Education Corporation of America Announces Addition of Kahn and Iwamoto to Leadership Team

Apr 2, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – April 1, 2014 – Birmingham-based Education Corporation of America (ECA) is pleased to announce two additions to its leadership staff including David Kahn, who will serve as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, and Dawn Iwamoto, ECA's new Chief Academic Officer and Provost.

"We are excited to welcome David and Dawn to ECA," says Deb Lenart, President and Chief Operating Officer of ECA, the parent company of Virginia College, Golf Academy of America, Ecotech Institute and New England College of Business. "David and Dawn have immense experience in their respective fields, and we know they will be positive assets to ECA by serving as outstanding leaders in their departments."

In his role as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Kahn will be responsible for the full range of human resources including organization design and development, compensation and benefits, staffing, workforce planning, learning and development and employee relations.

Kahn brings a wealth of human resources expertise to the ECA leadership team. Much of his experience is in the service and hospitality industry in marquee companies including PepsiCo, Wendy's International and Aramark Corporation. Most recently, Kahn was the Managing Director of Quotient Consulting, a global management consulting firm with a focus on advancing organizational growth, design and development, where he led the restructuring of the U.S. sales organization of a $12B global distribution company. With more than 25 years of corporate experience, Kahn has the proven knowledge and skills to effectively align human resource practices to meet business objectives, improve employee morale and drive associate engagement. Khan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

At ECA, Iwamoto will be responsible for the academic oversight of all programs and will work with the executive leadership team and the campuses to ensure a positive academic experience for students.

Iwamoto has more than 30 years of teaching and administrative experience and comes to ECA from University of Phoenix, where she held various leadership positions and led a wide array of academic initiatives for the past 13 years. Most recently, Iwamoto was Senior Vice President and Interim Provost, serving more than 263,000 campus-based and online students. Prior to this, she held a number of leadership positions at the Fountain Hills Unified School District in Arizona. Iwamoto is also a consulting editor for the International Journal of Special Education and a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

Iwamoto earned her Doctorate of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Higher Education and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary and Special Education from Michigan State University.

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About Virginia College and Education Corporation of America
Birmingham, Ala.-based Education Corporation of America (ECA) is a leader in the post-secondary career school market with current enrollment of over 19,000 students. Holdings include Virginia College, founded in 1983, a private institution of higher education that offers non-degree and associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in the areas of Health and Medical, Business, Information Technology, Computer Design, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts and more with locations in 27 different cities in the following states: Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. ECA also offers classes online via and operates Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, Golf Academy of America schools in California, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas and Florida, and Ecotech Institute in Colorado, which is the first and only college focused on preparing students for careers in renewable energy and sustainable design. These schools are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) which is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

ECA also owns and operates New England College of Business in Massachusetts, a fully online college which is regionally accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and is licensed by Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

For more information, contact Diane Worthington at or (205) 329-7911.