Joel Kostman


Dr. Joel Kostman is currently serving as the President for his second term for the Arizona Private School Association.Dr. Kostman is the Campus Director of the Mesa campus for Pima Medical Institute. He has over 25 years of higher education leadership experience ranging from teaching at the University of Nevada Las Vegas to owning and operating a consulting firm. He has held the positions of Regional Director of Education and Accreditation Team Leader, Campus President, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Vice President of Institutional Support. Most recently, Dr. Kostman held the position of Executive Director with the Arizona Automotive Institute in Glendale, AZ.

Dr. Kostman was appointed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey to serve for a second term as a State Commissioner for Higher Education and Workforce Development.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation from UNLV where be played football and a Master of Education in Education Administration and a Doctor of Education in Education Leadership from UNLV.

His positive energy and passion for students emanates in all areas of his life.