Board of Directors
David F. BainbridgePartner, Veronis Suhler Stevenson
Mr. Bainbridge, a Managing Director at VSS, is responsible for sourcing, developing and monitoring private equity and mezzanine debt investments in the healthcare and education industries. Mr. Bainbridge is also a Director of Strata Decision Technology, Remedy Health Media, Infobase Learning, and Metschools and previously served on the board of Avatar International. Since joining VSS in 2003, he has also been active in the firm’s investments in Solucient, Executive Health Resources, and Gallo Holdings. Before joining VSS, Mr. Bainbridge spent 10 years as an investment banking professional, most recently with Berkery Noyes & Co., specializing in various information segments. Mr. Bainbridge is a graduate of Cornell University and an honors graduate of the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Dr. Walter G. BumphusPresident and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Community Colleges
Dr. Walter G. Bumphus currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Community Colleges. AACC is headquartered in the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, D.C. and is the primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level and works closely with the directors of state offices to inform and affect state policy. Prior to assuming the presidency of AACC, Dr. Bumphus served as a professor in the Community College Leadership Program and as chair of the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin. In an educational career that spans over 30 years, Dr. Bumphus previously worked as an administrator at a regional university, a state system of community and technical colleges, and four different community colleges.
John CampbellChief Executive Officer, Cambium Learning Group, Inc.
John Campbell serves as Chief Executive Officer of Cambium Learning Group. Mr. Campbell served as President of Cambium Learning Technologies from December 2009 until March 2013, and COO of Voyager from January 2007 through December 2009. He joined ProQuest in January of 2004, which sold off its library business and changed its name to Voyager in January of 2007. Before joining Cambium Learning Group, Mr. Campbell served as Chief Operating Officer and business unit head of a research-based reading company (Breakthrough to Literacy) within McGraw-Hill. Prior to joining Breakthrough/McGraw-Hill, he served as Director of Technology for Tribune Education. Additionally, Mr. Campbell has experience as General Manager of a software start-up (Insight Industries Inc.) and as Director of Applications and Technical Support for a hardware manufacturer (Commodore International). John has also served on the Education Board for the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA).
Clifford K. ChiuDirector
Mr. Clifford K. Chiu is a corporate director and private investment firm senior advisor, as well as a board or committee appointee to government bodies and non-governmental organizations in financial services, healthcare, education, social welfare and the arts located in the United States and Hong Kong.
A retired partner in 2014 at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) who founded and led capital raising and investor relations for the Asia Pacific region, Mr. Chiu is currently a director of Misys plc, Tibco Software, Inc. and Cambium Learning Group (NASDAQ:ABCD). He serves as a senior advisor to Vista Equity Partners and Neuberger Berman Group in the United States and Hong Kong, and is a government appointee to the Market Development Committee of Financial Services Development Council, Hong Kong.
With a career spanning 36 years, Mr. Chiu previously served as a managing director of JP Morgan Asset Management and of Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup and its predecessors in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo. He is a former director of Hsin Chong Construction Group (Hang Seng: 0404.HK) and the Hong Kong Hospital Authority’s United Christian Hospital and Tseung Kwan O Hospital for over a decade.
Now with residence in Austin, Texas and Hong Kong, Mr. Chiu is a director of the St. James Settlement, a member of the finance or investment committees of Seton Health Family and the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and a partner/mentor of technology incubator, The Capital Factory, as well as the global advisory boards of the Weingarten Learning Resources Center of the University of Pennsylvania and University of Chicago Booth School of Business where in 2015 he was appointed the first “distinguished executive-in-residence” at its new Hong Kong campus.
Through the Clinton Global Initiative, Mr. Chiu launched a 2015 commitment to action, “K-12 Learning Through Global Connectivity” in language arts and STEM skills.
Thomas KalinskeExecutive Chairman, Global Education Learning
Thomas Kalinske has been a member of the Company's Board since February 2010. He is a member of the Audit Committee of the Board. Mr. Kalinske has been the Executive Chairman of Global Education Learning (GEL), a company focused on acquiring education companies in China that teach English creativity, critical thinking and math to children 2-7, since August 2009. Mr. Kalinske also serves as Vice Chairman of the board of LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. Mr. Kalinske’s history with LeapFrog dates back to September 1997, where he served as their CEO until June 2006, and was then the Chairman of the board of directors until February 2004. Prior to that, he served as the CEO of Knowledge Universe, Sega of America, Matchbox, Inc. and Mattel, Inc. Mr. Kalinske served on the board of directors of Blackboard, Inc. until December 2011, a University and K-12 enterprise software applications company; the board of directors of Kidzui, a safe children’s Internet search and education site; the board of directors of Genyous Omnitura, a cancer drug development company; is a member of the National Board of Advisors of the University Of Arizona School Of Business; and is an Emeritus member of the University Of Wisconsin School Of Business Advisors.
