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Founder and President: Shawn Black, Ph.D

Dr. Shawn Black is President of the Northern Educate Sports Academy. He ensures the smooth operation of all aspects of the program to include ensuring an appropriate level of rigor and instruction in the classroom. Dr. Black has served as the Dean of Management for a fully accredited online university serving over 100,000 students. Dr. Black’s School of Management served over 20,000 students alone.

Dr. Black is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Capella University and his Master’s in Military Studies from American Military University. In addition, he is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College and the Air Force’s Mobility Weapons School.

While an Air Force officer, Dr. Black twice earned Top Instructor honors as a teacher at the highly selective U.S. Air Force KC-135 Weapons Instructor Course. Shawn was a fully qualified KC-135 instructor and evaluator pilot with over 2,500 flight hours spanning thirty-five countries, including over 100 combat hours over Bosnia.

Dr. Black grew up near Twin Falls, Idaho, before attending the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There, he met his wife, Kathy, and went on to attend pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas. After earning his wings, Shawn was stationed at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He has since been stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, and Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, while also serving in many operations around the world. Dr. Black has four boys and a girl, ages 18, 15, 13, 8 and 6. He enjoys fishing, boating, and watching or coaching his kids’ sports, especially hockey. He also enjoys being an instructor and mentor, helping others develop a solid foundation and discover new things they can apply in the real world.