School Certifying Official
B.S. Political Science - Northwest Missouri State University (2010)
Board Member 2018 - Association for Veterans Education Certifying Officials
5 years experience in processing VA, and DOD funding sources.
I am proud to serve our veterans, service members, and their spouses as they pursue their learning goals. I serve all branches of the military, and am well versed in all chapters of the G.I. Bill, all DOD funding sources, and the related policies and procedures. I can assist students in all phases of the process, and am happy to help at any time.
Financial Aid Administrator
816-279-7000 Ext. 1701
B.A. English - Missouri Western State University (2000)
5 years experience in processing Federal Student Aid
I guide our students through the entire funding process from start to finish. Contact me for any assistance regarding: making payments, applying for Federal Student Aid, completing verification, completing the FAFSA, eligibility requirements and more.
Chief Financial Officer
Bachelor in Business Administration, Accounting Concentration – DeVry University
Master in Accounting and Financial Management – Keller Graduate School of Management
Dr. Smith earned a Doctorate in Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri, Master of Science degree in English Education at Northwest Missouri State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in English from Truman State University. She has 26 years experience as an instructor. Dr. Smith also has 16 years as a mentor teacher, 15 years as a Department Chair and teacher leader, and 3 years leadership symposium. In addition, she has 3 years experience as a District Curriculum Coordinator, 22 years as a curriculum writer, and 16 years as a professional development presenter. Dr. Smith is a National Board Certified Teacher English Language Arts, a trained International Baccalaureate (IB) Instructor and Advanced Placement Instructor, and a trained ACT instructor.
Career Services Officer
Executive MBA, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri
BS in Education, Truman University, Kirksville, Missouri
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Chief Academic Officer
EdD Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis – University of Missouri Columbia
MA History – Northwest Missouri State University
BA Education – Missouri Western State University
National Board Certified Teacher
25 years as an educator/instructor
21 years as a mentor teacher
5 years IB Program Coordinator
3 years District Curriculum Coordinator
22 years curriculum writer 6 years Department Chair and leadership team 6 years professional development presenter
CEO and Member of the Board
816-279-7000 Ext 1401
Mr. Lute Atieh has been an integral part of the American Business & Technology University’s framework since its founding in 2001. As such, he has served internally in nearly every capacity while gaining extraordinary insight into what it takes to run a successfully innovative institution of higher education. During this time, Mr. Atieh has also made it a point to contribute externally beyond his primary duties by serving in many roles with other higher education organizations.
Lute has been honored to serve on the Missouri Department of Higher Education’s School Advisory Committee for a term of three years (2014 – 2016) and is a also a Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) Business Standards Committee Member where he also enjoys his role as a school site visit volunteer for the accrediting commission. In addition, Mr. Atieh proudly serves on the Board of Directors for The Missouri and Kansas Association of Private Career Colleges and Schools.
He has an educational and vocational background in business and technology. His passion for education and technology drives him in his daily pursuits is to use technological advancements to bring quality, convenient and affordable education to busy adults seeking skills training and educational advancement.
Vice President for Financial Aid and Compliance
PhD Northwestern University
MA Wheaton Graduate School
BA Wheaton College
25 years Student Affairs/Academic affairs in colleges/universities.
22 years’ experience in financial aid administration in colleges/universities.
All 14 National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators-U Credentials.
816-270-7000 Ext 1802
Ed.D. Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis - University of Missouri (Dec, 2018)
M.S.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction - Northwest Missouri State University (2012)
B.S.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction - Northwest Missouri State University (2009)
Board Member 2018 - Kansas City International Academy
I am proud to be part of an extraordinary group of educators who care deeply about our students and work tirelessly to ensure their success. Educational Leadership is my passion and online education is my expertise. In my unique experiences I have gained extensive knowledge of higher education accreditation, strategic planning, compliance, curriculum, assessment, policy development & administration. In the past I have developed and managed admissions, registrar, and retention processes, as well as faculty and curriculum evaluation processes.
Currently, I administer annual outcomes assessment studies, state and federal reporting, and compliance monitoring. Dissertation research is on the factors influencing online student persistence and retention.