Patricia Merck is the program chair for business, accounting, information technology, and paralegal programs at Kaplan University, Des Moines campus. She joined Kaplan University in 2002. Ms. Merck graduated from the University of Denver with a Juris Doctor degree and from the University of Southern Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. She has an extensive background in human resources and law. Prior to Kaplan University, Ms. Merck was the vice president of human resources for Iowa Health System.