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Career Education Corporation (CEC) (NASDAQ: CECO), a global provider of postsecondary education programs and services, today announced a number of executive moves to bolster the company’s management team, realign and simplify the organization structure, and help CEC navigate its regulatory, legal and political environment – consistent with strategies outlined earlier in the year.
As part of these changes, the company will organize its more than 90 campuses – serving approximately 95,000 students – into University, Career, and International Education Groups. The previously announced plan to establish three education segments, versus the current six, will concentrate and enhance academic focus, consolidate and align similar institutions and better position the company in a competitive marketplace through fewer, stronger institutional brands.
University Education Group
Jason T. Friesen, who has held a number of leadership roles at CEC, has been named Senior Vice President, Chief University Education Officer. The new organization Friesen leads includes CEC’s two flagship higher education institutions – Colorado Technical University (CTU) and American InterContinental University (AIU).
Founded in 1965, CTU offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees through a combination of online and ground-based campuses. AIU, founded in 1970, provides a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees that also can be achieved online and through traditional coursework. Both institutions offer students award-winning Online Virtual Campuses
Friesen has led CEC’s health institutions since the beginning of the year. He implemented significant improvements in academic quality, program integrity and operational excellence of those career-focused institutions. Friesen, who holds an M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago, has broad financial experience at CEC and other publicly-traded companies. His recent role at the company included management and operational responsibility for 43 career health institutions.
CTU will be led by Jack Koehn as Acting President. Koehn, who serves as President of CTU Online and as the university’s Chief Operating Officer, holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Indiana University. He will be supported by CTU’s veteran academic leadership team that includes Dr. Constance Johnson, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, and Dr. David Leasure, Chancellor. Koehn replaces Jeremy Wheaton who, after 17 years of diverse experience at CEC as well as the past year leading CTU, has resigned to pursue his own entrepreneurial interests. To help ensure a smooth and orderly transition, Wheaton will remain on the CTU Board of Trustees, and also serve through the end of the year as a consultant to CEC.