Trine University has promoted three staff and restructured its College of Graduate
and Professional Studies, home to TrineOnline, to accommodate growth in online courses and programs.
Keirsten Eberts, assistant vice president and dean of academics for TrineOnline, said
the university has seen tremendous growth in online learning on multiple fronts. In
addition to the adult learners and graduate students who were already part of TrineOnline,
this includes Angola campus students and students from other universities taking some
online courses, online dual enrollment students and international learners.
“Trine University may be serving nearly 5,000 online students this fall, and this
new structure will enable us to continue growing efficiently,” Eberts said. “Everyone
at TrineOnline has been working hard as our programs and enrollment have expanded,
and these new positions will give our team the support they need.”
Brittni Heiden has been promoted to executive director of academic operations for
TrineOnline. In her new role, she will assist the assistant vice president and dean
of academics on strategic initiatives that lead to continuous growth in the College
of Graduate and Professional Studies, and will oversee the senior academic director
and director of advising and student success.
Heiden earned her Master of Science in leadership from Trine and has worked for the
university since 2014, most recently serving as graduate school director.
Joshua Pranger has been promoted to senior academic director. In this role, he will
supervise the six academic directors in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies,
who will serve both graduate and undergraduate students.
Anuja Shukla has been promoted to director of advising and student success, where
her responsibilities will include retention and student success for all TrineOnline
students. She will supervise TrineOnline’s three full-time and 14 part-time academic