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Rasmussen College Names Thomas Slagle Chief Executive Officer

Slagle to Lead Operations for 110-Year-Old College

October 19, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS, (October 19, 2010) – Rasmussen College has named Tom Slagle Chief Executive Officer. Slagle brings more than 20 years of management experience to Rasmussen College, which offers Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees in fields with the greatest occupation opportunities to more than 15,000 students both online and through its network of 21 campus locations.

A veteran in business management, Slagle has spent 21 years providing expertise to top healthcare companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Baxter, and Cardinal Health, where he oversaw the $7.5 billion Supply Chain Services - Medical segment as Group President. Prior to joining Rasmussen College, Slagle was President and Chief Operating Officer of School Specialty, Inc., a $1.1 billion market-leading provider of supplemental materials and supplies, content and curriculum, and furniture and equipment in the K-12 market in both the United States and Canada. Mr. Slagle will operate out of the College’s new headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota.

“The quality of education and services Rasmussen College provides to more than 15,000 students is driven by the quality of our team,” Rasmussen, Inc. CEO J. Michael Locke said. “By bolstering our team with seasoned professionals like Tom Slagle, we can position our college for the next 110 years of service to our students, the employers of our graduates, our team, and the communities we collectively serve.”  As CEO of Rasmussen College, Slagle will be responsible for all campus operations working alongside President Kristi Waite and oversee the academic and student services arm of the College.

As CEO of Rasmussen College, Slagle will oversee all 21 campuses in five states along with Rasmussen College Online, spearheading the design and implementation of programs that support the mission of Rasmussen College and the expansion of its quality, targeted educational offerings.

Slagle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Toledo.

He has served as a board member of Source Medical, a leading Canadian medical products distributor acquired by Cardinal Health in 2005, and is a past board member of HIDA (Health Industry Distributor Association).

Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation that is dedicated to changing lives through high-demand educational programs and public service. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate's and Bachelor's degrees online and across its 24 Midwest and Florida campuses in a supportive, student-centered and career-focused environment. Since 1900, Rasmussen College has been dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. As a Benefit Corporation, Rasmussen College is committed to helping change lives through education and making a positive impact on society through public service and a variety of community-based initiatives. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit

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