Bachelor’s degree, chemical engineering, University of Michigan; MBA, University of Chicago
First job: Lot boy at a car dealership
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
My father. He spent 30 years at GE in human resources and he always provided great counsel to me. He told me to get a technical undergraduate degree, work for a few years, then go back to business school and get an MBA.
What is the most important business lesson you’ve learned?
You can never have enough good people.
What has been your toughest business challenge?
Changing perception of the public sector to accept for-profit educators as quality providers.
Describe your leadership style.
I think I’m very approachable. I occupy the corner office, but I’ve never thought of myself as any better than anyone else. I tend to hire people who take the results seriously but don’t take themselves seriously. I’ve always believed that you can have fun and make money.