About Me...

My name is Nathan Long, current president of Saybrook University a regionally accredited graduate institution of higher learning with 16+ master’s and doctoral programs that incorporate a hybrid and virtual format. Our institution is currently located in Pasadena, California. Having spent twenty years in higher education serving in a variety of roles (student affairs, faculty, dean, chief academic officer, and president), I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of an educational institution that is changing lives, organizations and communities. Over the years, whether in small or large institutions of higher learning, I have found great joy in working with phenomenal people who desire to empower learners to make a difference in the world.

In addition to my work in higher education, I find great satisfaction in serving the community, attending concerts and plays, performing music, making and sampling unique culinary creations, as well as exploring all our region have to offer.

Again, thank you for stopping by my website. Should you want to get a deeper view of my professional background, read more here...

Nathan and Kim Long

Nathan and Kim Long


Years in higher education


academic Credentials

UC: Doctor of Education, Educational Studies (Cognates: History, Sociology, Peace and Urban Education)

  • Dissertation on the history and impact of Junior ROTC

UC: Master of Education, Educational Studies (Cognates: Psychology and Sociology)

  • Master’s thesis project on the strengths & challenges of diversity training in residence life housing

UK: Bachelor of Music, Performance (Major: Trombone; Cognate: Conducting)

  • Additional study with noted trombonists including Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic); James Olin (Baltimore Symphony Orchesta); Scott Hartman (formerly of Empire Brass Quintet)


2014-Present: Saybrook University, Oakland, CA

2010-2014: The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Faculty and administrative roles


  • The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences

    • Assistant and Associate Professor

    • Dean, General Education and Instructional Support Services & Chief Academic Officer

    • Assistant Dean, General Education

  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Cincinnati

  • Adjunct Faculty, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

  • Part-Time Faculty (Research Methods) and Dissertation Advisor/Mentor, Walden University

Academic Courses

Selected Undergraduate Courses and Content: Introduction to Sociology, Cultural Differences, Schooling and Teaching in America, Baccalaureate Thesis Chair; Lifespan Development 

Selected Graduate Courses and Content: History of African American Education, 1609-1865 & 1865-Present; Politics of Education; Lifespan Development; Quantitative Research; Qualitative Research; Research Design, Methods, and Approaches; Dissertation Advisor/Mentor (30+ students)

Publications (Selected)

The Origins, Early Developments, and Present-Day Impacts of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corp on the American Public Schools (Doctoral Dissertation)

Education as Enforcement (Chapter 10: The Proliferation of JROTC, Co-Authored with M. Berlowitz)

Reflections of African American Peace Leaders, A Documentary History, 1898-1967 (Edited Edition, Co-Editors M. Berlowitz and E. Jackson)

Outside areas of interest

Trombone, Professional and Amateur Performing

Theatre (Dramas of the August Wilson, Tennessee Williams and Shakespeare variety)

U.S. Presidential Biographies, U.S. & World History, African American History, Political Economics

Technology, Including the Newest Learning and Social Media Technologies







Over twenty years ago, I started my journey in higher education. Beginning in residential life at the University of Kentucky, I moved to Cincinnati to pursue music at UC College Conservatory of Music. Upon arrival, I was awarded an assistantship in resident education and development (residence life) as an Assistant Residence Coordinator in which I focused on a broad range of areas including supervision of professional and paraprofessional staff, educational programming, judicial affairs (now known as behavioral education), and student affairs. Heading into my second year, I was promoted to a full-time Residence Hall Coordinator during which time I completed my master's work in Educational Studies. After much encouragement from friends and professors, I decided to take the plunge into doctoral study.

During my doctoral work, I immersed myself in sociology, history, and philosophy with additional foci in peace and urban education. Upon graduation, I accepted a position at Arizona State University in Housing as well as a secondary appointment as faculty associate in the College of Education. Over the course of that year, I concluded that I wanted to turn my attention fully to academics. I found myself coming back to Cincinnati to work as an assistant dean at a small nursing school, tasked to build up the general education department (eventually Liberal Arts and Sciences) and along with a team of dedicated colleagues, build a college, The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Together, we accomplished a great deal, launching the inaugural year in 2006 and achieving regional accreditation just over two years later.

In 2008, my title and responsibilities grew such that I was appointed as the institution’s Chief Academic Officer and Dean of General Education and Instructional Support Services. in 2010, following the retirement of our founding president, Teresa Goodwin, I was appointed interim president while the College's Board completed a national search. During this time, the Board and I developed a strong, positive relationship and eventually after completing the interview process, I was appointed the second president of the college. Over the course of my four years, we tackled enrollment challenges (nearly tripling enrollment), addressed significant financial challenges, and attained the longest term for reaffirmation of our accreditation - ten (10) years - by the NCA-HLC. Near the end of my fourth year, I was approached to consider a unique school situated on the West Coast that had recently joined an educational system (TCS Education System). After reading through the mission, reflecting on my own academic and personal journey, I threw my hat in the ring. In June of 2014, after a series of interviews, I was smitten with the faculty, students, and staff realizing that this was my next professional home. Soon thereafter, I was appointed the next president of Saybrook University and began in August of 2014. The first year brought significant growth and challenge to the entire university as we stabilized the institution's finances and set the university on a new strategic path.

The work of our entire team has resulted in a stronger, stable institution with the ultimate goal of achieving a completely sustainable infrastructure by 2020, thus ensuring Saybrook's presence and impact for decades to come. 

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