Dr. Coon has 30 plus years of experience in elementary and secondary education teaching and administrative experience. He served the University of Florida State Retirement System for 20 years teaching, supervising and publishing research, writing grants, and developing the curriculum and launching the university’s first online courses. After his retirement from UF, he was appointed as the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Argosy University in Schaumburg and Chicago, Illinois where he was responsible for the academics at multiple campuses and responsible for supervising 230 full time, part-time, and online faculty as well as 150 staff with a budget exceeding $23 million.
He was responsible for ensuring that all academic policies and procedures were applied to the overall strategic initiatives of development, maintenance, and management of the academic programs, faculty, staff and students. Dr. Coon possesses strong leadership skills, curriculum development, online architecture, understanding of institutional research data, accreditations, policies and procedures, faculty and staff development, fiscal responsibility, and sense of community.
Dr. Coon is a published author and collaborator of research at teaching and land-grant universities as well as chairing 43 doctoral dissertations, 68 master’s thesis. He has a strong background with increasing retention rates within 9 different programs across multiple campuses and a large populated online platform.
Dr. Coon studied elementary education at Florida State University, received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida in Biology Education and Microbiology Pre-Med, Master’s degree from University of Florida in Entomology and Nematology, and Ph.D. in Medical and Veterinary Entomology and Forensic Pathology. He received his Public Health and Epidemiology credentials from, University of Florida, College of Medicine, School of Public Health. Dr. Coon has two courses remaining for his Master of Business degree (MBA), as well as completing his boards for certification and licensing as a naturopathic doctor.