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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

J. Kevin Gilligan

62 2010 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Steven Polacek

57 2010 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Richard Senese

54 2015 Capella University President and Chief Academic Officer

Peter Ramstad

59 2015 Chief Human Resource Officer, Senior Vice President

Andrew Watt

39 2016 Senior Vice President of Post-Secondary Education

Renee Jackson

50 2014 Vice President, General Counsel

David Smith

72 Lead Independent Director

Rita Brogley

51 2014 Independent Director

H. James Dallas

58 2015 Independent Director

Michael Linton

60 2010 Independent Director

Michael Lomax

69 2010 Independent Director

Jody Miller

59 2003 Independent Director

Jeffrey Taylor

63 2002 Independent Director

Darrell Tukua

63 2004 Independent Director

Heide Erickson

Director of Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

J. Kevin Gilligan

Mr. J. Kevin Gilligan is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Gilligan joined our company in March 2009 to serve as our Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our Board of Directors. In February 2010, he was appointed Chairman of our Board of Directors. Mr. Gilligan was previously the Chief Executive Officer of United Subcontractors, Inc., a nationwide construction services company, from 2004 until February 2009. United Subcontractors voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 31, 2009 and emerged from the bankruptcy proceedings on June 30, 2009. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Gilligan served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Automation and Control Solutions Group of Honeywell International, a diversified technology and manufacturing company. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Gilligan served as President of the Home and Building Control Division of Honeywell International. He also served as President of the Solutions and Services Division of Honeywell International from 1997 to 1999 and as Vice President and General Manager of the North American Region of the Home and Building Control Division from 1994 to 1997. Mr. Gilligan earned a B.A. from Boston College.

Steven Polacek

Mr. Steven L. Polacek is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of the Company. Mr. Polacek joined our company in 2010 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Capella, he served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Hutchinson Technology Incorporated from March 2010 until September 2010, a publicly traded global technology leader supplying critical components to the disk drive industry and new technologies to improve the quality of health care. Previously, Mr. Polacek was senior vice president, chief administrative officer and chief financial officer at Minneapolis-based Opus Corporation from 2005 to 2009; served as partner from 2002 to 2005 with Deloitte & Touche LLP; and began his career with Arthur Andersen LLP in 1982, became partner in 1993, and was the managing partner of the Minneapolis office from 1995 to 2002. Mr. Polacek previously served on the board of directors for C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., from 2007 through 2010. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.

Richard Senese

Dr. Richard P. Senese is a Capella University President and Chief Academic Officer of the Company. Dr. Senese serves as president and chief academic officer for Capella University. He served as vice president of Academic Affairs and chief academic officer for Capella University since 2014 and became interim president in 2015. Prior to returning to Capella, Dr. Senese served in leadership roles with the University of Minnesota Extension for 13 years. He has taught at a number of Minnesota-based institutions, including St. Olaf College, Metropolitan State University, and the College of St. Scholastica, and served previously as the associate dean for Capella University’s Harold Abel School of Psychology. Dr. Senese received his PhD from the University of Minnesota through the Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology program within the Department of Educational Psychology. He is a licensed psychologist.

Peter Ramstad

Dr. Peter M. Ramstad is Chief Human Resource Officer, Senior Vice President of the Company. Mr. Ramstad joined our company on April 1, 2015 as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to joining Capella, Mr Ramstad was the Vice President of Human Resources and Business Development for The Toro Company, a global manufacturer of outdoor power equipment and irrigation systems, from January, 2008 to March 2015. In that role, he had responsibility for the Human Resources function as well as leading the M&A activities for Toro, both on a global basis. From November 2006 until January 2008 he was the Vice President of Strategic and Business Development with Toro. Prior to joining Toro, Mr, Ramstad held a variety of executive positions with Personnel Decisions International (PDI), an international assessment and leadership development firm that is now part of Korn Ferry International, including Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Strategy and Finance. Prior to joining PDI, Mr. Ramstad was with McGladrey and Pullen (now RSM), which he joined in 1981 and where he was a partner from 1985-1990. Mr. Ramstad is a Certified Public accountant (inactive) and received his B.S from the University of Minnesota in Math and Accounting.

Andrew Watt

Mr. Andrew E. Watt is a Senior Vice President of Post-Secondary Education of the Company. Mr. Watt joined our company in 2002. He was promoted to Senior Vice President of Post-Secondary Education on November 9, 2016. Prior to being promoted, he served as vice president of Colleges and University Operations and Capella University’s chief operations officer since 2014. He has held a variety of leadership positions across the university, including roles in Operations, Finance, Analytics and our Markets & Products team. Before joining Capella, he worked in transaction advisory services at both Deloitte & Touche LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Watt graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting.

Renee Jackson

Ms. Renee L. Jackson joined is Vice President and General Counsel of the Company. Ms. Jackson joined our company on December 1, 2014 as Vice President and General Counsel. On February 9, 2017, she was promoted to Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Before coming to our company, Ms. Jackson was the general counsel of The Dolan Company, a nationwide provider of business information and professional services, from 2010 until December 2014. The Dolan Company and certain of its subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for a prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US District Court for the District of Delaware on March 23, 2014. The company and its subsidiaries emerged from bankruptcy on June 12, 2014. From 2005 to 2010, Ms. Jackson served as associate general counsel of Fair Isaac Corporation, a leading analytics and software company serving companies worldwide in the financial, insurance, telecommunications and e-commerce industries. Before joining Fair Isaac Corporation, Ms. Jackson was a partner with Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, where she tried intellectual property and commercial cases and served as administrative partner of the firm's Minneapolis office. Ms. Jackson began her career at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in 1991. Ms. Jackson earned a B.S. from the University of Florida and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

David Smith

Mr. David W. Smith is Lead Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Smith is currently our Lead Director. Mr. Smith owns and controls Woodwinds LLC, a farmland holding company registered in Minnesota and Kansas. From 2000 to 2003, when he retired, Mr. Smith was the Chief Executive Officer of NCS Pearson, Inc. Mr. Smith was a member of the Board of Directors of Plato Learning, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed educational technology company, serving from 2004 until 2012. From 2004 to 2009, he served on the Board of Directors of Scientific Learning Corporation, a publicly traded company that provides education software. Mr. Smith earned a B.A. and an M.A. from Southern Illinois University, as well as an M.B.A. from the University of Iowa.

