Our Difference

FORTIS has Respected Academic Leaders.

Many of our faculty members and administration are academic leaders. As the process of career education grows increasingly complex, they tease out trends, resolve apparent contradictions and pass their findings on to the next generation of great leaders and thinkers.

In the classrooms and training facilities, they translate their latest research findings into practical learning strategies for students. Outside the classroom, they are respected members of their professions, including authors of books, blogs, and academic papers and board members of directors of major professional service organizations.

FORTIS Academic Profiles

Elaine Foster, PhD, MSN, RN, as vice president of Nursing

In her role as vice president, Dr. Foster is responsible providing leadership and counsel to nursing faculty and staff across the Education Affiliates network of nursing programs. In addition to her leadership duties, she provides valuable insight into nursing education trends, as well as help programs adhere to federal, state and accreditation standards.

Dr. Foster brings more than 30 years of academic leadership experience to her role at Education Affiliates, having previously served as dean of Nursing and Health Science for American Sentinel College at Post University and as the project director for Simulation Development at American Sentinel. She served as associate dean and director of curriculum for the School of Nursing at Kaplan University. She also spent 27 years at Southwestern Michigan College in various leadership positions, including dean of the School of Nursing and Human Services, dean of Arts and Sciences, and dean of Academic Studies. 

An active member of the nursing community, Dr. Foster serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the National League for Nursing Foundation, the National League for Nursing (NLN), Sigma Theta Tau International and is a program evaluator for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). She is the current president of the Cass County Council on Aging Board of Directors, and a is member of the Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees. She has previously held positions in several national professional associations, including the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, the National Education in Nursing Collaborative (NEPIN) and the Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA). 

Dr. Foster earned both her PhD in Educational Leadership and Administration and Master of Science in Nursing from Andrews University after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan. She also holds a certificate from the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University.