David W. Smith , , , Retired Chief Executive Officer, NCS Pearson, Inc.

Mr. Smith is currently our Lead Director. From 2000 to 2003, when he retired, Mr. Smith was the Chief Executive Officer of NCS Pearson, Inc. Mr. Smith was a member of the Board of Directors of Plato Learning, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed educational technology company, serving from 2004 until 2012. From 2004 to 2009, he served on the Board of Directors of Scientific Learning Corporation, a publicly traded company that provides education software. Mr. Smith earned a B.A. and an M.A. from Southern Illinois University, as well as an M.B.A. from the University of Iowa. He has extensive executive leadership experience in the education services industry and a strong background in strategic planning and operational matters.

Rita D. Brogley , , , Former President and Chief Executive Officer, MyBuys

Ms. Brogley is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Magnetic, a digital media company based in New York. Ms. Brogley served as President and CEO of MyBuys, a marketing technology company, from 2012 until its merger with Magnetic in 2015. Prior to joining MyBuys, from 2008 to 2011, Ms. Brogley was the CEO of Amadesa, a technology provider of website testing and optimization. From 2000 to 2002, she served as the President and CEO of Moxi Digital. Ms. Brogley served as Director of Business Development and Marketing Europe for Microsoft TV from 1997 to 2000 and was a management consultant with Bain and Company from 1995 to 1997. Ms. Brogley earned a B.S. from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Ms. Brogley is an experienced executive and entrepreneur in both early stage and large public companies, and she has extensive knowledge of strategy, eCommerce, marketing analytics and business development.

H. James Dallas , , , Retired Senior Vice President of Quality and Operations, Medtronic, Inc.

Mr. Dallas retired in 2013 as Senior Vice President of Quality and Operations at Medtronic, Inc., a global medical technology company. Mr. Dallas, who joined Medtronic in 2006, had previously served as Medtronic’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining Medtronic, Mr. Dallas was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Georgia-Pacific Corporation, a maker of forest products. At Georgia Pacific, Mr. Dallas held a series of progressively more responsible information technology and operating roles. Mr. Dallas is a member of the Board of Directors of KeyCorp, a publicly held bank holding company. Mr. Dallas earned a B.S. from the University of South Carolina and an M.B.A. from Emory University. He has significant experience with information technology, information technology security and data privacy and a strong background in operational risk management and strategy.

Matthew W. Ferguson , , , Chief Executive Officer, CareerBuilder

Mr. Ferguson is currently the CEO of CareerBuilder, an online recruiting service and global human capital solutions company, a position he has held since 2004. Previously, he served as CareerBuilder’s Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Ferguson is a member of the Board of Directors of Echo Global, a publicly held provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services. Mr. Ferguson earned a B.A. from Indiana University, a J.D. from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Mr. Ferguson has extensive executive experience in dynamic, high-growth operating environments, and he has expertise in strategy, strategic business development and talent and workforce management.

J. Kevin Gilligan , , , Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Capella Education Company

Mr. Gilligan joined our company in March 2009 to serve as our Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our Board of Directors. In February 2010, he was appointed Chairman of our Board of Directors. Mr. Gilligan was previously the Chief Executive Officer of United Subcontractors, Inc., a nationwide construction services company, from 2004 until February 2009. United Subcontractors voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 31, 2009 and emerged from the bankruptcy proceedings on June 30, 2009. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Gilligan served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Automation and Control Solutions Group of Honeywell International, a diversified technology and manufacturing company. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Gilligan served as President of the Home and Building Control Division of Honeywell International. He also served as President of the Solutions and Services Division of Honeywell International from 1997 to 1999 and as Vice President and General Manager of the North American Region of the Home and Building Control Division from 1994 to 1997. Mr. Gilligan is a member of the board of directors for Graco Inc., a publicly held manufacturer and supplier of fluid handling equipment, and from September 2004 until February 2009 was a member of the board for ADC Telecommunications, Inc., a publicly held global supplier of network infrastructure. Mr. Gilligan earned a B.A. from Boston College. He is an experienced leader of large service organizations, with strong skills in strategic planning and operational execution.

Michael A. Linton , , , Enterprise Chief Marketing Officer, Farmers Group, Inc.

Mr. Linton is the Enterprise Chief Marketing Officer for Farmers Group, Inc., one of the largest personal lines insurance carriers in the U.S., a position he has held since October 2011. Mr. Linton served as the Executive Vice President, Marketing for FMN Technologies, an early stage technology advertising start-up in Silicon Valley, from September 2010 to September 2011. From March 2009 to September 2010, Mr. Linton was a consultant, advisor and columnist for Forbes.com, an online business periodical. From December 2006 to March 2009, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and as a General Manager for eBay, an online marketplace. Previously, he was the Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer for Best Buy Corporation, a specialty retailer of consumer-electronics and related products and services, from January 1999 to August 2006. Mr. Linton also served as a Director on the Board of Peet’s Coffee and Tea, a premier specialty coffee and tea company from March 2005 to October 2012 and as a Director on the Board of Support.com, a company providing online technology services, from February 2010 through May 2014. He earned an M.B.A. from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and a B.S. in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Mr. Linton has extensive executive leadership experience and a strong background in marketing, brand development and digital businesses.

