Dr. Watkins is a professor in the Graduate Department of Educational Leadership working with doctoral students in Higher Education Leadership. He has an extensive background in higher education leadership, serving as the chief academic officer and the Provost, and the dean of 2 colleges. He has an extensive peer-reviewed academic publication and presentation record. He earned tenure at the University of Southern California and received a number of awards and recognition. He has consulted with several start-up non-profit and for-profit universities (including active participation with equity investors in the proprietary university settings).