Rasmussen College Leadership Team

ABOUT RASMUSSEN COLLEGE

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, Bachelor’s and Master's level 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
  • Academic Council

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

Director
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.

Director
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.

Director
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 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 Nursing
Joan Rich

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

Rasmussen Academic Council

Henry S. Bienen
Co-Chair

President Emeritus - Northwestern University
Chairman - Rasmussen College

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

Mr. 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. Mr. Bienen served on the Board of Chicago Public Schools from May 2011 to June 2015.

Mr. 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
Co-Chair

President, Rasmussen College

Education: BA Concordia College, Moorhead, MN; MS Winona State University, MN; Ed.D University of Minnesota.

In her time at Rasmussen, Dr. Boyum-Breen has overseen a number of innovations that have earned recognition across the higher education landscape. These include the College’s evolution into competency-based education (CBE) and graduate education as well as improvements in remedial education and standardized outcomes reporting.

Prior to Rasmussen College Dr. Boyum-Breen was Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs for Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities, and has served in positions at several institutions in Texas and Minnesota. She has published, presented and consulted in higher education, and is the author of “Across the Sectors,” a career column in the national higher education daily news journal, Inside HigherEd.

Dr. Boyum-Breen is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Management. She is an active board member for the Jeremiah Program, a member of the Women President’s Organization, and the LGBTQ President’s Organization.


Debra Albert
Chief Nursing Officer and Sr. Vice President of Patient Care Services of the University of Chicago Medicine

Education: University of Akron, BNS, MSN; Cleveland State University, MBA

Debra Albert became Chief Nursing Officer and Sr. Vice President of Patient Care Services of the University of Chicago Medicine in July 2012. In this role, Albert oversees approximately 2,600 nurses across the organization. She came to the University of Chicago Medicine from Vanguard Health Systems at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Ill., where she served as chief nursing officer. Albert began her career at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Health System, where she took on the roles of chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at the system’s Fairview Hospital. As chief nursing officer of the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Albert, RN, MBA, MSN, NEA-BC, elevated the nursing-related patient experience benchmark and led a $4.7 million capital-improvement campaign. She also raised bedside staffing levels and decreased nurse turnover during her tenure.

A 2010 graduate of the Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellow program, she also has set a personal goal to obtain a doctoral degree.


William J. Carroll
President of Hunter Global Education, LLC.

Education: University of Scranton, Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy; Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Master’s and doctoral degree in Philosophy

Building on his fifteen plus years of experience in Vietnam and China, Carroll founded Hunter Global Education, LLC. The purpose of Hunter is to use Carroll's experience and relationships in China and Vietnam to help U.S. institutions take advantage of the ever expanding China/Vietnam markets. Initially focused on higher education institutions, Hunter has now expanded its focus to include some U.S. businesses seeking entry into the China market.

Carroll served as the 10th president of Benedictine University July 1995 to August 2015. Carroll is a visible and active leader in the community, serves on many boards and has received numerous awards for his leadership in higher education. During his tenure, The Chronicle of Higher Education recognized Benedictine University "as the fastest growing university in the country" among not-for-profit doctoral granting institutions. He revamped the campus, expanded throughout the U.S., added thousands of students, and developed significant programs in China and Vietnam.

Dr. Carroll is also the author of numerous scholarly publications.


Stacey Clawson
National Director, Student Success Center Network

Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education; Capella University Doctorate in Education Instructional Design and Technology.

Dr. Stacey Clawson has twenty years of experience leading higher education reform. She has broad experience across traditional and for-profit universities as well as with philanthropy and national reform initiatives. She holds deep institutional experience leading academic and operational units, including faculty management, academic affairs, student affairs, and instructional technology.

Stacey is national director of the Student Success Center Network for Jobs for the Future’s Postsecondary State Policy team. In this role she leads the network strategy and supports states and colleges implementing completion initiatives at the intersection of policy and practice. Prior to that she was Senior Program Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the Postsecondary Success strategy working on competency-based education and assessment policy and practice, improving transfer, and educational technology.

She began her career working in teaching and learning centers at Arizona State University and the University of Minnesota overseeing educational technology initiatives and grants. She then worked with Capella University where she created and led six academic units during a high growth period, which included both online and traditional delivery.


Kenneth L. Ender
President, Harper College

Education: Virginia Commonwealth University, bachelor’s degree in Business Management; University of Georgia, Masters in Education; and Virginia Commonwealth University, Ph.D. in Urban Services Leadership

Dr. Kenneth L. Ender became Harper College’s fifth president on July 1, 2009 after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumberland County College in Vineland, New Jersey for eleven years. Through partnerships and alliances, Dr. Ender is positioning Harper to become a leading 21st century community college by increasing graduation, transfer and certificate completion rates, aligning Harper’s curriculum with high schools, training students for new economy jobs and implementing new accountability and transparency standards.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Ender has held a variety of positions in higher education, including Vice President for Academic Affairs at Richland Community College, Interim District Dean at Cuyahoga Community College, Associate Vice President for Administrative Services at Cleveland State University, Director of Student Activities at Virginia Commonwealth University and Director of Student Advising at University of Georgia. He also has teaching experience and has written numerous publications.


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 Doctor of Humane Letters degree. 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.


Charles P. Rose
Shareholder, Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd., and Co-Chair of the firm’s Education Practice
Former General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education

Education: Villanova University, bachelor’s degree and cum laude in Economics; DePaul University College of Law, J.D.

Charlie is a shareholder at Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd., and co-chair of the firm’s Education Practice. Charlie represents education institutions, education-related businesses, private equity firms, state government agencies and municipalities, foundations, and tribal nations. He advises his clients on matters such as regulatory compliance and reform, education law and policy, civil rights, corporate transactions, public-private partnerships, and labor-management relationships. Formerly, Charlie served as the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Education from May 2009 to July 2011 – a position for which Charlie was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. As General Counsel, Charlie was a senior official in the Obama Administration and advised the U.S. Secretary of Education on all legal, regulatory and policy matters as well as education reform initiatives. Charlie is active in community service and is a frequent speaker on education law and policy. In 2014, Charlie was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stuart L. Udall Foundation, a federal agency focused on environmental matters and Native American causes.


Kristi Waite
President Emeritus and Vice Chairman, Rasmussen College

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

Kristi Waite served as President of Rasmussen College from 1997 until her retirement in 2015. Her family owned Rasmussen College for three generations beginning in 1945 when her grandfather purchased the College from Walter Rasmussen.

Ms. 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."

She remains a member of the Rasmussen College Board of Directors and Academic Council.

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