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Dr. Anthony Paustian

With decades of successful leadership and strategic marketing experience in technology, aerospace, education, and healthcare, Dr. Anthony Paustian has a proven track record in effective collaboration and communication, innovative problem-solving, and successful teaching/mentoring.  
After serving in the United States military and completing his first round of graduate studies, Dr. Paustian led the marketing department for a large, Chicago-based multi-brand company.  He later applied what he had learned through traditional business practices to work directly with companies and organizations across the nation.  
In 1999, Dr. Paustian was hired to oversee the design and development of a new, state-of- the-art college campus, focused in the areas of technology, business, and liberal arts. Under his leadership, the Des Moines Area Community College West Campus opened in the fall of 2001 and went on to receive national media attention for its proactive, innovative approach to education. In 2002, the campus was only one of four colleges to be named to InfoWorld Magazine’s 100 List of the nation’s Most Innovative Organizations (with Harvard, M.I.T., and Emory being the other three). That same year, the campus received a Telly Award for its innovative introductory television commercial and a Paragon Award for its interactive virtual media.   
In 2003, Dr. Paustian was awarded the Technology Association of Iowa’s Information Technology Leader of the Year Award and was named to the Des Moines Business Record’s prestigious 40 Under 40. Under Dr. Paustian’s continued leadership as Provost, he created the Celebrate! Innovation Exhibition; a new type of campus learning environment where students are surrounded by the stories of great innovators through larger-than-life visuals, exhibits, and through an annual Celebrate! Innovation Week (ciWeek) where the people behind the stories come from around the world to tell those stories firsthand. The Celebrate! Innovation Exhibition is currently on the Iowa Department of Tourism's list of places to visit.
Dr. Paustian has authored a number of books and journal articles in the areas of creative problem solving, marketing, and leadership including his most recent, award-winning book, A Quarter Million Steps: Creativity, Imagination, and Leading Transformative Change (©2017 BookPress Publishing). The book draws inspiration from the epic story of the Apollo Moon Program, collected research, and his own life experiences to outline the many small steps it takes to achieve anything great in life. It teaches the reader how to affect change and create success through imagination, creative problem-solving, effective leadership, mental focus, work ethic, teamwork, and an understanding of the role of perception.  
Dr. Paustian holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Iowa, an M.B.A. from Loyola University Chicago, and a graduate certificate in Design Management from Northern Illinois University and the American Center of Design.

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