Michael L. Lomax , , , President and Chief Executive Officer, United Negro College Fund

Dr. Lomax is the President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, a minority education organization, serving in this role since 2004. He previously served as President of Dillard University in New Orleans from 1997 to 2004. In addition, Dr. Lomax served as a Director of Whitney Holding Corporation and Whitney National Bank from 2002 to 2011. He has also served on numerous Boards of Directors, including Emory University, Teach for America, The Council of Independent Colleges, The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the KIPP Foundation, the nation’s largest charter school network. Dr. Lomax earned a PhD in American and Afro-American Literature from Emory University in Atlanta, an M.A. in English Literature from Columbia University in New York and a B.A. in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta. Dr. Lomax has been a leader in the education field for over 30 years and has extensive experience with learning transformation, access and accountability.

Jody G. Miller , , , Chief Executive Officer, Business Talent Group

Ms. Miller serves as CEO of the Business Talent Group, a company providing independent professionals for project-based assignments, which she founded in 2007. From 2000 through 2007, Ms. Miller was a venture partner with Maveron LLC, a Seattle-based venture capital firm. From 1995 to 1999, Ms. Miller held various positions at Americast, a digital video and interactive services partnership, including as Acting President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President for Operations and Consultant. From 1993 to 1995, Ms. Miller served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President with the Clinton Administration. Ms. Miller is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy, a not-for-profit program. In 2009, Ms. Miller joined the Board of Advisors for the Drucker Institute, a non-profit organization focused on stimulating effective management and responsible leadership. In 2015, Ms. Miller joined the board of Peer Health Exchange, a non-profit health education program. From 2005 to May 2015, Ms. Miller served as a member of the Board of Directors of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., an NYSE-listed global supplier of automotive components. Ms. Miller earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. She is an experienced executive and entrepreneur and has extensive experience in our industry, as well as a strong background in innovation, building businesses, corporate governance, talent management and strategic planning.

Stephen G. Shank , , , Founder, Former Chairman and Retired Chief Executive Officer, Capella Education Company

Mr. Shank founded our company in 1991. Mr. Shank served as our Chief Executive Officer until March 2, 2009 and as our Chairman until February 23, 2010. Mr. Shank served as a Director of Capella University from 2006 to 2009 and from 1993 to 2003. Mr. Shank served as Emeritus Director of Capella University from 2003 to 2006. From 1979 to 1991, Mr. Shank was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tonka Corporation, a publicly held manufacturer of toys and games. Mr. Shank is a member of the Board of Directors of Tennant Company, a publicly held manufacturer of cleaning solutions. Mr. Shank earned a B.A. from the University of Iowa, an M.A. from the Fletcher School, a joint program of Tufts and Harvard Universities, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He has experience leading our company for almost 20 years, a deep understanding of our industry and a strong background in strategic planning.

Jeffrey W. Taylor , , , Retired Senior Policy Advisor, Pearson PLC

Mr. Taylor retired from Pearson PLC, a multinational publishing and education company, in July 2013, after serving as Senior Policy Advisor since June of 2012. Prior to that position, Mr. Taylor was Senior Vice President, U.S. Government Policy and Investor Relations, at Pearson PLC from 2008 to 2012. He previously served as President of Pearson, Inc., the U.S. holding company of Pearson PLC. From 1994 to 2000, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of National Computer Systems, an education testing and software company. Mr. Taylor was named trustee of Indiana State University in August 2014. Mr. Taylor earned a B.S. from Indiana State University. He has extensive executive leadership experience in the education services industry and a strong background in government relations and corporate finance.

Darrell R. Tukua , , , Retired Partner, KPMG LLP

From 1988 to 2003, when he retired, Mr. Tukua was a Partner with KPMG LLP, a global provider of audit, tax and advisory services, which he joined in 1976. Since 2005, Mr. Tukua has served on the Board of Directors of Constellation, Inc. (formerly MMIC Group), a mutual insurance holding company comprised of medical liability insurers, where he is also a member of the Audit & Budget, Investment and Governance Committees. Mr. Tukua served as a Board observer for Constellation, Inc. from 2004 to 2005. In addition, Mr. Tukua has served since 2005 as a member of the Board of Directors and Audit, Compensation and Nominating/Corporate Governance Committees of Gate City Bank, a retail and commercial bank. During 2004, Mr. Tukua was an advisory board member of Gate City Bank. Mr. Tukua also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of non-profit organizations Allina Health System and Ecumen. Mr. Tukua earned a B.S. from the University of South Dakota. He has extensive experience in finance, accounting, auditing, financial reporting and public company disclosure matters, as well as regulatory compliance, risk management and regulated industry matters.