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 24 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
  • 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.

Herman Bulls

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

Mr. Bulls is an International Director 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

Chairman, Rasmussen, 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 of five 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 to deliver degree-based programs.

For his work in the application of technology to education, Benedictine University awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Benedictine University, 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

President, Rasmussen College
Education: B.A., Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Board of Directors appointed Ms. Waite the President of Rasmussen College in 1997. Her family has owned Rasmussen College for three generations. Her grandfather purchased the College from Walter Rasmussen in 1945, and her father and uncle acquired the College in 1961. Ms. Waite and her father purchased Aakers College of Grand Forks, North Dakota and subsequently moved the campus to Fargo, North Dakota (now Rasmussen College – Fargo/Moorhead). President Waite has chaired the Minnesota Career College Association and is active in legislative issues affecting higher education in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, North Dakota and Florida. In February of 2007, she was awarded the Upsize Lifeline Award developed for leaders dedicated to helping other leaders by "throwing a lifeline."

Rasmussen College Leadership Team

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

President, Rasmussen College
Trenda Boyum-Breen, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Rasmussen College
Tom Slagle

Vice President Academic Affairs / Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Ann Leja, DNP, MAN

Senior Vice President
George Fogel

Vice President of Student Affairs
Tawnie Cortez

Senior Vice President of Admissions Services
Don DeVito

Vice President of Admissions and Student Experience
Dwayne Bertotto

Regional Admissions Vice President
Lisa Riley

Regional Vice President
Eric Whitehouse

Senior Regional Vice President
Greg Witte

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Program Leadership
Matt Petz

Vice President of Nursing
Joan Rich

Vice President of Real Estate & Procurement
Greg Hafemann

Vice President of Academic Affairs – Operations
John Smith-Coppes

Vice President Marketing
Julia Schmidt

Vice President & Controller
Ann-Marie Vietti

Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis
Kevin Delano

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