Harold O. LevyExecutive Director of The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Harold O. Levy has served as a director of the Company since January 2010. He is a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee of the Board. Since 2014, Mr. Levy has served as the Executive Director of The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation where he manages one of the largest private scholarship foundations in the country. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director at Palm Ventures, LLC. Mr. Levy was the Managing Director and Special Counsel at Plainfield Asset Management from 2007 to 2009. He previously served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Kaplan, Inc., where he was a member of the Executive Team of Kaplan University and founded Kaplan University’s online School of Education. Mr. Levy was the New York City Schools Chancellor from 2000 to 2002 where he created accountability metrics, started the Teaching Fellows Program for career changers and significantly improved reading and math scores. From 1986 to 2000, Mr. Levy served in numerous legal, regulatory and management positions in the financial services industry. He was Director of Global Compliance of Citigroup, Inc., Associate General Counsel of Travelers Group, Inc., Litigation Counsel and Counsel to the Investment Bank of Salomon Brothers Inc., and Assistant General Counsel of Philipp Brothers, Inc. (Phibro) He has also served on the board of the Coffee, Sugar & Cocoa Exchange, Inc. and on the National Adjudicatory Council of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Mr. Levy sits on the Presidential Advisory Council of the Teachers College (Columbia University), the National Dropout Prevention Center Board, the College Board’s Innovations Advisory Group, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Financial Task Force, and the boards of Pace University and Cogswell College. He has served on numerous governmental boards and committees, including the New York State Board of Regents and the US Department of Education’s Committee on Measures of Student Success. Mr. Levy’s extensive experience in both the K-12 and online education marketplace provides us with guidance on addressing the needs of large schools districts and the conversion of print based materials to an online delivery platform. His work in the equity space provides us with guidance on merger and acquisition opportunities in the education market segments. His background in legal and compliance regulatory matters contributes to the Board’s expertise in these areas.
Jeffrey T. StevensonManaging Partner, Veronis Suhler Stevenson
Jeffrey T. Stevenson has served as a director of the Company since December 2009. Mr. Stevenson is the Managing Partner of VSS, a private equity fund with $2.5 billion of capital under management. Mr. Stevenson joined VSS in 1982, shortly after its formation, and has been the head of its private equity business since its first investment in 1989. VSS manages private equity and mezzanine funds dedicated to companies engaged in the media, communications and information industries. Mr. Stevenson currently serves as a director of substantially all of the private portfolio companies in which VSS has invested and serves on the investment committee for each of VSS' investment funds.
Joe WalshExecutive Chairman and CEO, Walsh Partners
Joe Walsh has been the Executive Chairman of Cambium Learning Group since March 2013. Mr. Walsh is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dex Media, Inc. where he leads one of the nation’s largest providers of print and online marketing and advertising solutions. Additionally, he has been the Chairman and CEO of Walsh Partners, a private company founded in 2012, focused on investments and advisory services, since its inception. He was previously employed by Yellowbook Inc. from 1987 to 2011 and served as President and CEO, and as a member of the board of directors, from 1993 to 2011. At Yellowbook, Mr. Walsh led the company through a series of acquisitions, partnerships and new market launches. Mr. Walsh possesses substantial executive, business and operational experience relating to private equity ventures and complex mergers and acquisitions situations. In 1982, Mr. Walsh cofounded IYP Publishing, a company he sold to DataNational in 1985. He served as Vice President of Sales at DataNational until joining Yellowbook in 1987.
Carolyn W. GetridgeSr. Vice President of Strategic PartnershipsCarolyn joined Voyager in 1997 as a member of the team that launched the company after a distinguished 30-year career in public education, and has served on the Board of Directors since May 2015. Immediately prior to joining Voyager, Ms. Getridge was Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District. Ms. Getridge also served as Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in Oakland and as Director of Education Programs for the Alameda (CA) County Office of Education.