Tuesday, November 18, 2008

American InterContinental University Appoints Dr. Alan Drimmer Chief Executive Officer

(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Governing Board of American InterContinental University (AIU) has appointed Dr. Alan Drimmer, age 47, Chief Executive Officer of American InterContinental University. Drimmer also continues in his role as President of AIU Online. AIU encompasses six campuses in the United States, including the online campus which provides education to over 15,000 students worldwide and one in London, England. AIU is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of colleges, universities and schools.

Drimmer joined CEC in 2004 and has been the President of AIU Online since 2005. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Academic Officer for AIU Online. Among his accomplishments, Drimmer led technology innovation initiatives for the online campus, putting AIU in the forefront of innovative online education. He directed the development of a student outcomes and satisfaction program that resulted in AIU Online achieving the highest student satisfaction scores of any campus in the CEC network. Drimmer also guided the University in accreditation matters, transforming the University’s culture and processes at all levels.

Before joining AIU, Drimmer led functions at several other proprietary education ventures including UNext/Cardean University, eCornell, and the Corporate Executive Board’s Learning and Development Roundtable. Drimmer was a management consultant in the Chicago office of McKinsey & Company, an official at the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, and a diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan. He received his M.B.A from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelors, Masters and PhD from the University of Chicago. He was also a dissertation fellow at Harvard University’s John M. Olin Center for Strategic Studies and received Harvard College’s Derek Bok Undergraduate Teaching Award.

“Alan’s deep expertise in online education and management, as well as his international business experience, make him uniquely suited to lead an international university like AIU with a large and growing online education segment,” said Richard Perry, Chairman and a long-time member of the AIU Governing Board and a partner at the law firm of Wood & Perry in Georgia. “With Alan at the helm, the Governing Board is confident that the University will continue to produce innovations in curriculum, technology, and operations that improve student service and satisfaction.”

“As more options for online and blended learning continue to increase competition in the market, universities must not only provide first-rate curriculum and cutting-edge technology, but must ensure outstanding student support to maintain and grow the institution,” said Drimmer. “I am proud to lead an organization that has made student support and success a top priority, and I look forward to continuing to work with AIU faculty and administration to continually enhance our academics and the overall student experience.”

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