Diane Auer Jones, VP External and Regulatory Affairs, Career Education Corp.
Diane Auer Jones is the Vice President of External and Regulatory Affairs for Career Education Corporation (CEC). Ms. Auer Jones served as assistant secretary for post-secondary education in the U.S. Department of Education from 2007 to 2008 during the administration of President George W. Bush. She joined CEC from Washington Campus, a non-profit organization that educates business leaders about the federal policy-making process. Originally trained as a molecular biologist, Auer Jones began her career as a laboratory director and community college biology professor. She has worked for the National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and also served as Princeton University’s director of government affairs.
Ms. Auer Jones' diverse post-secondary education has supported her similarly diverse work history, which includes careers in academia, public policy, and health and wellness. She now uses her wide-ranging experience to help open dialog with education and governmental leaders on how career-focused private sector education is critical to our success as a nation.
Charles K. Dempster, Chairman and CEO of Aquila Energy Corporation (Retired)
Charles K. Dempster has more than thirty years of experience in the oil and natural gas sector. Presently, he serves on the board of Mark West Energy, a public NYSE company where he chaired the compensation committee and currently serves on the finance and compensation committees. He previously served on both the audit and conflicts committees of the board.
Dempster served as the chairman & CEO of Aquila Energy Corporation, a pipeline and energy trading company that ranked among the top five North American energy marketers. Prior to this, he held the same position for the company’s European division in London as well as the title of president for Aquila Energy Corporation. Dempster also held various management and executive positions at Nicor Oil and Gas Corporation and Northern Natural Gas Company.
He attended the University of Nebraska Omaha Graduate School of Business and earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Houston.
Ron Frieson, Chief Public Policy Officer, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Ron Frieson is the Chief Public Policy Officer at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. In this role, he focuses on expanding and developing new opportunities within our broad vision of leading legislative, marketing, public relations and community outreach functions. He also leads the Children’s child wellness initiatives within the community.
Well known throughout Georgia for his leadership, he served in several key positions for AT&T, including President of Georgia Operations and the organization’s first Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer. Frieson also served in an interim role as President of the Atlanta Urban League.
Frieson is active within the community, serving as a board member for several organizations, including American InterContinental University, Colorado Technical University, SunTrust Bank-Atlanta and 100 Black Men of DeKalb County Inc. Frieson is also the National Trustee Chair of the American Kidney Fund.
Andrew Hurst, President, Colorado Technical University
Andrew Hurst is President of Colorado Technical University. An education executive and innovator for the past 30 years, Andrew has significant operational and academic experience within higher education, both within the non-profit and for-profit sectors. He has been a contributor to the development of distance education in higher education since the online modality emerged in the 1990s. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Andrew’s leadership experience spans marketing and admissions operations, student success initiatives, new program development and efficacy, faculty recruitment and development, student success and retention initiatives that drive a successful student experience and positive academic outcomes.
Prior to joining Colorado Technical University, Andrew served in various executive leadership roles at Education Management Corporation (EDMC). Most recently he served as Vice Chancellor for Online and Strategic Operations for South University, where he oversaw all online operational aspects of the university, including marketing and admissions, student retention, faculty recruitment, student affairs, new program development, academic technology, program portfolio and assessment, academic strategy as well as research and development.
Beyond his role at South University, Andrew also served for three years as Chair of EDMC’s Education Innovation Council tasked with key strategic projects including designing the EDMC’s online “classroom of the future”, defining its mobile strategy, and leading development of its first competency-based program and platform. During the nine years prior to his role at South, he served as Vice President of Academic Operations for EDMC Online Higher Education, Vice President – Online for South University and Vice President – Online for Argosy University.
Connie Johnson, Ed.D., Chief Academic Officer, Colorado Technical University
Dr. Connie Johnson is Colorado Technical University's Chief Academic Officer, working with both online and ground degree programs. She has oversight of academic and student affairs, including faculty, curriculum, student advising, registrar’s office, prior learning assessment and learning center.
Dr. Johnson has worked in academics for over 20 years, including the roles of faculty (ground and online), program chair, vice president of academic affairs, and vice president of student affairs. Dr. Johnson is a trained peer evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission, is participating in the ACE Chief Academic Officer program, and is a member of the CTU Board of Trustees.
Prior to joining the world of higher education, she was a licensed stockbroker for ten years. Her first career out of college was as a probation officer in South Florida.
Stanley P. Mengel, President, Missouri Council on Economic Education (Retired)
Stanley Mengel retired after serving 11 years as President and CEO of the Missouri Council on Economic Education and as a member of the Economics Department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Previously, Mengel was Manager of Public Affairs at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In Ohio, Mengel was Vice President for Training with Northwestern Mutual Life. Mengel was the Ervin Pietz Professor of Economic Education at Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Director of the National Center of Economic Education for Children. At the University of Akron, Mengel held the Firestone Chair and was Director of the Center for Economic Education and while at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, Mengel was Assistant Professor of Economics and later President of the Ohio Council on Economic Education. Mengel was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a Stanford-Wilson Fellow at Stanford University in the Economics Department earning an M.A. and Ab.D. in Economics. Mengel's undergraduate work was at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he graduated with General Honors and Departmental Honors in both Economics and in Political Science.
Thomas W. Peterman, Ph.D., Vice President for Distance Learning, Park University (Retired)
Dr. Peterman is retired from Park University where he served as Vice President for Distance Learning from 1995 to 2011. Peterman managed Park’s military voluntary education programs and initiated Park’s distance learning program. These programs served approximately 25,000 students online and face-to-face at nearly forty military bases throughout the United States. Prior to that Peterman served as Director of Library Systems for Park from 1990 to 1995.
Before moving to Park, Peterman served as Communications Division Director for the Community of Christ Church, with world headquarters in Independence, Missouri. There he was responsible for supervision of Electronic Media Production, Graphic Design (Print and Photographic), and Public Relations. He worked there for seven years.
Previously he held several positions in education, primarily teaching at levels from elementary school through graduate school.
Peterman is in his first term as a member of the Colorado Technical University Board of Trustees and serves as a volunteer with several organizations.
Mark K. Seglem, Program Manager, Office of Natural Resources Revenue
Mark Seglem is the Program Manager for Continuous Improvement and Program Support in the United States Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR). In this role he serves as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Director as well as the lead in developing and implementing both industry and government best practices across a broad range of areas in an effort to create a culture of continuous improvement in the agency. Further, he leads the strategic planning process in ONRR.
Mr. Seglem is a retired Navy Officer whose tours included Administrative Aide to the Secretary of the Navy and command of the Guided Missile Destroyer, USS Barry (DDG-52) where he and his team were awarded the Battenburg Cup as the finest ship in the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
After leaving active duty, Mr. Seglem was selected to the Federal Senior Executive Service where he served as the Director, Force and Infrastructure Cost Analysis Division in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In private industry, Seglem held the positions of President and General Manager of Texas Westmoreland Coal Company and Vice President of Strategic Planning & Administration of Westmoreland Coal Company. Prior to returning to federal service, Mr. Seglem served as President and CEO of Advanced Distributed Sensor Systems (ADSS) and currently holds the position of Chairman of the Board of AnneMark Enterprises Inc., parent company of Griswold Home Care of Colorado Springs and Douglas County. Mr. Seglem also taught as an adjunct instructor of Economics and Finance at Colorado Technical University.
Active in the community, especially with veterans organizations, Seglem served on the National Board of Directors of the Military Officers Association of America and currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Tri-Lakes Health Advocacy Partnership.