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David Pauldine

35 years in higher education

David Pauldine has blazed a trail as an innovative leader while serving as chief executive of two of the nation’s largest systems of higher education. From 2006 to 2014 he served as president of DeVry University and executive vice president of DeVry Education Group. DeVry University is one of the largest degree-granting higher education systems in North America, which served student populations of 50,000 to 90,000 during Pauldine’s presidency at more than 90 locations, as well as through the University’s online delivery and its Keller Graduate School of Management. As chief executive of the university, Pauldine had P/L responsibility for a $1 billion institution and was responsible for establishing strategic direction and carrying out the mission of an organization made up of approximately 5,000 faculty and staff. In his role as executive vice president, Pauldine also had responsibility for The Carrington College Group, a collection of 16 institutions offering certificate, diploma and associate degree programs in allied health professions.

Prior to joining DeVry, Pauldine served as president of The Art Institutes system of schools, where he had P/L responsibility for an $800 million enterprise consisting of 20 campuses nationwide and 50,000 students. While with The Art Institutes, Pauldine also was chief marketing officer and college president of the Seattle and Fort Lauderdale campuses.

Pauldine has considerable experience speaking to the investment community and has presented at several conferences including William Blair and Stifel Nicolas, as well as multiple Investor Day events, quarterly earnings conference calls and Investor Roundtables and Webcasts with Gerson Lehrman Group.

Pauldine is past chairman of the board for the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) and is a sought after speaker, panelist and moderator.

He has served as a featured presenter at a variety of conferences including the Shore Capital Partners CEO and CFO Academies, Marcus Evans University Leadership Summit, Association of Private Sector Colleges & Universities (APSCU) Leadership Summit, Forum Events Human Resources Conference, Gerson Lehrman Group Investor Roundtable and Investor Webcast, Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools Annual Conference, ERE Human Resources Recruiting Conference, Talent Management Alliance Annual Conference, Arizona Private School Association Annual Conference, APSCU Annual Conference, Ohio Association of Career Colleges & Schools Annual Conference, Innovation Education Summit, The United States Olympic Committee Career & Education Summit, The APSCU Leadership Institute, The Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference, Association of Independent Colleges & Schools Leadership Institute, LeadsCon, and Northwest Association of Career Colleges Annual Conference.

Pauldine has been interviewed by major media outlets including CNN, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune Crain’s Chicago Business, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Huffington Post. In addition, he has been a featured blog writer, podcast guest, panelist, and conference facilitator and moderator.

Pauldine has extensive international experience related to private sector education. Over his career, Pauldine’s business has taken him to Mexico, Brazil, Trinidad, Barbados, The Bahamas, The Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Chile, Canada and The Philippines. He is conversational in Spanish and has completed advanced learning initiatives at The Leadership Institute at Snowmass, Colorado, The Gallup Leadership Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska, and The University of Chicago Executive Education Program (Financial Analysis).

Pauldine currently is a director at Quinstreet (Nasdaq: QNST), as well as Education Partners, and Education Corporation of America, both Willis Stein private equity companies. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for The Career College Review. Prior board positions include The Northwest Career College Association (chairman), Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools & Colleges, The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, The American Red Cross, DeVry Brazil, and Communities and Schools.

Pauldine is a graduate of The University of Dayton and earned his master’s degree in Leadership at Antioch University.