Cassandra Gordon-Fletcher

Senior Director
Office of Access and Support
Division of Access, Opportunity, and Diversity

Dr. Cassandra Gordon-Fletcher, a Jamaican native, brings over 30 years of experience in teaching, relationship building, program and course development, and leadership from the military, business, and higher education sectors. She holds a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Argosy University, Schaumburg, IL, a Master of Science in Management from National Louis University, Wheeling, IL and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Culver-Stockton College, Canton MO.

At the University of Iowa, Dr Gordon-Fletcher serves as the Senior Director of the Office of Access and Support. She oversees the TRIO Student Support Services, TRIO Upward Bound program, and the student academic support programs including the Iowa Edge four-year mentorship program.  Cassandra also oversees the faculty and staff professional development programs including BUILD,  Safe Zone and NCBI workshops to the university faculty, Staff and Students. Previously, she worked with Army recruiters in the Department of Defense.  In her role as an Education Services Specialist with the Department of Defense, U.S. Army Chicago Recruiting Battalion, she collaborated with state educational associations, high schools, postsecondary schools, vocational schools, school districts, and other components of the education community to enhance military recruitment. She also played a key role in verifying the education credentials of foreign applicants joining the Army.  Additionally, she led a project to increase high school test-taking of the Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery, resulting in potential new legislation being looked at in the Illinois State Senate.

Dr. Gordon-Fletcher has taught business management as an adjunct professor at Columbia College of Missouri Illinois campuses and North Park University in Chicago. She worked at Pearson as an Enrollment Administrator for doctoral students at Maryville University St Louis, Missouri’s Online Education Leadership program.

Her experience in the private sector at Kraft Foods, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Hexion, and Pearson has given her unique insights into how higher education can best prepare students for success after their time at Iowa. Dr. Gordon-Fletcher is passionate about understanding diverse viewpoints and using her business skills to improve customer service, management, supervision, employee recruitment, and professional development for faculty and staff.

Outside of her work with students, she volunteered with such places as “A Safe Place,” - a shelter for survivors of domestic violence. She has also volunteered to teach ESL to residents of Evanston and Skokie, IL. 

Dr. Gordon-Fletcher is married to psychologist Dr. Michael Fletcher, and they have four children, Amanda, Stephon, Meghan, and Courtney, with the family dog Lilo.