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.

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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.

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.

Board of Director Matthew 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.

Academic Advisory Council

Debra Albert

Debra Albert, DNP

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. William Carroll

William J. Carroll, PhD

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

Stacy Clawson, PhD

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, PhD Educational Technology; Arizona State University, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education

Carrie Daninshirsch

Carrie Daninhirsch, MA

Vice President of Academic Affairs, Rasmussen University

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

General Administration

  • Interim President

    Ann Leja, DNP

  • Vice President of Academic Affairs

    Carrie Daninhirsch, MS

  • Chief Executive Officer

    Tom Slagle, BS

  • Chief Financial Officer

    Kevin Delano, MBA

  • Chief Enrollment Management Officer

    Don DeVito, MBA

  • Chief Information Officer

    Rich DeJong, BA

  • Senior Vice President of External and University Relations

    Tawnie Cortez, BA

  • Vice President and Executive Director of Nursing

    John Smith-Coppes, EdD

  • Vice President of Nursing

    Joan Rich, DNP

  • Assistant Vice President of Student Financial Aid

    Catherine Breuer, MFA

  • University Registrar

    Juliana Klocek, MBA

  • General Counsel

    Lori Kruizenga, JD

Academic Administration

  • Assistant Vice President of the Institutional Research and Assessment

    Matthew Segaard, PhD

  • Assistant Vice President of Academic Innovation

    Brooks Doherty, EdD

  • Assistant Vice President of Undergraduate Education

    Jennifer Ayotte, MS

  • Assistant Vice President Learning and Teaching

    Kailyn Hauck, MS

  • Assistant Vice President of School of Nursing

    Georgia Vest, DNP

  • Dean of Graduate Education

    Joy Henrich, EdD

  • Department Dean of School of Business and General Education

    Jennifer Moorhead, MBA

  • Department Dean of School of Design

    Jennifer Ayotte, MS

  • Department Dean of Social Services

    Rikkisha Gilmore-Byrd, DrPH

  • Department Dean of School of Health Sciences

    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

    Lynne Croteau, EdD

  • Northern Regional Dean of Academic Affairs

    Robert Neuteboom, PhD; Jenn Endries, MS

  • South Central Regional Dean of Nursing

    Kelly McCullough, DNP

  • Northern Regional Dean of Nursing

    Alexandra Torres, DNP

Enrollment Management

  • Vice President of Admissions and Student Experience

    Dwayne Bertotto, BS

  • Vice President of Campus Operations and Student Services

    Eric Whitehouse, MPA

  • Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy

    Dale Leatherwood, MBA

  • Regional Admissions Vice President

    Lisa Riley, MBA

  • Assistant Vice President of Admissions

    Chris Phillips, BA

  • Assistant Vice President of Campus Operations and Student Services

    Lamont Allen, BA

  • Assistant Vice President of Campus Operations and Student Services

    Staceyann Jibbison, MA

  • Assistant Vice President of Campus Operations and Student Services

    Chris Springer, BA

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, Central Pasco

    Brenda Garcia, MA

  • Academic Dean, Eagan/Lake Elmo

    Andy LaMere, MA

  • Academic Dean, Fargo/Moorhead

    Robert Neuteboom, MA

  • Academic Dean, Green Bay

    Jenn Endries, MS

  • Academic Dean, Mankato

    Donna Wenkel, MS

  • Academic Dean, Mokena/Aurora

    Sheila Yarbrough, PhD

  • Academic Dean, National Online

    Donna Wenkel, MS

  • Academic Dean, Ocala

    Laurie Harmon, MBA

  • Academic Dean, Ocala S

    Andy Binanti, EdD

  • Academic Dean, Romeoville/Joliet

    Christopher Roe, MBA

  • Academic Dean, St. Cloud

    Laurie Larson, EdD

  • Academic Dean, Tampa/Brandon

    Lynette Barcewicz, MEd

  • Academic Dean, Topeka/Overland Park

    Etta Steed, DM

  • Academic Dean, Wausau

    Jamie Kahon, DC

  • Graduate Studies Dean

    Caroline Gulbrandsen, EdD

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