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Setting Our Direction on the Right Path

Rasmussen College is guided by a carefully curated group with extensive and diverse institutional experience. The Board of Directors is responsible for governing Rasmussen College. The Academic Council advises the President, Chief Academic Officer and Chairman of the Board on academic decisions. These teams bring their academic experiences and perspectives to the institution and set a balanced, progressive vision for Rasmussen College.

For more information on ownership, view the full Statement of Ownership.


Board of Directors

Board of Director Dr. Henry Bienen

Dr. Henry S. Bienen

  • Chairman, Public Member
  • Education: University of Chicago, MA, PhD; Cornell University, BA with Honors

Dr. Bienen is the President Emeritus of Northwestern University and is a Presidential Counselor at Cornell University. 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 and has received a Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award for innovative leadership in higher education. He is the author and editor of 18 books and numerous articles.

Board of Director Dr. Kenneth Ender

Dr. Kenneth L. Ender

  • Director, Public Member
  • Education: Virginia Commonwealth University, PhD in Urban Services Leadership; University of Georgia, Master’s degree in Education; Virginia Commonwealth University, Bachelor’s degree in Business Management

Dr. Ender became Harper College’s fifth President after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumberland County College in Vineland, New Jersey, for 11 years. Over the past 30 years, he has held a variety of positions in higher education, including Vice President for Academic Affairs, Interim District Dean, Associate Vice President for Administrative Services, Director of Student Activities and Director of Student Advising. Dr. Ender also has teaching experience and has written for numerous publications.

Atif Gilani

Atif Gilani

  • Renovus Capital Partners, Founding Partner
  • Education: University of Pennsylvania, Jerome Fisher Management & Technology Program – BS, Economics, and BAS, Computer Science Engineering

Mr. Gilani is a founding partner of Renovus Capital Partners. Previously, Mr. Gilani was a Managing Director at Leeds Equity Partners, an education focused private equity firm. Mr. Gilani began his career with Merrill Lynch in its Mergers & Acquisition Department.

Board of Director Sharon Parrott

Sharon Thomas Parrott

  • Director, Public Member
  • Education: University of Illinois, BA, MA

Ms. Thomas Parrott is a retired Senior Vice President of External Relations and Global Responsibility of DeVry Education Group (Adtalem), where she was responsible for regulatory compliance, government relations and charitable giving program. Previously, Ms. Thomas Parrott worked at the U.S. Department of Education and held faculty and administration positions at several Illinois colleges and universities. She began her career as a Chicago public school teacher and has served on boards and commissions for the State of Illinois, One Goal and the College Board.

Board Director Matthew Yale

Matthew Yale

  • Director, Public Member
  • Education: Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, MBA; Northwestern University, BA

Mr. Yale is one of the senior members of Tusk Ventures/Strategies where he oversees regulatory affairs. Previously, he was the senior vice president of global communications and public affairs at Laureate Education, Inc. Before joining Laureate, Matthew served as deputy chief of staff for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. In this capacity, he was a senior advisor to the Secretary on policy and strategic planning and was the Department lead on a number of critical inter-agency initiatives, such as the H1N1 flu response. Before joining the Obama Administration, Matthew worked at Ariel Investments where he directed the firm’s civic, governmental and political affairs.

Academic Advisory Council

Debra Albert

Dr. Debra Albert

Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, NYU Langone Health

Dr. Debra Albert is the Chief Nursing Officer and Sr. Vice President of Patient Care Services at NYU Langone Health, where she oversees approximately 8,000 nurses across the organization. Dr. Albert graduated from the revered Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellows Program in 2010 and began her career at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Health System. As Chief Nursing Officer of the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Dr. Albert elevated the nursing-related patient experience and led a $4.7 million capital-improvement campaign. She also served as CNO at the University of Chicago Medicine where she led the team to Magnet designation, the highest recognition of nursing excellence, and was the operational leader in the opening of a new Level 1 trauma center.

