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Directors and Executive Officers

Name Position
Robert D. Buckingham Chairman of the Board of Directors
David Warnock Member of the Board of Directors
Dr. Jerry L. Gallentine President and Member of the Board of Directors
Dr. Ronald L. Shape Chief Executive Officer
Venessa D. Green Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Samuel D. Kerr Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Edward Buckingham  Member of the Board of Directors 
Jeffrey B. Berzina Member of the Board of Directors
Dr. Thomas D. Saban Member of the Board of Directors
Dr. Therese Crane Member of the Board of Directors
Richard L. Halbert Member of the Board of Directors

Robert D. Buckingham became the chairman of our board of directors on the closing of the Transaction. Mr. Buckingham has served as president of Dlorah since 1986 and chairman of the board of directors of Dlorah as well as chairman of the board of governors of NAU since 1991, and as chairman of the board of Fairway Hills, III, a division of Dlorah. He is a member of the board of directors, and is treasurer, of Rapid City Defense Housing Corporation, which owns and leases the Dakota Ridge housing to Air Force personnel. Mr. Buckingham is an active member of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce and is involved in the Military Affairs Committee. From 1960 to 1981 he worked in various executive and management positions in transportation and real estate development organizations. Mr. Buckingham has a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Colorado. Mr. Buckingham is the father of Michael Buckingham, who is the President of the Company’s real estate division.

David L. Warnock is a member of our board of directors. Mr. Warnock is also a partner with Camden Partners and co-founded the firm in 1995. He has over 24 years of investment experience with focus on investments in the education and business and financial services sectors. He also serves on the boards of directors of New Horizons Worldwide, Inc., one of the largest global IT training companies, Nobel Learning Communities, Inc., a nationwide provider of pre-K through 8th grade private schools, CIBT Education Group, Inc., a post-secondary institution in China, and Questar Assessment, Inc., formerly Touchstone Applied Science Associates which provides testing and assessment services for standardized testing, all of which are Camden Partners’ portfolio companies. Mr. Warnock served as the chairman of Nobel from September 2003 through February 2004. Mr. Warnock has previously served on the boards of Concord Career Colleges from 1997 through 2006 and Children’s Comprehensive Services, Inc. from 1993 to 2000. Previously, Mr. Warnock was President of T. Rowe Price Strategic Partners and T. Rowe Price Strategic Partners II. He was also co-manager of the T. Rowe Price New Horizons Fund. Mr. Warnock was employed by T. Rowe Price Associates from 1983 to 1995. Upon forming Camden Partners (formerly known as Cahill, Warnock & Company) and until December 31, 1997, Mr. Warnock served as a consultant to the advisory committees of T. Rowe Price Strategic Partners and T. Rowe Price Strategic Partners II.

Mr. Warnock is also involved with numerous non-profit organizations. He is the chairman of the Center For Urban Families, as well as former chairman of the board for Calvert Education Services, the nation’s largest non-sectarian home-schooling organization. He also serves on the board of the University of Wisconsin Applied Security Analysis Program and is a trustee on the board of the Baltimore Museum of Art. Mr. Warnock earned a B.A. degree from the University of Delaware and a M.S. (in Finance) from the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Warnock is also a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder.

Dr. Jerry L. Gallentine joined our board of directors and was appointed as the Company’s president as of the closing of the Transaction. Dr. Gallentine has served as university president of NAU since 1993 and was the chief executive officer of NAU from 1993 until April 2009. Dr. Gallentine also currently serves on the board of directors of Salem International University. Dr. Gallentine has over forty years of experience in the education industry. He served as president of Western New Mexico University from 1990 to 1993 and was president of Peru State College in Nebraska from 1982 to 1990. From 1979 to 1982, Dr. Gallentine was president at Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas. He was an assistant professor of biology at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska from 1965 through 1968. Dr. Gallentine has served in many educational and cultural leadership roles, including past president of the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Educational Television Council for Higher Education, twice past chairman of the Council of Presidents of the Nebraska State College System, member of the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Humanities Council and founding member of the Nebraska Foundation for the Humanities. Dr. Gallentine has a B.S. from Fort Hays (Kansas) State University, and a M.Ed., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Toledo.

Dr. Ronald L. Shape was appointed to the positions of chief executive officer and interim chief financial officer of the Company as of the date of the closing of the Transaction. He served as the chief executive officer of NAU from April 2009 until the Transaction closed, and was the chief operating officer of NAU from 2006 until 2009. Dr. Shape also served as the chief fiscal officer of NAU from 2002 until April 2009 and was the interim chief fiscal officer of NAU from April 2009 until the Transaction closed. In 2001, Dr. Shape was selected as the assistant to the university president and CEO of NAU and served as regional president for the Minnesota region with NAU in 2000. Dr. Shape worked in a number of different positions at NAU from 1991 to 2000, including system controller, assistant director of financial aid and student account specialist. Dr. Shape served as executive vice president of NAU from 1998 to 2000. Dr. Shape currently serves as vice president of finance on the board of directors of Fountain Springs Community Church and serves on the board of directors of the Quall Road District in Black Hawk, South Dakota. Dr. Shape has a B.A. from Dakota Wesleyan University and a MBA and Ed. D. from the University of South Dakota.

Venessa D. Green is Chief Financial Officer of National American University since April 2010. Ms. Green served as interim chief financial officer of NAU from June 2009 to April 2010. Ms. Green served as vice president of finance of NAU from June 2008 to June 2009. From December 2004 to June 2008, she served as the business manager/controller of NAU. Ms. Green has also served as an adjunct faculty member of NAU since December 2006. Ms. Green is a licensed certified public accountant in the State of South Dakota and has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants since 2007 and a member of the South Dakota Certified Public Accountant Society since 2007. Ms. Green obtained a B.S. from DeVry Institute of Technology and an MBA from NAU.

