Emeryville, CA (June 6, 2005)–Kirk Engel has been appointed CEO of Ex’pression College for Digital Arts. Engel comes to Ex’pression with nearly 10 years of dedicated education management experience.
As CEO, Engel will execute and implement a clear set strategic direction, market position and education vision for Ex’pression. Together, with the Board of Directors and senior staff, Engel will work to maintain aggressive objectives in the following areas: curricula design; the development/delivery of courses; student enrollments, acceptances, graduation rates and graduate placement, as well as alumni relations; and partnership arrangements.
“The parting CEO, Peter Laanen, did a great start-up job taking the school from nothing to the reputable accredited college it is today. I respect his decision to resign and I wish him all the best in pursuing new opportunities,” said Eckart Wintzen, chairman of the Board of Directors for Ex’pression College. “Kirk’s extensive background is a perfect fit for us as we continue to build upon the solid foundation we’ve created here at Ex’pression. His skilled leadership will enhance the already solid reputation of Ex’pression not only in the digital arts marketplace, but also with the business and alumni communities.”
“The environment of Ex’pression feels stimulating and challenging,” said Kirk Engel, CEO of Ex’pression College for Digital Arts. “I feel confident that after being awarded accreditation in April 2005, we can build this business to a multi-campus organization across the U.S.”
Before joining Ex’pression, Engel was corporate director of student finances for Alta Colleges, where he managed Financial Aid compliance, customer service, and cash flow for more than 10,000 students at 19 campuses in five states for the privately held chain of career colleges. Engel was also executive director at Chubb Institute of Technology in Illinois where he managed all aspects of an ACCET accredited career school offering diploma programs in Computer Networking Security Systems, Java Programming, Multimedia Design and Medical Administration. Engel’s other positions with educational institutions include vice president of the Private School Division for Aramark Educational, director of education for Westwood College’s Denver North Campus and executive director for Westwood College’s, Denver South Campus in Colorado.
Engel holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an M.A in Education from the Stanford Graduate School of Education and a B.S. from Cornell University.
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