Setting Our Direction on the Right Path

Rasmussen University is guided by a carefully curated group with extensive and diverse institutional experience. The Board of Directors is responsible for governing Rasmussen University. 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 University.

Board of Directors

    Board of Director Dr. Henry Bienen
    Henry S. Bienen, PhD
    • Chairman, Public Member
    • Education: University of Chicago, MA, PhD; Cornell University, BA with Honors

    Henry S. Bienen is the President Emeritus of Northwestern University. He was elected the 15th president in June 1994 and retired in August 2009.

    Dr. Bienen is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Rasmussen University, as well as on their Academic Advisory Council, and has served on the Rasmussen FAH Board. He is also Chairman of the Board for the Crown Center on Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. Dr. Bienen serves as a member of the Board of Directors for GCM Grosvenor, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, and Ryan Specialty Group, where he also serves on their Audit Committee.

    Formerly, Dr. Bienen was a member of the Board of Directors for the Council on Foreign Relations, and also served on the Chicago Board of Education during Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first term. He previously served as President of the Poetry Foundation.

    Prior to becoming Northwestern’s president, Dr. Bienen was the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

    Dr. Bienen received a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Cornell University in 1960 and a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1961. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Chicago in 1966. In 2008, the Northwestern University Board of Trustees honored him and his wife, Leigh, a senior lecturer at Northwestern University School of Law, by naming the University's School of Music the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music. The Bienens have three daughters, five grandsons and one granddaughter.

    Board of Director Dr. Kenneth Ender
    Kenneth L. Ender, PhD
    • 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

    Professor of Practice, Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research, North Carolina State University
    President Emeritus, William Rainey Harper College

    Dr. Ender has served higher education continuously as a faculty member and/or administrator since 1972. His roles have included Director, Dean, Associate Vice President, Vice President and President. He served as President of Cumberland County College (NJ) from 1998-2009, and as President of William Rainey Harper (IL) from 2009-2019.

    In Dr. Ender’s current role at NC State, he teaches graduate-level courses in the community college leadership doctoral program, chairs doctoral committees and advises doctoral students. In 2015, he was selected by the NC State Graduate School of Education program to deliver the annual Dallas Herring Lecture.

    Over the course of his career, Dr. Ender has published, consulted and delivered conference presentations continuously. In 2021, he was awarded the Leadership Award for Outstanding Contributions to the field by the American Association of Community Colleges. In 2016, while Dr. Ender was serving as its President, William Rainey Harper College was awarded the Leah Austin Meyer Award by the Achieving the Dream College network. The award is given to colleges who demonstrate considerable improvement in improving graduation rates and reducing success gaps among various student communities.

    In addition to his current teaching role, Dr. Ender mentors Aspen Aspiring Presidents Fellows and coaches Presidents in the Achieving the Dream network, as well as holding several board appointments.

    Dr. Ender resides in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife, Cathy, his grandson Shaun and the family dog, Sissy.

    Board of Director Daniel Piankov
    Daniel Pianko, MBA
    • Director, Private Member
    • Education: Stanford Graduate School of Business, MBA; Stanford Graduate School of Education, MA; Columbia University, BA

    Mr. Pianko is co-founder and managing director at University Ventures (UV). With over a decade of experience in education, Mr. Pianko has built a reputation as a trusted education adviser and innovator in student finance, medical education and postsecondary education. Mr. Pianko began his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs. Since then, he has invested in, founded, advised or managed a number of education-related businesses. He established a student loan fund, served as chief of staff for the public/private investments in the Philadelphia School District and worked as a hedge fund analyst. He serves on a number of boards, including the Boards of Trustees of Harlem Village Academies and of American Public Education, Inc.

    Board Director Angela Selden
    Angela Selden, BA
    • CEO, American Public Education, Inc.
    • Education: University of St. Thomas, BA in Accounting and Computer Science

    Angela Selden was appointed Chief Executive Officer of American Public Education in September 2019. Ms. Selden brings more than 30 years of experience in technology and technology-enabled services, both within private-equity and publicly traded environments, and has deep experience executing business transformation initiatives for Fortune 500 clients. She was previously CEO and board member of DIGARC, a leading education technology provider to higher education institutions. Previous roles include CEO of Workforce Insight, a global, strategic workforce consulting, analytics and services company serving Fortune 100 clients; CEO and Executive Co-Chairman of Arise Virtual Solutions, a virtual workforce solutions outsourcer; and interim CEO of Skybridge Americas, a global contact center and provider of fulfillment solutions. Ms. Selden serves on the University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business Strategic Board of Governors and was honored as the University’s Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012. Ms. Selden currently serves as Chairman of DinerIQ and as a board member of TalentWave. Earlier in her career, Ms. Selden spent 18 years at Accenture, including serving as the Managing Partner, leading the North American Consumer and Industrial Products group to significant growth.

