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Forbes School of Business at Ashford University Appoints Eight Members to Its Board of Advisors
Some members of the Forbes School of Business Board of Advisors.

The Forbes School of Business at Ashford University has appointed eight members to its Board of Advisors. Dr. Richard Pattenaude, Ashford University president and CEO, administered an oath of office to the advisors at the first 2015 Board meeting. The newly appointed advisors are:

  • Ken Fisher, founder, chairman, and CEO of Fisher Investments
  • Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media
  • Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes Magazine
  • Dr. Olin Oedekoven, president and CEO of Peregrine Academic Services
  • Cheryl Oldham, vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Laura Palmer-Noone, executive dean of Forbes School of Business
  • Jeff Pannozzo, vice president of government affairs at Bridgepoint Education (ex officio member)
  • Dr. Ray Powers, academic department chair and chair of the Forbes School of Business Board of Advisors


Ken Fisher

Fisher is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Fisher Investments, a $60-plus billion money management firm. Known for his Forbes “Portfolio Strategy” column, he is the third-longest running columnist in Forbes history.

Steve Forbes

Forbes is the son of Malcom Forbes. In 1993, Forbes began a three-year term as chairman of the board of Empower America, a conservative political reform organization. In 1996, Forbes made his first bid for the presidency of the United States. Forbes remains an active force at his family’s publishing business and still serves as chairman and editor-in chief of Forbes Media today.


Rich Karlgaard

Karlgaard is an American journalist, best-selling author, award-wining entrepreneur, and speaker. In 1992, he started Forbes ASAP along with Steve Forbes and George Gilder. In 1998, Karlgaard was named publisher of Forbes magazine.


Dr. Olin Oedekoven

Dr. Oedekoven served 33 years in the U.S. Army Reserves and U.S. Army National Guard, retiring in 2011. He founded Peregrine Leadership Institute in 2003 and Peregrine Academic Services in 2009. He has taught doctoral level students for 10 years.

Cheryl Oldham

Oldham is vice president of education policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and vice president of the education and workforce program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Trustees of Ashford University.

Dr. Laura Palmer-Noone

Dr. Palmer-Noone is the executive dean of the Forbes School of Business. She has previously served as the chief academic officer and president of University of Phoenix, president and CEO of Saras Education, Inc., and president and CEO of Potomac College in Washington D.C. Dr. Palmer-Noone has served as vice chair of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and was a member of the board of the Lumina Foundation for Education.


Jeff Pannozzo

Pannozzo, with 20 years of government affairs experience, serves as lead representative for Bridgepoint Education on higher education issues before the U.S. Congress. Additionally, he serves as chairman of Bridgepoint’s political action committee.

Dr. Ray Powers

Dr. Powers is an academic department chair at Ashford University’s Forbes School of Business. With nearly 40 years of corporate experience in business and technology, Dr. Powers specializes in the area of mergers and acquisitions, leadership training, and in the discipline of project management.


The Forbes School of Business Advisory Board was established to provide support and counsel to Mike Burton, dean of the school, who serves as chairman. Members offer their expertise and experience as advocates in advancing the school and its mission.

“It’s an honor to announce our first Board of Advisors” said Dr. Pattenaude. “Their combined experience and expertise is an outstanding representation of what the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University strives to emulate.”


About Ashford University

Where heritage meets innovation – that’s Ashford University. At Ashford, students discover relevant degree programs, innovative technology, and cherished tradition. Ashford offers associates, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs online, allowing students to balance life by providing the flexibility to do school work anywhere, anytime. For more information, please visit,,, or call Shari Winet, Vice President of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x11601.


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