Bridgepoint Education Co-Founder Dr. Wayne Clugston to Speak at Ashford University Graduation
December 11th Ceremony and Reception Planned for Ashford University Campus


Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI), a provider of postsecondary education services focused on providing higher access to higher education, has announced that Dr. Wayne Clugston, a co-founder of Bridgepoint, has been chosen as the featured speaker for Ashford University’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 11. The 10 a.m. ceremony will be held in the Durgin Educational Center, located on campus in Clinton, Iowa.

Clugston earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership at Seattle University after completing his MA in English at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his BA in English at Roberts Wesleyan College. He began his teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse, taught at his undergraduate alma mater in Rochester, NY, and now occasionally teaches English literature, including literary studies abroad, at Ashford University.

Before becoming co-founder of Bridgepoint Education, Inc., Clugston was vice president of Academic Affairs at Spring Arbor University in Michigan and owner of an education company that developed and licensed curriculum widely used in adult degree-completion programs. As a consultant, he has interacted with educators in nine countries. He met his wife Linda in college; she also was an English major. They live in Seattle, WA and have two grown sons.

During the graduation ceremony, diplomas will be awarded and campus student awards will be presented. Following the ceremony, a reception will honor the graduates. 

About Bridgepoint Education
Bridgepoint Education’s postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in such disciplines as business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education’s regionally accredited academic institutions – Ashford University and University of the Rockies – deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations at 858.668.2580. 

About Ashford University

Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.