Education: Rush University, DNP; Cleveland State University, MBA; University of Akron, BSN, MSN

Academic Council Dr. Henry Bienen

Dr. Henry S. Bienen

President Emeritus, Northwestern University

Dr. Bienen is the President Emeritus of Northwestern University and is a Presidential Counselor at Cornell University. 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 and has received a Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award for innovative leadership in higher education. He is the author and editor of 18 books and numerous articles.

Education: University of Chicago, MA, PhD; Cornell University, BA with Honors

Academic Council Dr. William Carroll

Dr. William J. Carroll

President, Hunter Global Education, LLC.

The purpose of Hunter Global Education is to use Dr. Carroll’s 15+ years of experience in China and Vietnam to bridge educational gaps between American and Asian educational institutions and businesses. As the 10th president of Benedictine University from July 1995 to August 2015, he helped the university become one of the fastest-growing not-for-profit, Doctorate-granting institutions. Dr. Carroll is an active leader in the community, serves on many boards and has received numerous awards for his leadership in higher education.

Education: Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Philosophy; University of Scranton, Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy

Academic Council Dr. Stacy Clawson

Dr. Stacy Clawson

National Director, Student Success Center Network

Dr. Clawson has 20 years of experience leading higher education reform for traditional and for-profit universities as well as broad experience across philanthropic and national reform initiatives. Clawson is National Director of the Student Success Center Network for Jobs for the Future’s Postsecondary State Policy team. Prior to that, she was Senior Program Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She began her career at Arizona State and the University of Minnesota overseeing educational technology initiatives and grants.

Education: Capella University, Doctor of Education in Instructional Design and Technology; Arizona State University, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education

Carrie Daninshirsch

Carrie Daninhirsch

Interim Chief Academic Officer, Rasmussen College

Over the past 13 years, Ms. Daninhirsch has served Academic Affairs in a variety of roles including Dean, Regional Dean and, most recently, as the Vice President of Learning and Teaching. Ms. Daninhirsch began her career in psychology working with an undergraduate student population. She has co‐presented at national conferences on topics ranging from online teaching presence to Rasmussen College’s faculty performance evaluation system, as well as co‐authored publications related to the impact of technology on life care planning, vocational outcomes after brain injury and experimental training in group counseling. Carrie is currently enrolled in a doctoral program where she is pursuing an EdD in Leadership and Higher Education.

Education: Lesley University, MA in Counseling Psychology; Northeastern University, BA in Psychology

Academic Council Dr. Kenneth Ender

Dr. Kenneth L. Ender

Retired President, Harper College

Dr. Ender became Harper College’s fifth President after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumberland County College in Vineland, New Jersey, for 11 years. Over the past 30 years, he has held a variety of positions in higher education, including Vice President for Academic Affairs, Interim District Dean, Associate Vice President for Administrative Services, Director of Student Activities and Director of Student Advising. Dr. Ender also has teaching experience and has written for numerous publications.

Education: Virginia Commonwealth University, PhD in Urban Services Leadership; University of Georgia, Master’s degree in Education; Virginia Commonwealth University, Bachelor’s degree in Business Management

Academic Council Bio Parrot

Sharon Thomas Parrott

Retired Senior Vice President of External Relations and Global Responsibility, DeVry Education Group (Adtalem)

Ms. Thomas Parrott is a retired Senior Vice President of External Relations and Global Responsibility of DeVry Education Group (Adtalem), where she was responsible for regulatory compliance, government relations and charitable giving program. Previously, Ms. Thomas Parrott worked at the U.S. Department of Education and held faculty and administration positions at several Illinois colleges and universities. She began her career as a Chicago public school teacher and has served on boards and commissions for the State of Illinois, One Goal and the College Board.

Education: University of Illinois, BA, MA

Academic Council Charles Rose

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

With more than 34 years of experience, Mr. Rose has an established national practice in the areas of education law and policy, government and regulatory affairs, corporate transactions and labor and employment law. Formerly, Mr. Rose served as the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Education, where he was a senior official in the Obama Administration. In 2014, Mr. Rose was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation.