Rita Brogley

Ms. Rita Brogley is an Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Brogley joined Facebook, Inc. in November 2016 and is the Head of Global Enterprise Partnerships for the Facebook Messenger Platform and Community Management. Prior to that, Ms. Brogley served as President and CEO of MyBuys, a marketing technology company, from 2012 until its merger with Magnetic in 2015. From 2008 to 2011, Ms. Brogley was the CEO of Amadesa, a technology provider of website testing and optimization, and from 2000 to 2002, she served as the President and CEO of Moxi Digital. Ms. Brogley served as Director of Business Development and Marketing Europe for Microsoft TV from 1997 to 2000 and was a management consultant with Bain and Company from 1995 to 1997. Ms. Brogley earned a B.S. from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

H. James Dallas

Mr. H. James Dallas is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Dallas is the owner and president of James Dallas & Associates, a change management and IT consulting company. Mr. Dallas retired in 2013 as Senior Vice President of Quality and Operations at Medtronic, Inc., a global medical technology company. Mr. Dallas, who joined Medtronic in 2006, had previously served as Medtronic’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining Medtronic, Mr. Dallas was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Georgia-Pacific Corporation, a maker of forest products. At Georgia Pacific, Mr. Dallas held a series of progressively more responsible information technology and operating roles. Mr. Dallas earned a B.S. from the University of South Carolina and an M.B.A. from Emory University.

Michael Linton

Mr. Michael A. Linton is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Linton is the Enterprise Chief Marketing Officer for Farmers Group, Inc., one of the largest personal lines insurance carriers in the U.S., a position he has held since October 2011. Mr. Linton served as the Executive Vice President, Marketing for FMN Technologies, an early stage technology advertising start-up in Silicon Valley, from September 2010 to September 2011. From March 2009 to September 2010, Mr. Linton was a consultant, advisor and columnist for Forbes.com, an online business periodical. From December 2006 to March 2009, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and as a General Manager for eBay, an online marketplace. Previously, he was the Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer for Best Buy Corporation, a specialty retailer of consumer-electronics and related products and services, from January 1999 to August 2006. Mr. Linton also served as a Director on the Board of Peet’s Coffee and Tea, a premier specialty coffee and tea company from March 2005 to October 2012 and as a Director on the Board of Support.com, a company providing online technology services, from February 2010 through May 2014. He earned an M.B.A. from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and a B.S. in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Michael Lomax

Dr. Michael L. Lomax is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Lomax is the President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, a minority education organization, serving in this role since 2004. He previously served as President of Dillard University in New Orleans from 1997 to 2004. In addition, Dr. Lomax served as a Director of Whitney Holding Corporation and Whitney National Bank from 2002 to 2011. He has also served on numerous Boards of Directors, including Emory University, Teach for America, The Council of Independent Colleges, The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the KIPP Foundation, the nation’s largest charter school network. Dr. Lomax earned a PhD in American and Afro-American Literature from Emory University in Atlanta, an M.A. in English Literature from Columbia University in New York and a B.A. in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Jody Miller

Ms. Jody G. Miller is an Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Miller serves as CEO of the Business Talent Group, a company providing independent professionals for project-based assignments, which she founded in 2007. From 2000 through 2007, Ms. Miller was a venture partner with Maveron LLC, a Seattle-based venture capital firm. From 1995 to 1999, Ms. Miller held various positions at Americast, a digital video and interactive services partnership, including as Acting President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President for Operations and Consultant. From 1993 to 1995, Ms. Miller served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President with the Clinton Administration. Ms. Miller is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy, a not-for-profit program. In 2009, Ms. Miller joined the Board of Advisors for the Drucker Institute, a non-profit organization focused on stimulating effective management and responsible leadership. In 2015, Ms. Miller joined the board of Peer Health Exchange, a non-profit health education program. Ms. Miller earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Jeffrey Taylor

Mr. Jeffrey W. Taylor is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Taylor retired from Pearson PLC, a multinational publishing and education company, in July 2014, after serving as Senior Policy Advisor since June of 2012. Prior to that position, Mr. Taylor was Senior Vice President, U.S. Government Policy and Investor Relations, at Pearson PLC from 2008 to 2012. He previously served as President of Pearson, Inc., the U.S. holding company of Pearson PLC. From 1994 to 2000, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of National Computer Systems, an education testing and software company. Mr. Taylor was named trustee of Indiana State University in August 2014. Mr. Taylor earned a B.S. from Indiana State University.

Darrell Tukua

Mr. Darrell R. Tukua is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Tukua was a Partner with KPMG LLP, a global provider of audit, tax and advisory services, which he joined in 1976. Since 2005, Mr. Tukua has served on the Board of Directors of Constellation, Inc., a mutual insurance holding company comprised of medical liability insurers, where he is also a member of the Audit & Budget, Investment and Governance Committees. In addition, Mr. Tukua has served since 2005 as a member of the Board of Directors and Audit, Compensation and Nominating/Corporate Governance Committees of Gate City Bank, a retail and commercial bank. Mr. Tukua also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of non-profit organizations Allina Health System and Ecumen. Mr. Tukua earned a B.S. from the University of South Dakota.

Heide Erickson