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Scott Flanagan, Ed.D.

Dr. Scott FlanaganDr. Scott Flanagan became the seventh president of Edgewood College on August 1, 2014.

He has served Edgewood College since 1998, as Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Vice President for Planning & Enrollment, interim Chief Financial Officer, and most recently as Executive Vice President. In addition, he has regularly taught a doctoral course in Higher Education Finance.

Dr. Flanagan previously served as Director of Admissions, Director of Athletics, and Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services at the University of Saint Francis, in Ft. Wayne, Ind., where freshman classes tripled during his five years of leadership.

In 2017, Dr. Flanagan was elected to the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Board of Directors. NAICU board members set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy, encourage support of association priorities and initiatives, and oversee the organization’s financial administration. Members serve three-year terms.

Dr. Flanagan has been a frequent presenter at national conferences on trends in higher education, strategic planning, enrollment management, leadership, and change management. He has also served as a consultant in the areas of enrollment management and strategic planning.

While a member of the Oregon, Wis. Board of Education, Dr. Flanagan was a key contributor to Accountability for Student Achievement, a policy paper which received recognition from the National Association of School Boards. Flanagan currently serves on the board of the Urban League of Greater Madison, and recently served as a member of the Commission on Financial Aid Consolidation and Modernization, created to improve financial aid in Wisconsin.

Flanagan holds a doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania, where his dissertation, ‘Reconciling Values during General Education Revision at Three Catholic Universities,’ was recognized with distinction. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Saint Francis, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an undergraduate degree in political science. He is married to Krista, a professional in event management. They have two children, Erin and Sean.

Dr. Flanagan is a native of Weyauwega, Wis., and is the son of Mike and Nancy, two retired Wisconsin public school teachers.