    Paula Singer
    Paula Singer, BS
    • Director, Private Member
    • Education: University of Connecticut, BS

    Ms. Singer has an extensive background in higher education, having served as a chief executive officer, board chair and public company officer for multiple organizations. In January 2022, after 27 years at Laureate Education, Inc., she retired as the CEO of Laureate Online and Walden University. During that time, she also served as chairman of Walden University for 19 years. She is the co-founder and principal owner of Nurturing Nest Montessori School and serves as a board director at the University of Connecticut Foundation.

    Ms. Singer graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor of science degree in education. She is proud to have been the first education major selected for the prestigious University Scholar program.

    Board of Director Sharon Parrott
    Sharon Thomas Parrott, MA
    • 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 corporate and education compliance, internal audit, government and public relations, and higher education accreditation and licensing. She also served as the founding President of the DeVry Charitable Foundation and the DeVry Scholarship Fund. Previously, Ms. Thomas Parrott worked as a Program and Training Officer at the U. S. Department of Education and held faculty and administrative positions at several Illinois colleges and universities. She began her career as a Chicago Public School teacher and has served on numerous boards and commissions for the State of Illinois, One Goal, The College Board and America’s Promise Alliance.

    Matt Yale
    Matthew Yale, MBA
    • 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.

    General Administration

    • President

      Paula Singer, BS

    • Senior Vice President and Provost

      Savitri V. Dixon-Saxon, PhD, LCMHC

    • Senior Vice President of Finance and Transformation

      Rick Patro, BBA

    • Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

      Dwayne Bertotto, BA

    • University Registrar

      Juliana Klocek, MBA

    Academic Administration

    • Vice President of Online Education

      Carrie Daninhirsch, EdD

    • Vice President and Associate Provost, School of Nursing

      Karin Polifko, PhD

    • Vice President Online Operations

      Lamont Allen, BA

    • Vice President of Academic Excellence & Innovation

      Brooks Doherty, EdD

    • Assistant Vice President of Institutional Research and Assessment

      Matthew Segaard, PhD

    • Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students

      Jennifer Ayotte, MS

    • Assistant Vice President Faculty Excellence

      Kailyn Helget, MS

    • Assistant Vice President, Pre-Licensure, School of Nursing

      Georgia Vest, DNP

    • Assistant Vice President, Post-Licensure, School of Nursing

      Josh Hamilton, DNP

    • Assistant Vice President of Graduate Education

      Joy Henrich, EdD

    • Assistant Vice President for the Center of Nursing Excellence

      Loretta (Lynn) Bilder, PhD

    • Dean, School of Education and Social Sciences & General Education

      Rikkisha Gilmore-Byrd, DrPH

    • Dean, School of Health Sciences

      Linda Kennedy, MBA

    • Dean, School of Business, Technology & Design

      Lynne Croteau, EdD

    • Dean, Quality & Effectiveness

      Kelly McCullough, DNP

    • Regional Dean of Nursing & Administrator

      Alexandra Torres, DNP

    Operations and Student Services

    • Vice President, Online Operations

      Lisa Riley, MBA

    • Vice President, Campus Operations

      Staceyann Jibbison, MA

    • Vice President of Central Student Operations

      Lori Jonason, BS

    • Vice President, Campus Operations

      Chris Springer, BA

    • Vice President, Workforce Solutions

      Morgan Meyer Jensen, BS

    • Vice President, Campus Operations

      Chris Phillips, BA

    Statement of Ownership

    Rasmussen College, LLC, d.b.a. Rasmussen University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Public Education, Inc., (APEI), a Delaware Corporation. APEI is a publicly-traded corporation, the common stock of which is listed on NASDAQ. APEI is located at 111 W. Congress Street, Charles Town, WV 25414.

    Officers of Rasmussen College, LLC:

    • Paula Singer, BS, President
    • Savitri V. Dixon-Saxon, PhD, LCMHC, Senior Vice President and Provost
    • Dwayne Bertotto, BA, Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
    • Rick Sunderland, MBA, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
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