Rasmussen College Board of Directors


An innovator of higher education, Rasmussen College is a career-focused, private college that specializes in offering the most in-demand degree programs in a highly supportive, student-centered educational environment.  Rasmussen College offers market-relevant programs from the certificate and diploma level through the Associate’s and Bachelor’s level online and across its 23 campuses in the Midwest and Florida to more than 15,000 students. By combining its expertise in career development with high academic standards and with unparalleled student support services, graduates of Rasmussen College leave with the most up-to-date knowledge, the skills that employers look for, and the tools to succeed in their chosen field.  Since 1900, the primary focus at Rasmussen College has remained constant: student achievement is of the upmost importance, the employer who hires its students continues to be a valued partner, and Rasmussen College is dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. 

  • Board of Directors
  • Leadership Team

Rasmussen Board of Directors

  • Henry S. Bienen
  • Trenda Boyum-Breen
  • Herman Bulls
  • Stanford J. Goldblatt, Esq.
  • Robert E. King
  • Thomas M. Slagle
  • John C. Staley
  • Kristi A. Waite
Henry S. Bienen

Chairman, Rasmussen College
Education: Cornell University, BA with Honors; University of Chicago, MA, Ph.D.

Dr. Bienen is the President Emeritus of Northwestern University and the author or editor of 18 books and numerous articles. He was Dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor.

Dr. Bienen was awarded an Honorary Degree from Northwestern University. He is a Presidential Councilor at Cornell University — Cornell’s highest honor. He was awarded the Carnegie Leadership Award in Higher Education.

Trenda Boyum-Breen

President, Rasmussen College
Education: University of Minnesota, Ed.D., Winona State University, M.S., Concordia College, Moorhead, B.A., and Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.

The Rasmussen College Board of Directors appointed Dr. Boyum-Breen President of Rasmussen College in 2015. Before becoming President, Boyum-Breen served as Chief Academic Officer at the College. Boyum-Breen has over 15 years of experience in higher education, serving in leadership positions at several institutions of all sizes in both Minnesota and Texas. Prior to Rasmussen College, she served as the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs for Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. With a strong passion for education innovations and serving underrepresented students, Boyum-Breen has published and presented nationally on key higher education topics and is the author of “Across the Sectors”, a career column for Inside Higher Ed. She also sits on the boards of the Jeremiah Program and American Council on Education Women’s Network of Minnesota.

Herman Bulls

Education:United States Military Academy at West Point, Harvard Business School

Mr. Bulls is a Vice Chairman, Americas at Jones Lang LaSalle and Founder and Chairman of the Public Institutions Business Unit which provided integrated real estate services to governments, higher education and nonprofit entities. He is a former assistant professor of finance and management at West Point and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the West Point Association of Graduates. A retired Army Colonel, he is a graduate of the Army’s Airborne and Ranger Schools and serves on several corporate boards including USAA, Exelis and Comfort Systems, USA.

Stanford J. Goldblatt, Esq.

Education: B.A., magna cum laude, Harvard College LL.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University

Stanford J. Goldblatt, Esq. is Of Counsel, Winston & Strawn LLP. Mr. Goldblatt has served as head of its private equity practice. He is a Trustee Emeritus of The University of Chicago, a Trustee of the University of Chicago Medical Center, and Chairman of the Cancer Research Foundation.

Robert E. King

Vice Chairman, Rasmussen, Inc. & Collegis Education, Inc.
Education: Northwestern University, B.S. in Business Administration

Mr. King has spent his career building businesses with a focus on the application of technology to education. He has participated in the formation and building of seven companies. One of these companies was an early pioneer in the development of video/computer-based self-instruction and another in the use of the internet/worldwide web to deliver degree-based programs.

For his work in the application of technology to education, Benedictine University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Academy for Urban School Leadership, the African Wildlife Foundation, and Northwestern University Wildcat Athletics Venture Enterprise (NU/WAVE) fund. He is a member of The Commercial Club of Chicago and The Economic Club of Chicago.

Thomas Slagle

Chief Executive Officer, Rasmussen College
Education: University of Toledo

Thomas Slagle is Chief Executive Officer of Rasmussen College and based out of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Prior to joining Rasmussen College, Mr. Slagle was President and Chief Operating Officer for School Specialty, a leading K-12 supply and supplementary materials provider, where he oversaw more than $1 billion in annual revenue and all operational activities. Before entering the education industry, Mr. Slagle spent 23 years in the healthcare field with Johnson & Johnson, Baxter Healthcare, and Cardinal Health in various leadership positions, with domestic and international scope. Upon leaving Cardinal he was Group President of the $7.5 billion medical segment.

Thurston R. Manning, Ph.D.

Education: College of the Holy Cross, DePaul University School of Law

John C. Staley is the former Managing Partner of Ernst & Young’s Lake Michigan Area where he was responsible for the audit, tax and consulting practices. Mr. Staley served with Ernst & Young for 36 years spanning offices in New York, Brussels and Chicago. In addition to Rasmussen College, Mr. Staley is currently the Chairman of the Board of Hospira Inc., Director of Mattersight Corp., and a Member the Board of Trustees of DePaul University where he is a past Chairman.

Kristi A. Waite

Vice Chairperson
Education: B.A., Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ms. Waite assumed the role of Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors upon her retirement as President of Rasmussen College in March 2015. Waite served as President of the College for 17 years. Under her leadership, Rasmussen College experienced significant growth, adding 18 campuses and four states to its portfolio. Rasmussen College also introduced several new degree options for students by adding the Schools of Nursing, Health Sciences, Education and Justice Studies and expanded beyond Associate’s degrees to offer 21 Bachelor’s degrees. During Waite’s tenure, the College also achieved regional accreditation status from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and significantly increased the number of programmatic accreditations to ensure the quality of instruction delivered to every Rasmussen College student. Waite has chaired the Minnesota Career College Association and has participated in legislative issues affecting higher education in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, North Dakota and Florida.

Rasmussen College Leadership Team

To contact a member of the leadership team, call 888-549-6755

President Rasmussen
Trenda L. Boyum-Breen

Sr Vice President
Greg Witte

Chief Executive Officer
Tom Slagle

VP, Academic Affairs Operations
Ann Leja

VP, Compliance & SFS
George Fogel Sr

VP Student Affairs
Tawnie Cortez

AVP Student Affairs
James L. Allen

AVP Student Affairs & Ops
Lornell E. Jonason

Sr VP of Admissions
Don Devito

VP Admissions & Student Experience
Dwayne Bertotto

Assistant VP, Admissions
James C. Phillips

Regional Admissions VP
Lisa Riley

Regional VP
Eric Whitehouse

VP, Program Leadership
Matt Petz

VP Nursing
Joan Rich

VP, Strategic Operations
Greg Hafemann

VP Nursing Operations
John Smith-Coppes

VP Marketing
Julia Schmidt

VP, Controller
Ann Marie Vietti

VP and CFO
Kevin Delano

AVP, Learning & Teaching
Carrie L. Daninhirsch

AVP Academic Affairs
Kathlene E. Kacheroski

AVP, Academic Support
Emily D. O’Connor

Asst. VP, Student Fin Svc
Debora R. Murray

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