Dean Of Administration

Dr. Kandy Akers 

Dr. Kandy Akers has an earned Doctorate of Management/Organizational Leadership, University Of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, May 2013; Master of Business Administration, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN August 1994; Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN August 1990; Ordination, Aenon Bible College, Indianapolis, IN, February 2004. She is an entrepreneur, business faculty, pastor, and author.

HONORS and PUBLICATIONS International Honors Society in Business Administration: Delta Mu Delta May 2012 Publication: Journal Article in Preparation. Leadership Strategies: June 2015 Potential Motivating Factors in Healthy Living Participation. Publication: Dissertation. The Raw Cure: Perceived Economic and Spiritual Gain June 2013 as Potential Motivating Factors in Healthy Living Participation. ProQuest. Publication: Book. From Concrete to Skyscrapers How to Build an Effective Youth Ministry April 2012 From The Ground Up. Shine Bright Publications. Symposium: IUPUI Indianapolis. The New Black Gods: Arthur Huff Fauset. March 2009 Social Science. Edward Curtis IV. Publication: Article. A Youth Convention is Born in the Dominican Republic. The Christian Outlook. May 2005 Publication: Thesis. Minorities Conducting Business with the State Governments August 1994

AREAS OF EXPERTISE AND SUCCESS Strategic Planning and Organizing Problem Solving Negotiations Leadership Development Management Design MS Office Organization Diagnosis Intervention Strategies Peachtree Accounting Managerial Accounting Business Communications Team Leadership Creative Thinking Team Charters Case Study Ethical Behavior Writing and Editing Website Development Quantitative and Qualitative Research Collaborative Efforts Leadership Training Financial Management (P&L) and Budgets Administration Recruiting/Staffing Strategic Management Change Management Secession Planning International Business Coach - Mentor - Trainer Business Counselor Conflict Management Business Metrics Supply Management Public Speaking Business Plans Real Estate & Finance


Dean Of Students

Dr. Cheryl Swanigan

Dr Swanigan has a broad understanding of leadership and management in both for-profit and non-profit organizations and understands the dynamics of faith-based organizations. She earned her BS in Business Management in 2009 and her Master of Business Administration in 2010, both from the University of Phoenix. 

Seeing the disparity in good management practices in both private and public sectors of business Dr. Cheryl pursued and earned a doctorate in Business Management and Organizational Leadership in 2016.  Dr. Cheryl’s interest in looking for ways to help organizations create infrastructures that encourage growth, innovation, and full use of all human resources across the organization continued to fuel her work and education. 

In addition to Dr. Cheryl’s educational and work activities, she has a passion for giving back to her community.  She has worked with local Police Department youth programs, the American Red Cross, the Washtenaw County SOS program, United Way of Washtenaw County, Dress for Success Michigan, Packard Health Clinic – Patient Advocacy, and founded the GLAAM Girls, Inc. organization, a mentoring and empowerment non-profit organization for girls ages 8 - 13.

Dr. Cheryl Swanigan serves as the Director of Intercontinental (World-wide) Intercession for Jabula New Life Ministries International organization, spanning the continents of North American, South America and the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Asia. Dr. Cheryl co-pastors with her husband Pastor Terry Swanigan, the founders of Life Covenant Church, in the Ann Arbor area in Michigan. 


Jeffrey S. Akers

Jeffrey Akers is the founder of Learn Online  University. He has over 30 years entrepreneurial experience as owner of Jeff Akers Films Network LLC, Indi label A Legacy Records, Roku Digital Network Channels - Rhema Global TV Network and Film Shorts, and co-owner of EK Media. He was also the founder of the first commercial recording Studio In Port Huron and Marysville, Michigan. He studied at the Port Huron School of Business and Hi Le Records Recording Institute, Taiwan, Republic of China. 

Akers serves as founder and senior pastor of I Am Church, Greenville, South Carolina, and of the first Internet Church in the nation, I.A.C. World Ministries. He is also an international evangelist, certified life coach, multi-media director, assistant overseer, and international mission expert with missionary works in India and Jamaica.  

Akers' passion for spreading the gospel through film and television is demonstrated in his work as founder of Inner-City Gospel, a gospel music talk show which has aired on numerous networks and streamed online for more than a decade and as a filmmaker in Jeff Akers Films. Two of his recent film productions, Homeless in the South, a documentary, and the sci-fi Christian film Illumination, have garnered more than nine awards including Best Film Scoring, Best Actors, and Best Costumes. In addition, he has developed many social media marketing campaigns that have collectively helped raise millions of dollars in corporate America.

Akers serves as Board Chairman for I Am Changed, Inc.,Vice-Chairman for Pentecostal Assemblies of the Word International Missions Department, board member for New Beginning Ministries International,  H.O.P.E. Soup Kitchen, and the Outstanding Youth Awards.

His wealth of experience, and his vision to help others achieve is what fuels Learning University. 

To learn more about Akers' vision, visit  

HR Director

Dr. Clara Akers

Dr. Clara Akers is an Industrial-Organizational Consultant and owner of B.A. Ok Consulting LLC.

Dr. Akers is a committed psychology professional focused on interpersonal dynamics within expert environments.   Currently, Dr. Akers consults businesses for improvement of overall effectiveness and employee and customer satisfaction.  She specializes in work life integration, physical and mental well-being, organizational commitment and motivational aspects.

She has an earned PhD in General Psychology, Capella University, 2019; Masters of Science in Industrial Organizational Psychology, Capella University, 2015; Bachelors of Science in General Psychology, Clayton State University, 2012.

Dear Faculty and Staff, 

I would like to express my tremendous gratitude to everyone helping us launch the entire university. 

In a matter of months, your efforts have helped us fundamentally change everything we do – from educating our students, to conducting research, to maintaining essential business online operations. 

During this challenging time, you have shown us the true character of our university community. Learn Online University staff never shrink from a challenge, we always rise to the occasion – with decisive action, inspiring innovation and remarkable determination. 

As faculty members, you have demonstrated your incredible care for and commitment to our students. Although circumstances have dramatically altered your plans for research and teaching, you have stepped up at an important moment. You have shared your collective wisdom and resources with colleagues across the learn online university platform, working rapidly and tirelessly to rewrite syllabi and take all of our online students to a new level of learning. I know how meaningful your efforts are for our students, and I want you to know how much all of us appreciate your hard work. 

Thank you to all IT workers assuring the infrastructure that is making all of our endeavors possible – from online classes to Zoom meetings, to keeping our Learning Management System running smoothly.