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Colorado Technical
University Board of Trustees

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.

Ronald E. Frieson, Board Chair, is currently the President of Foundation and External Affairs at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He is the retired President of Georgia Operations for BellSouth Corporation. Mr. Frieson began his BellSouth career in 1985, and held a number of leadership roles during his tenure including Vice President of Transition and Strategy, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, and Group Vice President. Prior to joining BellSouth, Mr. Frieson worked in the banking industry. Mr. Frieson is very active in civic affairs and is currently chair-elect of the national trustees for the American Kidney Fund. He has served as board chair of the Atlanta Police Foundation and Atlanta's Inn for Children. Mr. Frieson has served as a board member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Buckhead Coalition, Atlanta Urban League, Hands on Atlanta and the 100 Black Men of Dekalb. He was also a member of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2002. Mr. Frieson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Finance concentration from the University of Tennessee and a MBA in Information Systems from Georgia State University.

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 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.

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.

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., 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.