Fred Romero currently serves as a full-time online faculty member. He started with Ottawa University in 1981 as an adjunct faculty member in Psychology. In 1988 he was offered a full-time faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Psychology. Romero has served as a faculty member, Dean, and Coordinator of Academic Operations for the Arizona campuses. He was assigned as the DOI for both Arizona and Online in September of 2012. Fred is one of OU’s pioneering online instructors who initially gained experience in online teaching in 2000 with Arizona’s first totally online offering in Police Science in partnership with Rio Salado College.
Prior to accepting the full-time faculty position at Ottawa University, Romero served three years as the Political Research Director and Legislative Lobbyist for the Arizona Public Employees Association/American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (APEA/AFSCME).
Prior to working with APEA/AFSCME, Romero served fourteen years in the behavioral health field. His experiences during this period included serving as a Mental Health Worker where he eventually became a unit director of a federally funded operant conditioning program at the Arizona State Hospital from 1970 to 1975. From 1975 to 1981, Romeo served as a trainer and program specialist on two federal grant programs funded by NIMH and NIH dealing with the chronically mentally ill for the Department of Health, Division of Behavioral Health Services. Romero was also a certified trainer for NIMH, NCAE, and NIH for federally developed training programs in individual and group counseling techniques. From 1981 to 1984, he served as the Director for a federal project dealing with research in counseling professions in Arizona and eventually served as the Director for the Department of Health subvention services for agencies dealing with children with emotional problems before resigning from state service in 1984.
Romero is a veteran where he served in the US Army under a three-year voluntary enlistment. He served two tours in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968 with a 1st Cavalry Division reconnaissance unit.
Romero earned his AA in Mental Health Technology in 1972 and is a 1980 graduate of Ottawa University with a BA in Psychology. He earned his MA in Education/Counseling from Northern Arizona University in 1981. In recognition of his service as a faculty member, he earned his Master of Humane Letters from OU in 1995 and became tenured. In 1998, Romero completed faculty development through the MLE Institute at Harvard University. Romero took doctoral studies in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University.
Romero, who resides in Glendale, Arizona, is married to Kim Coffman-Romero who is a Professor of Education with OU. They are parents of five adult sons and enjoy nine grandchildren.