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Colorado Technical University
Board of Trustees

CTU Board of Trustees

  • 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.

  • Mark Handler, Executive VP/Managing Director International, Walt Disney (Retired)

    Mark Handler has over thirty years of diversified global experience in the media sector. He has held leadership and key management roles and has participated on several senior level boards.

    Mark spent 25 years with The Walt Disney Company and retired in 2009 as Executive Vice President /Managing Director International for the Walt Disney Internet Group in Burbank, CA, a position he held since 2000. Mark was previously President of Disney TeleVentures, 1995-2000, and Senior Vice President Sales and Affiliate Marketing, Disney Channel 1984-1995. From 1978 to 1984 Mark worked in executive roles for Cox Communications.

    During his long and varied career, Mark spearheaded domestic and international expansion programs, developed several innovative business models, and grew start-ups into nine figure revenue bases. He has hired and developed cutting edge talent in major international and domestic territories. Mark was also responsible for the strategic divestiture of Infoseek Japan as well as several acquisitions in the digital space.

    Mark is a member of the board of trustees for American Intercontinental University, a for-profit, bricks and mortar/online university, and for DeskSite, a digital video entertainment company.

    In addition, Mark serves on the Boards of Directors for two non-profit organizations: the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and Hope House for the Multiple-Handicapped, Inc.

    Mark and his wife Priscilla reside in Los Angeles.

  • Andrew H. Hurst, President, Colorado Technical University

    Andrew H. 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 (CTU) chief academic officer and provost, working with both online and ground degree programs. She has oversight of academic affairs, including faculty, curriculum, classroom experience, and accreditation. During her time at CTU, Connie has initiated adaptive learning technology implementation, effective leadership of academics, women's leadership, leading academics through change, and effective technology implementation in the online classroom including the promotion of academics, faculty and student engagement through social media.

    Connie has served in higher education for over 20 years with extensive experience in online and ground teaching, administration, and leadership. Additionally, Connie has extensive experience in regional accreditation, curriculum implementation, and faculty training and development. She is a trained peer evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), has completed and served as a facilitator in the ACE Chief Academic Officer Institute, and is a member of the CTU Board of Trustees. Her educational background includes a Doctorate of Education, organizational leadership emphasis (2010), and a Master of Business Administration in management (1991) from Nova Southeastern University; and a Bachelor of Science with honors in criminal justice from Florida State University.

  • 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.

  • Stacey R. Sauchuk, Ph.D., President, Valley Forge Military Academy & College

    Stacey R. Sauchuk, Ph.D., was appointed by the Board of Trustees to the position of President, Valley Forge Military Academy & College in April 2013. Dr. Sauchuk is the first female civilian President of a private military academy and college in the country.

    Dr. Sauchuk brings over 20 years of experience as an accomplished scholar, teacher, businesswoman, and manager; including seven years as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Eastern University, her alma mater.

    Dr. Sauchuk has a Bachelor of Social Work from Eastern College, a Masters of Education in School Psychology and a Doctorate in School Psychology from Temple University.

    Prior to her appointment at Valley Forge, Dr. Sauchuk served as President of The Art Institute of Philadelphia for four years. Responsible for 2400 students, she was successful in taking the Associate Degree-granting institution to the Bachelors level while introducing several new academic programs.

    Following her time at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Dr. Sauchuk spent 11 years with Education Management Corporation as the Senior Vice President of Academic Programs and Student Affairs. In her role, she was responsible for ensuring a high quality academic and overall experience for 130,000 students across 96 campuses.

    Dr. Sauchuk is the 12th president in the history of Valley Forge Military Academy & College.

  • Mark K. Seglem, Regional VP of Operations, Colorado Technical University

    Mark Seglem is the Regional Vice President of Colorado Campuses for Colorado Technical University (CTU) and the Executive Director of MilVet Programs. Mark leads both of CTU’s Colorado campuses located in Colorado Springs and Aurora. Additionally, he is responsible for developing and expanding CTU’s Military and Veteran network throughout the United States in an effort to better serve those who sacrifice so much every day.

    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 most recently served as Program Manager – Continuous Improvement and Program Support in the Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue. Mr. Seglem 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 and also has 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.