College of Professional Studies

With a focus exclusively on the adult learner, the new college offers specialized learning and support to equip students with in-demand skills to meet the region’s demand.

The new College of Professional Studies will launch in 2018 with a dedicated focus on the needs of the adult learner. This major strategic initiative is a reflection of the university’s commitment to leadership in innovative education, our dedication to academic excellence, and our persistence to be nimble and responsive to a rapidly changing economy.

A primary objective of the new college will be to establish a significant and talented pipeline of skilled workers to the Greater Pittsburgh region. Essential to success, the university will strive to build upon partnerships with employers and expand upon relationships in the community.

Complementing our mission and values as a Catholic university and a Mercy institution, the College of Professional Studies plans to deliver options for accelerated, evening, and weekend programs to address the needs of adult learners who are often balancing work and family responsibilities with their studies. The unique educational opportunities will be grounded in values and inspire graduates to make an impact on the world.

Jim Ice, EdD, Executive Director and Dean, College of Professional Studies

In May 2018, Carlow University named James "Jim" W. Ice, EdD as the senior executive director and the dean of the new College of Professional Studies, effective June 18. Most recently, Ice was the founder and CEO of jim ice & associates/NorthStar Learning, a talent and change management consulting practice that helps clients align their workforce to their business strategy, drive strategic change initiatives, and prepare effective leaders.

Jim Ice, EdDIce has more than thirty years of experience in organizational development, talent development, and management consulting. As a talent development executive, he has worked for Allegheny Power Corporation, Harmarville Rehabilitation Center, ALCOA, and Respironics in the Pittsburgh area, and also has consulted to dozens of leading global companies (e.g., Ford Motor Company, Harley-Davidson, Bank of America, Textron, Mine Safety Appliances, H.J. Heinz Company, and NEP) on matters of strategy and change management. He also served as an executive on the start-up team for Success Factors, a human resources software and consulting company (now an SAP company). In his last corporate position, at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, he was the architect and executive director of the award-winning Westinghouse University, the senior human resources executive, and the leader of the global Talent Management Center of Excellence.

He has a proven track record in organizational development, strategy implementation, and operational leadership. Ice brings with him relationships throughout the Pittsburgh business community built over a thirty-year career as a trusted advisor to area business leaders. His practical understanding and experience with adult learners as well as his business experience, developing and implementing adult learning strategies, will be an asset for the execution of the new model for the College of Professional Studies and our vision for Carlow’s future.

Ice received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Speech Communication from West Virginia University, and a Master of Science in Organizational Communication from Purdue University. He also completed doctoral work (ABD) at the University of Pittsburgh in Instructional Design and Adult Learning on his way to completing a Doctor of Education in Leadership and Administration from the School of Education at Point Park University. He holds many professional certifications related to strategy and people development. He has served as an adjunct professor at both Penn State University and Point Park University in their graduate and adult learning programs.