John Watret, Ph.D, has been named executive vice president and Chief Academic Officer of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus.
In his new role, Watret will be responsible for managing business operations, providing leadership, and setting overall strategic direction for the campus, which educates more than 25,000 students around the globe annually, both online and through a network for more than 170 locations.
Watret has been with Embry-Riddle since 1989 and joined the Worldwide Campus in 2006, becoming associate vice president and Chief Academic Officer, with leadership and management responsibility for all Worldwide Campus academic affairs.
Before joining the Worldwide Campus, Watret held a number of management positions with the university, including associate provost, associate chancellor, and associate dean of academics. He is a full professor with tenure in the Mathematics Department. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Edinburgh’s Herriot-Watt University, as well as an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Texas A&M University with a concentration in Aeronautical Engineering.
Watret takes over the management of the Worldwide Campus from Executive Vice President Martin Smith, who is retiring after 11 years with the university.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus at more than 170 campus centers in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the Middle East, and through online learning. For more information: EmbryRiddle.edu.