Sunday, February 7, 2016

William Horton - A "Worthless Doctorate"

Today we would like to direct our attention to the poster boy of the National Guild of Hypnotists, the founder of the National Federation of NeuroLinguistic Programming (NFNLP), Will Horton. We noticed some time ago that William Danny Horton frequently mentions his acting studies at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, but rarely mentions anything about his graduate background. So we decided to look. Thanks to his relationship with the phony-PhD James Wand (See our blog at, we were able to find that Horton claims to have earned a Psy.D. at Newport University. Newport University? Never heard of it. So we started to dig.

According to numerous website, Newport University was a private UNACCREDITED institution. In a 2003 story about Donald Stettner, a school counselor who was criminally charged with child molestation, a reporter from Pittsburgh's KDKA-TV News wrote:

"Stettner claims he received a master's in psychology from Newport University -- which KDKA discovered is an Internet school that is not accredited by the US Department of Education. In fact, in four states, it's a crime to put a Newport University degree on your resume." (See
Not accredited.It's a crime to list this university on your resume in four states.

In evaluating others who claim to have earned a degree from Newport University, Powerof3 Consultants found the following:
Our investigation shows that Newport University (aka Janus University) is not and never was an accredited institution in the US. Therefore their degrees are worthless. (See
One individual wrote:
When my son was looking for a place to get a degree I checked out Newport University because they seemed to be close to where I live. Their website was different then. I think that they were then a diploma mill (pay your money get a diploma) at best and a scam at worst.

Further, a review of the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database yielded no dissertations by Will Horton.

William D. Horton the won the Presidents Award and Educator of the Year Award from the International Association of Counselors and Therapists-IACT -owned by Robert Otto, who we previously exposed for his fake doctorate (see, the Journalism Award with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), Raffa Award from the International Hypnosis Hall of Fame (their highest Award) (also owned and operated by PhD fraudster Robert Otto) and the Pen and Quill Award from the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA) -yes, also owned by PhD fraudster Robert Otto.

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