Becky Takeda Tinker headshot


Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker joined the CSU System as chief educational innovation officer in August of 2020 after spending the previous 12 years at CSU Global, including 10 years as president. Dr. Takeda-Tinker facilitates organizational and individual success through her leadership towards high-quality, workplace-relevant, and affordable education.

Dr. Takeda-Tinker’s dedication to employing strategic leadership to drive operational, organizational, and business success through human development and technological advancement is evident in the success of CSU Global, the nation’s first and only 100% online, fully accredited, state, nonprofit university. The university’s exemplary data in student retention, learning outcomes achievement, nationwide normed assessment performance, and alumni salaries, demonstrate its global leadership and its expertise in academic excellence measured by student return-on-investment.

Dr. Takeda-Tinker joined CSU Global in 2008 as dean of academic affairs and a faculty member in organizational leadership and business management. She became president of the university in July 2010. She is a published scholar with an expertise in finance, leadership, and business management research studies, and author of the book, Impacting The Future of Higher Education, which details CSU Global’s model for serving modern learners. She has also been named as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Business by the Colorado’s Women’s Chamber of Commerce, one of the Five Higher Ed Leaders to Watch by Education Dive, a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts, and a PowerBook Thought Leader by the Denver Business Journal. She also currently serves on the Colorado Economic Development Commission, as a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools, and as a Board member for Haselden Construction and the International Women’s Forum of Colorado.

She holds a Ph.D. in Organization and Management with a specialization in Leadership; a Masters of Business Administration in Finance; a post-graduate certificate in marketing management; and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

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