Education: DePaul University College of Law, JD; Villanova University, Economics BA Cum Laude

General Administration

  • Interim President

    Dr. Ann Leja, DNP

  • Interim Chief Academic Officer

    Carrie Daninhirsch, MS

  • Chief Executive Officer

    Tom Slagle, BS

  • Chief Financial Officer

    Kevin Delano, MBA

  • Chief Enrollment Management Officer

    Don DeVito, MBA

  • Senior Vice President of External and College Relations

    Tawnie Cortez, BA

  • Vice President of Human Capital

    Anita Wilson, JD

  • Vice President and Executive Director of Nursing

    Dr. John Smith-Coppes, EdD

  • Vice President of Nursing

    Dr. Joan Rich, DNP

  • Assistant Vice President of Student Financial Aid

    Catherine Breuer, MFA

  • College Registrar

    Juliana Klocek, MBA

Academic Administration

  • Interim Assistant Vice President Learning and Teaching

    Kailyn Hauck, MS

  • Assistant Vice President of the Institutional Research and Assessment

    Dr. Matthew Segaard, PhD

  • Assistant Vice President of Academic Innovation

    Brooks Doherty, MA

  • Assistant Vice President of Undergraduate Education

    Jennifer Ayotte, MS

  • Dean of Graduate Education

    Dr. Joy Henrich, EdD

  • Department Dean of Schools of Business and General Education

    Jennifer Moorhead, MBA

  • Department Dean of School of Design

    Jennifer Ayotte, MS

  • Department Dean of Social Services

    Dr. Rikkisha Gilmore-Byrd, DrPH

  • Interim Department Deans of Health Sciences

    Jeremy Barthels, DC; Linda Kennedy, MBA

  • Department Dean of School of Technology

    Rodney Crater, MS

  • Dean of Library and Learning Services

    Jon Mladic, MA

  • South Central Regional Dean of Academic Affairs

    Dr. Lynne Croteau, EdD

  • Interim Northern Regional Dean of Academic Affairs

    Dr. Robert Neuteboom, PhD; Jenn Endries, MS

  • Senior Dean of Nursing

    Dr. Georgia Vest, DNP

  • South Central Regional Dean of Nursing

    Dr. Kelly McCullough, DNP

  • Northern Regional Dean of Nursing

    Dr. Alexandra Torres, DNP

Enrollment Management

  • Vice President of Admissions and Student Experience

    Dwayne Bertotto, BS

  • Vice President, Campus Operations and Student Services

    Eric Whitehouse, MPA

  • Assistant Vice President of Admissions

    Chris Phillips, BA

  • Assistant Vice President, Campus Operations and Student Services

    Lamont Allen, BA

  • Regional Admissions Vice President

    Lisa Riley, MBA

Campus Deans

  • Academic Dean of Bachelor Completer Services

    Jamie Kahon, DC

  • Academic Dean, Bloomington/Blaine

    Tracy Tepley, MS

  • Academic Dean, Brooklyn Park

    April Ray, MA

  • Academic Dean, Eagan/Lake Elmo

    Andy LaMere, MA

  • Academic Dean, Fargo/Moorhead

    Robert Neuteboom, MA

  • Academic Dean, Fort Myers

    Dr. Tracie Steed, DC

  • Academic Dean, Green Bay

    Jenn Endries, MS

  • Academic Dean, Land O' Lakes/New Port Richey

    Brenda Garcia, MA

  • Academic Dean, Mankato

    Donna Wenkel, MS

  • Academic Dean, Mokena/Aurora

    Julie Lawrence, MEd

  • Academic Dean, National Online

    Donna Wenkel, MS

  • Academic Dean, Ocala

    Laurie Harmon, MBA

  • Academic Dean, Rockford

    Dr. Caroline Gulbrandsen, EdD

  • Academic Dean, Romeoville/Joliet

    Andy Binanti, MS

  • Academic Dean, St. Cloud

    Laurie Larson, MA

  • Academic Dean, Tampa/Brandon

    Lynette Barcewicz, MEd

  • Academic Dean, Topeka/Overland Park

    Dr. Etta Steed, DM

  • Academic Dean, Wausau

    Jamie Kahon, DC

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