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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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, PhD Educational Technology; Arizona State University, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education
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 University’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
Tom Slagle, BBA
Carrie Daninhirsch, MS
Kevin Delano, MBA
Don DeVito, MBA
Rich DeJong, BA
John Smith-Coppes, EdD
Joan Rich, DNP
Catherine Breuer, MFA
Juliana Klocek, MBA
Lori Kruizenga, JD
Matthew Segaard, PhD
Brooks Doherty, EdD
Jennifer Ayotte, MS
Kailyn Hauck, MS
Georgia Vest, DNP
Joy Henrich, EdD
Jennifer Moorhead, MBA
Jennifer Ayotte, MS
Rikkisha Gilmore-Byrd, PhD
Linda Kennedy, MBA
Rodney Crater, MS
Jon Mladic, MA
Lynne Croteau, EdD
Robert Neuteboom, PhD; Jenn Endries, MS
Kelly McCullough, DNP
Alexandra Torres, DNP
Dwayne Bertotto, BS
Eric Whitehouse, MPA
Dale Leatherwood, MBA
Lisa Riley, MBA
Chris Phillips, BA
Lamont Allen, BA
Staceyann Jibbison, MA
Chris Springer, BA
Jamie Kahon, DC
Tracy Tepley, MS
April Ray, MA
Brenda Garcia, MA
Andy LaMere, MA
Robert Neuteboom, PhD
Jenn Endries, MS
Donna Wenkel, MS
Sheila Yarbrough, PhD
Donna Wenkel, MS
Laurie Harmon, MBA
Andy Binanti, EdD
Christopher Roe, MBA
Laurie Larson, EdD
Lynette Barcewicz, MEd
Etta Steed, DM
Jamie Kahon, DC
Caroline Gulbrandsen, EdD