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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.

Board of Directors

Dr. Henry S. Bienen

  • Chairman
  • Education: University of Chicago, M.A., Ph.D.; Cornell University, B.A. 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.

Dr. Trenda Boyum-Breen

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

Dr. Boyum-Breen was appointed President of Rasmussen College in 2015 with over 20 years of experience in higher education. Previously, she served as Chief Academic Officer at the College. Dr. Boyum-Breen also served as the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs for Metropolitan State University. She serves on the boards of the Jeremiah Program and American Council on Education Women’s Network of Minnesota. She has published and presented nationally on key higher education topics and is the author of “Across the Sectors."

Herman Bulls

  • Director
  • Education: United States Military Academy at West Point, B.S.; Harvard Business School, M.B.A.

Mr. Bulls is Vice Chairman, Americas, at Jones Lang LaSalle as well as Founder and International Director of its Public Institutions Business Unit. He is a former Assistant Professor of Finance and Economics at West Point and serves on the Board of Directors 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, ITT Exelis and Comfort Systems, USA.

Dr. Kenneth L. Ender

  • Director, Public Member
  • Education: Virginia Commonwealth University, Ph.D. 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.

Stanford J. Goldblatt, Esq.

  • Director
  • Education: Harvard College, Education B.A. Magna Cum Laude; Harvard University, LL.B. Magna Cum Laude

Mr. Goldblatt, Esq. is Of Counsel at Winston & Strawn LLP, has served as head of its private equity practice and was included twice in “Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law.” He is a Trustee Emeritus of the University of Chicago, a Trustee of the University of Chicago Medical Center, a Trustee of the Cancer Research Foundation and member of the Commercial Club of Chicago. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors of MacLean-Fogg Company and Sigma International Group, Inc.

Robert E. King

  • Vice Chairman
  • 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, for which he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Benedictine University. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for 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.

Sharon T. Parrott

  • Director, Public Member
  • Education: University of Illinois, B.A., M.A.

Ms. 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. 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.

Thomas M. Slagle

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Education: University of Toledo, Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration

Mr. Slagle is the former 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. Previously, 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. Prior to leaving Cardinal, he was Group President of the $7.5 billion medical segment.

John C. Staley

  • Director
  • Education: College of the Holy Cross, B.S.; DePaul University School of Law, J.D.

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

Kristi A. Waite

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

Ms. Waite became a member of the Board of Directors upon her retirement after serving for 17 years as President of Rasmussen College. Under her leadership, the College added 18 campuses in four states, several new areas of study, 21 Bachelor’s degrees, regional accreditation status from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and other programmatic accreditations. She chaired the Minnesota Career College Association and has participated in legislative issues affecting higher education in various states across the country.

Academic Council

Debra Albert

Chief Nursing Officer and Sr. Vice President of Patient Care Services, University of Chicago Medicine

Debra Albert is the Chief Nursing Officer and Sr. Vice President of Patient Care Services at the University of Chicago Medicine, where she oversees approximately 2,600 nurses across the organization. Albert graduated from the revered Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellows Program in 2010 and began her career at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Health System’s Fairview Hospital. As Chief Nursing Officer of the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Albert elevated the nursing-related patient experience and led a $4.7 million capital-improvement campaign.

Education: University of Akron, B.N.S., M.S.N.; Cleveland State University, M.B.A.

Dr. Henry S. Bienen

Chairman, Rasmussen College and 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, M.A., Ph.D.; Cornell University, B.A. with Honors

Dr. Trenda Boyum-Breen

President, Rasmussen College

Dr. Boyum-Breen was appointed President of Rasmussen College in 2015 with over 20 years of experience in higher education. Previously, she served as Chief Academic Officer at the College. Dr. Boyum-Breen also served as the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs for Metropolitan State University. She serves on the boards of the Jeremiah Program and American Council on Education Women’s Network of Minnesota. She has published and presented nationally on key higher education topics and is the author of "Across the Sectors."

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

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, D.C., Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Philosophy; University of Scranton, Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy

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

Dr. Kenneth L. Ender

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, Ph.D. in Urban Services Leadership; University of Georgia, Master’s degree in Education; Virginia Commonwealth University, Bachelor’s degree in Business Management

Robert E. King

Vice Chairman, Rasmussen College and Collegis Education, Inc.

Mr. King has spent his career building businesses with a focus on the application of technology to education, for which he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Benedictine University. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for 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.

