Classes start February 13, 2018!
University Board of Trustees
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.
Vito A. Pampalona is the Founder and President of Vito Anthony Homes, a custom home builder based in Rochester, Michigan. Born and raised on the east side of Detroit, Pampalona was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1965 where he served through until 1967. He served in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967 with the 1st Air Calvary as a Door Gunner where he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal (First thru Eighteenth Oak Leaf Clusters).
Pampalona is passionate about supporting injured troops and serves on the Board of Directors of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, Inc. He has helped raise over $500,000 for the organization through his annual charity golf tournament and other fundraising activities. Pampalona also serves as the Chairman of the National Ambassador Committee, which reaches out to injured veterans in times of need as they transition into civilian life.
Throughout the hallways of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Pampalona is known as “Uncle Vito” – the man who hosts the annual Christmas parties at Walter Reed and Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia for the wounded and their families. Since 2003, Pampalona has interacted with over 1,000 patients, caregivers, and their loved ones. He was awarded the “National Good Neighbor Award” in 2011 by the National Association of Realtors. Additionally, in 2009, he was honored with the “Builder of the Year” award by Homes for Our Troops for his ADA-built residence for an Iraq War Veteran.
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.
Marcia A. Wratcher has over three decades of experience as an executive and consultant in the higher education community, both at the traditional campus setting and online. Wratcher currently serves as the President of EDU Consulting Associates, LLC, which provides customized services to higher education institutions and learning organizations. Previously, Wratcher was the Vice President of Academic Affairs & Institutional Effectiveness at Education Management Corporation and the Director of Learning Services at Carnegie Mellon University.
Wratcher is not only dedicated to the growth of higher education institutions but also to the development of students. She has taught as a graduate professor at Northcentral University, Nova Southeastern University, Chatham College, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Marcia A. Wratcher earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology (Curriculum & Supervision) from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Library Science from Duquesne University. She received her undergraduate degree (B.A. English) from Seton Hill College.