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Our Board of Directors

The leaders on our Board of Directors have shaped the future of higher education, technology and other sectors at some of the nation’s most distinguished companies and organizations. With decades of strategic and leadership experience, they bring a wide range of perspectives and talents to our shared mission of helping institutions innovate and grow in a changing landscape.

  • James E. Cowie

    Chairman of the Board

    Mr. Cowie is a Senior Advisor at Frontenac Company, a Chicago-based private equity firm specializing in business services and technology-enabled solutions. He represents Frontenac on the Diversified Maintenance Systems Board of Directors and for more than 25 years has led or co-led numerous Frontenac investments including 3E Company, Gevity HR, Premier Systems Integrators, Systems Maintenance Services and Wausau Financial Systems. Cowie previously served at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets. Mr. Cowie is Trustee Emeritus of Colby College and a Life Trustee of the Illinois Institute of Technology.
  • John A. Canning, Jr.

    Mr. Canning is co-founder and chairman of the private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP). With more than three decades in private equity investing, he has held executive roles with the First National Bank of Chicago and First Chicago Venture Capital. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University.
  • Faris F. Chesley

    Mr. Chesley is the founder and chairman of the Chicago-based investment management firm Chesley, Taft & Associates. Previously, he served as Vice Chairman of ABN AMRO Incorporated and Vice President and Director for Prescott, Ball & Turben, Inc. Mr. Chesley is an independent trustee of the Henderson Global Funds, a London-based firm that holds more than $100 billion in assets. He is also Chairman of Investments for Presbyterian Homes.
  • Gerald A. Gagliardi

    Mr. Gagliardi is Managing Partner of NetWolves Corporation, a provider of network monitoring services. Previously, he held leadership positions at Lyme Technology, Unisys, Inacom and NRC Corporation. He previously served on the board of TelMar Corporation.
  • Bernard Goldstein

    Mr. Goldstein is a founder of Broadview International LLC, an investment bank serving the information technology industry. He currently serves as a Trustee for the University of Pennsylvania Library, the Charles Babbage Foundation and is a past director of Apple Inc
  • Robert E. King

    Vice Chairman

    Mr. King has spent his career building businesses with a focus on the application of technology to education. He has participated in the formation and building of seven companies. One of these companies was an early pioneer in the development of video/computer-based self-instruction and another in the use of the internet/worldwide web to deliver degree-based programs.

    For his work in the application of technology to education, Benedictine University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Academy for Urban School Leadership, the African Wildlife Foundation, and Northwestern University Wildcat Athletics Venture Enterprise (NU/WAVE) fund. He is a member of The Commercial Club of Chicago and The Economic Club of Chicago.

  • J. Michael Locke

    Mr. Locke currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Cancer Research Foundation, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, and the McDermond Center Advisory Board of DePauw University. Previously, Mr. Locke held leadership positions with Rasmussen, Inc, Rasmussen College and Collegis Education. Additionally, he served as CFO of Eduprise, a pioneer in the eLearning market for higher education.

Let’s explore how to grow your institution.

Every school has unique opportunities to grow. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can make an immediate impact on your institution, contact us today. We tailor our solutions to your needs and we only deliver what’s right for you—but first we need to learn more about you.

Let’s have a conversation.

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