Leadership Team

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Campus Presidents and Directors

Milton Anderson

Milton Anderson President - Virginia College in Jackson

Eric Berrios

Eric Berrios President - Virginia College in Mobile

Mike Burkett

Mike Burkett President - Virginia College in Jacksonville

James Campbell

James Campbell President - Virginia College in Greensboro

Mike Cleary

Mike Cleary President - Virginia College in Augusta

Kim Coolidge

Kim Coolidge President - Virginia College in Pensacola

Veronica Cram

Veronica Cram President - Virginia College in Huntsville

Dominick DeLorenzo

Dominick DeLorenzo President - Virginia College in Chattanooga

Tim Eberlein

Tim Eberlein Director - Golf Academy of America in Phoenix

Vincent Femia

Vincent Femia President - Virginia College in Fort Pierce

Nick Foong

Nick Foong President - Virginia College in Columbia

Harvey Giblin

Harvey Giblin President - Virginia College at Austin

Chris Gorrie

Chris Gorrie President - Ecotech Institute in Denver

Greg Gossett

Greg Gossett President - Virginia College in Baton Rouge

Jim Hart

Jim Hart Director - Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach

Howard Horton Esq.

Howard Horton, Esq. President - New England College of Business

Richard Iorio

Richard Iorio Director - Golf Academy of America in San Diego

Beverly Jeffries

Beverly Jeffries President - Virginia College in Columbus

Madeline Little

Madeline Little President - Virginia College in Montgomery

Mike McDonald

Mike McDonald Director - Golf Academy of America in Dallas

Adam Merkle

Adam Merkle President - Virginia College in Biloxi

Susan Merritt

Susan Merritt President - Virginia College in Richmond

James Michel

James Michel President - Virginia College in Lubbock

Kevin Newby

Kevin Newby President - Virginia College in Greenville and Virginia College in Spartanburg

Melody Rider

Melody Rider President - Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City

Kristan Ryan

Kristan Ryan President - Virginia College in Savannah

Khaled Sakalla

Khaled Sakalla President - Virginia College in Birmingham

Mitch Sudy

Mitch Sudy President - Virginia College in Charleston

James Sutton

James Sutton President - Virginia College in Macon

Shannon Swartz

Shannon Swartz Campus President - Virginia College in Florence

Sergio Takahashi

Sergio Takahashi President - Virginia College in Knoxville

Stephanie Thrasher

Stephanie Thrasher President - Virginia College in Tulsa

Brad Turner

Brad Turner Director - Golf Academy of America in Orlando

Executive Team

Stu Reed

Stu Reed President and Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining ECA as President and COO, Stu Reed was the President of Sears Home Services, a 3.7 billion dollar business focused on providing a broad portfolio of in-home services. Before his time at Sears, Stu was President of the Motorola Mobile Device business after coming to the company to establish the Worldwide Operations group reporting to the CEO. He also spent 20+ years at IBM where he led Worldwide Manufacturing and Engineering for all Hardware and Software. Stu received his BA in Business from Michigan State University, and his MS in Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Sloan Fellow.

Christopher Boehm

Christopher Boehm Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining ECA, Chris Boehm served as a Managing Director at Willis Stein & Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm and ECA's majority shareholder, where he spent thirteen years. At Willis Stein, he was responsible for initiating and structuring transactions, overseeing portfolio company management teams and arranging for the disposition of investments, most recently serving on the boards of directors of six portfolio companies across several sectors. Chris is also a co-founder and outside director of Lincoln Renewable Energy, a leading renewable energy development company. Before Willis Stein, he was in the investment banking division of Salomon Brothers, where he was involved with a variety of M&A and corporate finance transactions. Chris received an M.B.A. from Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration and a B.S. in Finance and Accountancy from Miami University.

Mark Mullison

Mark Mullison Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Mark Mullison brings more than 20 years of technical and leadership experience to ECA, where his responsibilities include leading and prioritizing IT deliverables that support and enable the growth of the business, as well as providing strategy and thought leadership to ECA's systems integration, automation, and learning technology efforts. In his career, Mark has successfully managed in excess of $200 million in systems solutions—from concept to operation—for companies including Sprint, Alcatel, Orange and Level 3 Communications. In 2006 he founded Landmark Technologies Corporation to provide technology and management consulting services that improve the operating performance of companies with complex global operations. He has a proven track record of building and managing high-performance processes, systems and organizations in over 65 countries around the world. Mark received his B.S. in computer science from the University of Michigan and has completed the Essentials of Management Program at the Wharton School of Business.

Roger L. Swartzwelder

Roger L. Swartzwelder Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel

Roger Swartzwelder joined ECA in April 2005. He previously was counsel at Dow Lohnes PLLC, a Washington-based law firm specializing in higher education matters, from 2002 to 2005. Prior to that, he worked at the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) for more than thirteen years, including more than eight years as Associate Executive Director. Since joining ECA, Roger was elected to a three-year term as an ACICS Commissioner in 2007, and he was reappointed in 2009 to a second three-year term through December 31, 2012. He is the ACICS Chairman of the Board in 2012 and previously chaired the Audit Committee and the Financial Review Committee. Roger holds JD and MBA degrees from The George Washington University and a BA degree from Dickinson College.

Charles Trierweiler

Charles Trierweiler Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Charles Trierweiler joined ECA from Capella University where he worked in marketing and business management. He began his career in marketing and product planning with Cadillac Motor Car, followed by twelve years with Alberto Culver in brand management. For six of those years he was head of marketing for the company’s European subsidiary headquartered in Sweden. Prior to Capella, he headed marketing and advertising at Supervalu, a top ten U.S. food retailer. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Dr. John Woods

Dr. John Woods Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer

Prior to joining ECA, John Woods served as Chief Academic Officer for the career schools division of Career Education Corporation, which included Le Cordon Bleu, Missouri College, IADT, Sanford Brown, Harrington College, Briarcliffe and Brooks Institute. John holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University, and has served as a peer evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission. John began his career in higher education focused on helping colleges and universities leverage technology for instruction with the Eduprise, Collegis,and Deltak family of companies. He next served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Rasmussen College for several years and later created the international education division for Harrison College. John also has several years of experience as an adjunct faculty member both online and in the traditional classroom.

Board of Directors

  • Avy H. Stein (Chairman) Managing Partner, Willis Stein & Partners
  • Thomas A. Moore Jr. (Vice Chairman) Retired CEO, Education Corporation of America
  • John Bakalar Former President and COO, Rand McNally Corporation
  • Christopher Boehm Executive Vice President and CFO, Education Corporation of America
  • John P. Frazee Jr. Retired President, Sprint Corporation
  • Gary Kerber Retired Chairman and CEO, Kaplan Higher Education Corporation
  • Christopher Larson Vice President, Willis Stein & Partners
  • Michael E. Lavin Retired Midwest Area Managing Partner, KPMG, LLP
  • Michael Moskow Vice Chair and Distinguished Fellow, Global Economy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • Stu Reed President and CEO, Education Corporation of America
  • Matthew Shafer Partner, Vision Capital Americas, LLC
  • Denis Suggs President and Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Materials, Inc.