Listed below is the senior management team at Universal Technical Institute, Inc. To view members of the Board of Directors and various committees, please visit our Corporate Governance section.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Kimberly J. McWaters was appointed to Chairman of the Board in December 2013. She has served as UTI’s Chief Executive Officer since October 2003 and as a director on UTI’s Board from February 2005 through November 2013. Ms. McWaters served as UTI’s President from 2000 to March 2011 and previously served on UTI’s Board from 2002 to 2003. From 1984 to 2000, Ms. McWaters held several positions with UTI, including Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Ms. McWaters also serves as a director of Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (formerly United Auto Group, Inc.) Ms. McWaters received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Chief Financial Officer
Bryce H. Peterson was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in October 2016. Previously, he had served as our Senior Vice President of Information Technology since June 2012. Mr. Peterson served as Vice President of Information Technology from March 2011 to June 2012, as Vice President of Internal Audit Services from March 2010 to March 2011 and as Information Technology Audit Manager from October 2008 to February 2010. Prior to joining UTI, Mr. Peterson served in a variety of positions at KPMG, LLP, Brigham Young University, and Fenton Enterprises. Mr. Peterson received his MS in Information Systems Management and holds a BS in Business Management from Brigham Young University.
General Counsel, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development
Chad A. Freed has served as our inside legal counsel since March 2004 and is also our Corporate Secretary. He was promoted to the position of General Counsel, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development in June 2015. Previous to that, Mr. Freed held the position of Senior Vice President, General Counsel since February 2005 and in March 2009, he assumed business development responsibilities as the General Counsel, Senior Vice President of Business Development. Prior to joining UTI, Mr. Freed was a Senior Associate in the Corporate Finance and Securities department at Bryan Cave LLP. Mr. Freed received his Juris Doctor from Tulane University, and holds a BS in International Business and French from Pennsylvania State University.
Executive Vice President, Admissions and Operations
Sherrell E. Smith returned to UTI as Senior Vice President of Operations in August 2012, and in April 2015 he assumed responsibility for Admissions. In June 2015, Mr. Smith was promoted to Executive Vice President, Admissions and Operations. Prior to his departure from UTI in 2009, Sherrell was with UTI for 23 years. During his previous tenure with the company, Mr. Smith contributed to the organization in many leadership roles: Campus President, Regional Vice President of Operations and Executive Vice President and Executive Vice President of Operations. After his departure from UTI, Mr. Smith had been advising a private equity firm on acquisition opportunities in the education field as well as served as the Chief Executive Officer of American Institute of Technology. Mr. Smith received his BS in Management from Arizona State University.
Piper Jameson joined UTI as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in February 2017. Previously, she served as Chief Marketing Officer for Northern Arizona University (NAU) – Extended Campuses from 2015 to 2017. Piper was EVP and Chief Marketing Officer from 2006 to 2015 at Lincoln Educational Services where she provided leadership for Marketing, Admissions and the Career Services and Partnership division. Prior to joining Lincoln, Ms. Jameson served as the Financial Controller at Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix, AZ. Ms. Jameson had previously worked at UTI/MMI from 1994-2005 in a variety of finance, operational and marketing roles, leaving UTI as our Senior Vice President of Marketing. Ms. Jameson holds a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication & Leadership from Seton Hall University and dual Bachelor of Science of degrees in Marketing and Business Administration from University of Phoenix. Ms. Jameson currently serves on the board of the Imagine America Foundation.
Senior Vice President, People Services
Rhonda R. Turner has served as our Senior Vice President of People Services (Human Resources) since June 2010. From January 2006 to December 2007, Ms. Turner served as Director, People Services Partnerships, from January 2008 to July 2009 she served as Vice President of People Services Partnerships & Training and from August 2009 to May 2010 she served as Vice President of People Services. Prior to joining UTI, Ms. Turner served in human resources leadership positions at ConocoPhillips, Circle K and Main Street Restaurant Group, Inc., a TGI Friday’s franchisee. Ms. Turner received her BS in Human Resources Management from Arizona State University.