Academic Team

Education Team

They say that education is a creative act. Our Education Team is a team of art/design educators dedicated to making teaching and learning at Sessions College an excellent experience. It’s our mission to strive for the highest standards in online content and instruction, and to empower the talents of our students and our faculty.

Dr. Meryl Epstein

Meryl Epstein, Director of Education

(800) 258-4115 ext. 164

Dr. Meryl P. Epstein is the Director of Education for Sessions College. In a dynamic and evolving role, Meryl is responsible for faculty training and evaluation, outcomes assessment, and curriculum development. Working with our Sessions College Faculty, Department Heads, and our Advisory Board, Meryl directs program planning and institutional improvement activities, providing academic leadership and guiding program development, accreditation, and more. Dr. Epstein is focused on helping the innovative Sessions College team to continue to achieve the mission of preparing design professionals. Meryl strives to inspire excellence and is consistently focused on supporting the existing creative and positive environment of Sessions College.

Outside of Sessions College, Meryl has extensive experience in design, education, and leading academic teams and has served as Dean of Academic Affairs, Program Chair, Doctoral Development Faculty, Art Director, Graphic Design Manager, Higher Education Faculty member (online and on-ground), Change Agent, and Exhibiting Artist/Photographer. Highlights from her career include implementing and leading the graphic design of three different museums (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona Science Center, and Arizona Historical Museum) and receiving the first Arizona AIGA fellow award. Meryl holds an EdD in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, MFA in Fine Arts (Photography) from Arizona State University, and BFA in Graphic Design from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Gordon Drummond

Gordon Drummond, President

(800) 258-4115 ext. 116

Gordon Drummond has been the President of Sessions College since February 2011. Gordon’s role is to provide the leadership to help Sessions College fulfill its mission and for school directors achieve their education, operations, marketing, and student services goals. As a long serving member of the Education team, Gordon plays a key role in curriculum and course development, instructional design, institutional improvement and reporting, and agency compliance. Outside Sessions College, Gordon has extensive experience in school accreditation. Since 2007 he has served on the Middle States Association Commission on Secondary Schools, where he was Commission Chair from 2013-15 and served on the MSA Board of Trustees. Since June 2017, he has served on the board of the Distance Education Accreditation Commission (DEAC). Gordon holds a Master’s in English Literature from The University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Mark Waters, Manager of Course Editing and Instruction

(800) 258-4115 ext. 184

Mark Waters is an artist, editor, and veteran of the publishing industry. Mark is the the Manager of Course Editing and Instruction at Sessions College, responsible for coordinating development and updates to course content and media with Sessions College faculty. In his role, Mark is responsible for maintaining the accuracy and effectiveness of instructional content and supporting course administration in the learning environment. Mark brings 23 years of experience in the newspaper industry where he created award-winning graphics and media for news stories. While working at the Arizona Republic, Mark used video production as a way to tell stories for their online affiliate. Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Communications and a minor in Art from the University of La Verne in La Verne, California.