Champlain College Online Appoints Johnna Herrick-Phelps as Assistant Provost

Johanna Herrick-Phelps

Champlain College Online, a leader in career-focused adult higher education, today announced the appointment of Dr. Johnna Herrick-Phelps to its academic leadership team. As assistant provost, Herrick-Phelps will lead the College's over 60 online academic programs, including associate, bachelor's and master's degrees; undergraduate and graduate certificates; and non-degree programs and courses.

Herrick-Phelps previously served in several academic leadership roles at Granite State College in Concord, New Hampshire, most recently as vice provost for academic affairs. Prior to that, she was a member of the administration at Springfield College, where she helped build the College's online program for two out-of-state campuses, among other accomplishments. Herrick-Phelps also served as adjunct faculty for a number of other higher education institutions and consulted for public and private organizations in the areas of leadership development, executive coaching, change management, and diversity in the workplace.

Herrick-Phelps spent nearly 20 years running her own consulting businesses. She earned her doctorate in human and organizational development systems and a master's degree in human development from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. She also has a master's degree in organizational management and leadership, and a bachelor's degree in human services from Springfield College.

"Johnna's proven academic and organizational leadership, her in-depth understanding of the needs of adult learners and the joys of working for their success, and her entrepreneurial imagination make her a huge asset to Champlain College Online," said Dr. Laurie Quinn, provost and senior vice president for academics at Champlain College. "We look forward to having her talents at Champlain as we continue to enhance our portfolio of career-focused academic programs, expand our truED workforce development program partnerships, and grow our adult student population," she added.

In her new role as assistant provost, Herrick-Phelps will oversee online undergraduate and graduate program faculty, quality assurance, e-learning, and academic advising. The academic portfolio she will manage includes four broad disciplines: cybersecurity, information technology, healthcare, and business.

"Joining Champlain allows me to combine all of my passions in one career," said Herrick-Phelps. "I'm looking forward to working at an institution that's taken an entrepreneurial approach to adult education and is leading the way in providing an affordable, high-quality online education for adult learners," she added.

Herrick-Phelps is joining Champlain College Online just as it implements its previously announced 50 percent tuition reduction for adult undergraduate degrees starting this fall.

About Champlain College Online

At the forefront of one of the most innovative, regionally accredited, not-for-profit colleges in the nation, Champlain College Online prides itself on a long history of providing career-focused education to adult learners. One of the oldest online institutions in the United States, Champlain College Online was established in 1993 by Champlain College, a non-profit private college founded in 1878 and offering a campus undergraduate experience in Burlington, Vermont.

Today, Champlain College Online is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a leader in online higher education and serves more than 3,000 students through more than 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates in high-growth fields like cybersecurity, healthcare administration and human resource management. Through the strategic alliance program known as truED, Champlain College Online has pioneered a bold reimagining of workforce development to create additional opportunities for adults to further their education in Champlain College's award-winning online academic programs aligned to needs in government and industry.

For more information, visit www.Champlain.edu/online.


Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit champlain.edu.