as the technology reporter for NBC News (WCAU-NBC10) in Philadelphia.
In 2009, Dr. Hartman founded “Our Community Salutes”, a nonprofit (501-c-3) organization, to recognize and honor graduating high school seniors who plan to enlist into the military immediately after high school graduation. Today, OCS Ceremonies are being conducted in over 20 States and over 50 locations throughout the country.
Recent awards and recognition include: Penn Educator of the Year Award from The University of Pennsylvania, Excellence in Education Award from State University of NY at Geneseo, Leadership in Distance Learning Program Administration Award from the United States Distance Learning Association, Daily Point of Light Award from The Points of Light Institute (President George H. W. Bush), Drexel School of Education’s Faculty Fellow and Associate Award, and the Department of the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, Bunker Lab's 2017 Humility and Honor Award, 2017 George Washington Medal from the Freedoms Foundation, the 2018 New Jersey's Governor's Jefferson Medal for Public Service, and the 2019 United States Air Force Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award.
Dr. Hartman holds an undergraduate degree from The State University of New York at Geneseo, a master's degree from Michigan State University, and a doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.