Arlington, VA

Meet some of the Arlington Faculty

Dr. Anthony McCormack

Associate Campus Dean

Dr. McCormack has been teaching humanities courses at Strayer University for the past five years. He received his PhD from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and has taught courses in Irish, British, European, world, and American history at a number of universities in both Ireland and the Washington, DC area.
When it comes to teaching at the Arlington Campus, Dr. McCormack sees a unique opportunity: "The international student population means that students get a variety of perspectives and interpretations relating to the class material. Similarly, the large numbers of active and former service personnel give an added dimension to many of the topics that we discuss in class."
Dr. McCormack also serves as associate campus dean and enjoys visiting the many world-class museums and galleries that DC has to offer, which he often encourages students to take advantage of.

Dr. Melanie K. Clifford

Associate Campus Dean

Dr. Clifford holds a master's degree in management from Strayer University and a doctorate in business administration from Nova Southern University. She has more than 15 years of professional experience in process management, project management, and development training.
Along with her roles as professor and associate campus dean at the Arlington Campus, Dr. Clifford is an active member of the Academy of Management and the Project Management Institute.

Dr. Jones Olajide


Dr. Olajide, who served Strayer University as an adjunct professor in 2012 before becoming a full-time faculty member in 2013, worked as an accountant in the Nigeria Foreign Ministry, Abuja, Nigeria, during which he served as finance attaché to the Nigerian High Commission in London, UK, and in Nairobi, Kenya. He has also worked as an accountant in the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development and, through the Nigerian government public service, as a job trainer and tutor.

Dr. Olajide has a master’s degree in business administration from London South Bank University and a PhD in accounting from Argosy University.

Dr. Mulugeta Dessi


Over the past 15 years, Dr. Dessie has managed people, businesses, and training-related projects and initiatives. He is an accomplished lecturer of finance, project management, entrepreneurship, marketing, and management. And he’s made an educational impact on students of diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds.

Dr. Dessie joined Strayer University as adjunct professor in October 2012, and became a full-time faculty member in spring 2013. He earned his master’s degree in financial management and his PhD in business management and finance, both from Northwest University.

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