American Heritage University of Southern California was founded by Dr. Tony BE. Ogiamien and Dr. George Sutton in 2004.


Years of history and education

In December of 2003, two professionals; Dr. Tony B.E. Ogiamien and Dr. George Sutton, came together to address the needs of career-minded, individuals whose expectations were not being met by traditional colleges or universities and individuals who started their higher education but did not complete it. Using their combined experience of 60 years, they decided to form a revolutionary institution of higher education. American Heritage Corporation was born.

Originally incorporated in January of 2004 in the city of San Bernardino, California, the corporation adopted the name “American Heritage University.” It would later change its name to “American Heritage University of Southern California.” The name change was necessary as another California corporation has a similar name.

In 2004, the School of Business was granted a temporary license to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE). Full licensing was granted in 2005 to offer seven (7) different degree programs, including a Juris Doctorate in Law. Also included were three (3) levels of English as a Second Language as a non-degree certificate program. In 2007, two (2) additional degree programs were added. On January 1, 2010, private postsecondary schools operating in California came under the jurisdiction of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Due to its good standing with the BPPE, the University was granted continuing status to operate its existing programs for an additional five (5) years.

In June of 2017, the university retired all programs except:

The university continued its good standing and was granted 5 more years from 2015 and recently renewed its remaining programs in 2022 for another five (5) years (2027).

Under the leadership of its Chief Operating Officer and current President, Dr. Aitua Ogiamien, the School of Business curriculum, coursework and learning materials will continue to develop and support an increasingly geographically, culturally and economically, disadvantaged population.

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