Education: Northwestern University, B.S. in Business Administration

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, J.D.; Villanova University, Economics B.A. Cum Laude

Kristi A. Waite

President Emeritus, Rasmussen College

Ms. Waite became a member of the Board of Directors upon retirement after serving for 17 years as President of Rasmussen College. Under her leadership, the College added 18 campuses in four states, several new areas of study, 21 Bachelor’s degrees, regional accreditation status from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and other programmatic accreditations. She chaired the Minnesota Career College Association and has participated in legislative issues affecting higher education in various states across the country.

Education: Concordia University, B.A.

General Administration

  • President

    Dr. Trenda Boyum-Breen, Ed.D.

  • Chief Executive Officer

    Tom Slagle, B.S.

  • Vice President of Academic Affairs/CAO

    Dr. Ann Leja, D.N.P.

  • Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Kevin Delano, M.B.A.

  • Chief Enrollment Management Officer

    Don Devito, M.B.A.

  • Senior Vice President of External and College Relations

    Tawnie Cortez, B.A.

  • Vice President of Human Capital

    Anita Wilson, J.D.

  • Vice President and Executive Director of Nursing

    Dr. John Smith-Coppes, Ed.D.

  • Vice President of Nursing

    Dr. Joan Rich, D.N.P.

  • Executive Director of Business, Technology and Design

    Michael Burica, M.B.A.

  • Assistant Vice President of Student Financial Aid

    Catherine Breuer, M.F.A.

  • College Registrar

    Juliana Klocek, M.B.A.

Academic Administration

  • Dean of Graduate Education

    Dr. Joy Henrich, Ed.D.

  • Assistant Vice President of Learning and Teaching

    Carrie Daninhirsch, M.S.

  • Assistant Vice President of the Institutional Research and Assessment

    Dr. Matthew Segaard, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Vice President of Academic Innovation

    Brooks Doherty, M.A.

  • Dean of Library and Learning Services

    Jon Mladic, M.A.

  • South Central Regional Dean of Academic Affairs

    Lynne Croteau, M.B.A., M.H.R.M.

  • Northern Regional Dean of Academic Affairs

    Kailyn Hauck, M.S.

  • Senior Dean of Nursing

    Dr. Georgia Vest, D.N.P.

  • South Central Regional Dean of Nursing

    Dr. Kelly McCullough, D.N.P.

  • Northern Regional Dean of Nursing

    Alexandra Torres, M.S.N.

  • Department Dean of Business

    Jennifer Moorhead, M.B.A.

  • Department Dean of Design and Technology

    Jennifer Ayotte, M.S.

  • Department Dean of Education and Justice Studies

    Dr. Jamie Kahon, D.C.

  • Department Dean of Health Sciences

    Dr. Christian Wright, D.C.

Enrollment Management

  • Senior Regional Vice President

    Greg Witte, B.M.E.

  • Regional Vice President

    Eric Whitehouse, M.P.A.

  • Vice President of Admissions and Student Experience

    Dwayne Bertotto, B.S.

  • Regional Admissions Vice President

    Lisa Riley, M.B.A.

  • Assistant Vice President of Admissions

    Chris Phillips, B.A.

  • Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs

    Lamont Allen, B.A.

Campus Deans

  • Academic Dean of Bachelor-Completor Services

    Venus Fischer, M.B.A.

  • Academic Dean, Bloomington/Blaine

    Tracy Tepley, M.S.

  • Academic Dean, Brooklyn Park

    Kailyn Hauck, M.S.

  • Academic Dean, Eagan/Lake Elmo

    Andy LaMere, M.A.

  • Academic Dean, Fargo/Moorhead

    Robert Neuteboom, M.A.

  • Academic Dean, Fort Myers

    Dr. Tracie Steed, D.C.

  • Academic Dean, Green Bay

    Jenn Endries, M.S.

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

    Brenda Garcia, M.A.

  • Academic Dean, Mankato

    Donna Wenkel, M.S.

  • Academic Dean, Mokena/Aurora

    Julie Lawrence, M.Ed.

  • Academic Dean, National Online

    Shadd Piehl, M.F.A.

  • Academic Dean, Ocala

    Laurie Harmon, M.B.A.

  • Academic Dean, Rockford

    Dr. Caroline Gulbrandsen, Ed.D.

  • Academic Dean, Romeoville/Joliet

    Andy Binanti, M.S.

  • Academic Dean, St. Cloud

    Laurie Larson, M.A.

  • Academic Dean, Tampa/Brandon

    Lynette Barcewicz, M.Ed.

  • Academic Dean, Topeka/Overland Park

    Dr. Etta Steed, D.M.

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