Patricia A. Breen, Ph.D., brings more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration to her role as President of Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School. Dr. Breen’s academic and operational expertise spans a variety of roles from librarian to president, diverse higher education environments from the single campus structure to the multi-campus education system, and from the comprehensive university model to the specialized professional school.
Previously, Dr. Breen held multiple leadership roles at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, including that of Interim President of the Chicago campus. She also served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness at Argosy University; held a leadership position at The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law, focusing on accreditation needs; and had similar roles at both DeVry Institute of Technology and National-Louis University.
Dr. Breen received her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University. She also holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature and master's degree in Library Science from the University of Texas, and an MBA from DePaul University. Her interests include assessment of and improvement in student learning, adults as learners, and higher education leadership. Dr. Breen is active in the Council for Graduate Schools and has been a Consultant-Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges and for the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) for many years.
Born in Coronado, Calif., Dr. Breen and her husband have been residents of Pasadena for two years. Her daughter lives in Minneapolis with her husband and her son lives in Chicago with his wife.