New Charter University

"You say you are educators," said a man sitting next to us on an airplane. "Then educate! You must show people a way to make their lives better. Help them see, what can be. Help them get there." It's that simple.

Meet Our Team

New Charter’s Administration

Diane L Johnson


Diane Longhurst Johnson is a relentless advocate for innovative educational practices that truly make a difference for students. Her extensive expertise in competency-based educational models makes her a valuable asset to the New Charter University team. With more than 25 years in both higher education and K-12 education, Ms. Johnson is well suited to lead academic efforts to achieve the organization’s mission. Prior to joining the Academic Leadership at New Charter University, Ms. Johnson was the founding Senior Manager of Performance Evaluation at Western Governors University. She was also the first Director of Innovative Programming and Assessment at Utah State University. Ms. Johnson is a nationally recognized consultant on authentic assessment, educational operations, competency-based education, online learning, faculty staffing models, remote workforces, and analytics. She is also known for her broad knowledge of learning modalities, differences, and academic interventions. A capable leader, Ms. Johnson has proven her ability to scale large complex academic organizations. Ms. Johnson attended Utah State University for her doctoral preparation. She also holds a graduate certificate from James Madison University, a master’s degree from Brigham Young University, and a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University.

Amie Ader-Beeler

Vice President

Amie Ader-Beeler has over 25 years of experience in business and education. She has filled leadership roles in Fortune 100 companies and non-profit innovative educational institutions. Her academic disciplines are strategy, management and leadership, and her current research is related to innovative and flexible educational models that can reach a broad base of students while maintaining clear competency deliverables. She is working towards the completion of her PhD in Management and Organizational Leadership at Walden University. She has been a valuable member of the leadership teams at both Western Governors University and Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Amie served as an Assistant Dean for Graduate Business Programs at Southern New Hampshire University’s College of Online and Continuing Education.

Amie Ader-Beeler is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and PMP prepared project manager. She has been responsible for running process improvement, technology enhancements and customer service related projects in several industries. Prior to her work at New Charter University she led a team of project managers at Western Governors University focused on delivery of strategic initiatives. She also served as the Operations Manager for the Academic Mentoring Department and as a member of the Academic Leadership Team. She served as Director and Dean of Graduate Business Programs for SNHU. Currently, she is the Vice President of Operations for New Charter University.

Mary Beth Finn

Academic Dean

Dr. Mary Beth Finn has over 33 years of experience in higher education administration, serving as an Academic Dean of a university for 28 years, while also teaching various courses. She has extensive experience with national, regional, and specialized accreditation at the postsecondary level, as an evaluator, site visitor, and author/organizer of Self-Evaluation Reports for different entities. As a liaison with accrediting bodies, Dr. Finn appreciates the time and effort institutions spend in preparation, self-evaluation, and organization for quality assurance to students.


In 1994, New Charter University (NCU) was founded under its original name, Andrew Jackson University (AJU). The vision for AJU originated with Robert McKim Norris, Jr., and D. Michael Barrett, both graduates of the Cumberland School of Law and colleagues at a Birmingham, Alabama law firm. After completing his law degree, Norris embarked on an intense program of self-directed study. He compiled a personal library of thousands of books, videotapes, and audiotapes, and he concluded that he gained more education through ongoing, independent learning than he ever learned in formal classroom experiences. Norris and Barrett founded a university together and named it after U.S. President Andrew Jackson to symbolize their belief that any determined individual can succeed in life, despite adversity.

In 2015, Global Heritage Education (GHE) acquired NCU. GHE is founded by a group of educators, entrepreneurs, and business executives who are passionate about learning. Members of GHE have successfully established universities, colleges, and schools worldwide, including the United States, Malaysia, China, and Australia. GHE believes individuals can improve their lives through education. NCU is carrying out this mission by offering flexible, supportive, and affordable online education to students from around the world.


Our mission is to leverage advances in innovative technologies and educational models to provide high-quality, flexible, and affordable distance education programs so students can attain recognized degrees that advance their careers and improve their lives.


Our vision is to build the most affordable and accessible private university in the world. Given our mission and beliefs, we would like to help create a world in which no one is deprived of access to quality education. In order to accomplish this, we will hold true to our core values, to:

  • Offer the highest quality, most affordable education possible
  • Create an engaging and intellectually stimulating culture
  • Approach challenges with humility and perseverance
  • Embrace change fearlessly and drive innovation
  • Operate with integrity and openness, and
  • Value diversity


  1. Integrity
  2. Innovation
  3. Industry
  4. Independence
  5. Influence