Dr. Samuel D. Kerr is Chief Operating Officer for the Company since May 2013. Dr. Kerr served as the provost/general counsel of NAU from 2008 until May 2013 and has served as an adjunct faculty member of NAU since 2002. Dr. Kerr was the system vice president for administration and general counsel of NAU from 2004 to 2008 and served as vice president for human resources and general counsel from 2001 to 2004. Dr. Kerr served as managing partner of Banks, Johnson, Colbath & Kerr, Prof. L.L.C. from 1995 to 2001, where he acted as outside legal counsel to NAU from 1999 to 2001. Dr. Kerr was an associate attorney at Wallahan & Eicher from 1992 to 1995 and an English/Journalism teacher at several high schools in South Dakota from 1985 to 1989. Dr. Kerr has a B.S. and B.S.Ed. from Black Hills State University, a M.Ed. from South Dakota State University, a J.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law and a Ed. D. from the University of South Dakota.

Dr. Edward Buckingham currently works as the Director of the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic surgery in Austin, Texas. He performed his fellowship at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the New England Laser and Cosmetic Surgery Center in Albany, New York from July 2002-June 2003. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, majoring in Accounting and minoring in Economics from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas. He then went on to pursue his pre-medical coursework at the University of Texas at Austin then going on for his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Buckingham has previous positions as the Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He also worked as the Attending Surgeon at Albany Medical Center and as a Clinical Instructor. 

Jeffrey B. Berzina has been serving as the Vice President – Strategic Planning and Corporate Development of Black Hills Corporation, a diversified energy company publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange, since March 2013. Mr. Berzina has also held various other positions at Black Hills Corporation, including Vice President – Corporate Controller from May 2009 to March 2013, Vice President – Finance from November 2008 to May 2009, Assistant Corporate Controller from May 2004 to November 2008, and Director of Financial Reporting/Manager of Financial Reporting from July 2000 to May 2004. Mr. Berzina is a University of South Dakota graduate and has practiced as a Certified Public Accountant. 

Dr. Thomas D. Saban joined our board of directors as of the date of the closing of the Transaction. He has been serving as the vice president of administration and finance and chief financial officer of Rocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine since November 2008. Dr. Saban has over 23 years of experience in the education industry. He served as the vice president for finance and administration/chief financial officer at Texas A&M University from September 2007 to November 2008, associate vice president for planning, budgets and research at St. Petersburg College in Florida from October 2002 to September 2007 and as the vice president for administration and finance/chief financial officer at Worcester State College in Massachusetts from September 1996 to October 2002. He also served as the Vice President for Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer of Chadron State College in Nebraska from July 1990 to September 1996. Dr. Saban held a number of other educational and leadership roles from 1982 to 1990, including controller, director of finance and system coordinator/project leader. Dr. Saban has a B.S. from the University of Wyoming, an MBA from the University of Miami and a Ph.D. from Barry University.

Dr. Therese Crane currently serves in various leadership capacities within the education industry, including as a trustee for the National Education Association Foundation (2003 — present) and the Western Governors University (2001 — present), as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nobel Learning Communities Inc. (2004 — present) and as a director of Questia Media, Inc. (2001 — present) and Tutor.com. (2005 — Present). From 2003 until June 2005, Dr. Crane served on the board of AlphaSmart, a provider of affordable, portable personal learning solutions for the K-12 classroom. In August 2003, she formed Crane Associates as a sole proprietorship, engaged in the educational technology consulting practice, advising educational technology companies in business strategy, marketing, and sales. Dr. Crane was engaged as a retained consultant by e-Luminate Group in 2003 and currently serves as the Senior Education Advisor. From 2000 to 2003, Dr. Crane was Vice President, Information and Education Products at America Online. Prior to that, she was President of Jostens Learning Corporation and its successor company, Compass Learning. Dr. Crane also held various positions with Apple Computer, including Senior Vice President, Education of Americas, and was a corporate officer as Apple Computer’s Senior Vice President, Worldwide Strategic Market Segments. Dr. Crane started her career as an elementary school classroom teacher. Dr. Crane has a B.S. in elementary education and mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.Ed. in early childhood education, and an Ed.D. in administrative leadership from the University of North Texas.

Richard L. Halbert has served as a member of NAU’s Board of Governors for the past 16 years and is a former chair of the National American University Foundation, which was originally established as the NCB Foundation in 1967 for the purpose of making loans and providing scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial assistance to or for the benefit of students and faculty of NAU. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Halbert also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Nebraska State College Board, which oversees the three state colleges.

Mr. Halbert possesses over 20 years of operational and business advisory experience. In 1991, he co-founded Arck Foods, Inc., a ham processing company, for which he currently serves as secretary and corporate counsel. Since 1991, he has also served as president and secretary of Ol’ Farmers Brand, Inc., a subsidiary of Arck Foods, Inc. that sells hams to Walmart. Since 1982, Mr. Halbert has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Southeast Nebraska Communications, Inc., for whom he is also corporate counsel.

As an attorney at law whose firm Halbert, Dunn & Halbert, LLC provides estate planning and business counseling, Mr. Halbert brings over 40 years of extensive legal experience to the Board. He is a Fellow in The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and carries the highest rating that the Martindale-Hubbel Law Directory can bestow when rating attorneys. He previously served as city attorney for Falls City, Neb., for 22 years and as the school attorney for Falls City Public Schools for 8 years.

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