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The following members make up the Universal Technical Institute, Inc. Board of Directors.  Please select an individual member below to learn more about them and the committees they contribute to.

  • Robert DeVincenzi

    Mr. DeVincenzi has served as a director on our Board of Directors since April 2017 and has served as the Chairman of our Board of Directors since September 2017. Mr. DeVincenzi has served as a nonexecutive

    member of the Board of Directors of Redflex Holdings Limited, which focuses on road, vehicle and pedestrian safety products and services, and as Chairman of the Risk and Compliance Committee since 2014. From 2012 to 2014, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Redflex Holdings Limited. Additionally, Mr. DeVincenzi is a principal partner in Lupine Ventures, a business advisory firm that provides strategic consulting and corporate development advisory services, since 2014. Mr. DeVincenzi has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics at California State University, Monterey Bay since 2014. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. DeVincenzi served as President and Chief Executive Officer of LaserCard Corporation, a global biometric identification systems business. Prior to his position at LaserCard Corporation, Mr. DeVincenzi held positions in a variety of high technology enterprises, including Solectron, Inc., Inkra Networks Inc. and Ignis Optics Inc. Mr. DeVincenzi served on the Board of IBIS Healthcare from January 2015 to May 2017. Mr. DeVincenzi received a Master of Arts degree from Gonzaga University in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, San Luis Obispo and has completed various executive education programs at Duke University, Northwestern University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. DeVincenzi is a certified public company director (ACCD) and has completed Directors College at Stanford University. Mr. DeVincenzi brings to the Board of Directors significant business leadership and strategy development experience as well as public company board expertise. Mr. DeVincenzi qualifies as an audit committee financial expert under SEC guidelines.

  • David Blaszkiewicz

    David A. Blaszkiewicz has served as a director on our Board of Directors since December 2011.

    Mr. Blaszkiewicz has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Invest Detroit, a leading economic development organization, and its predecessor companies since November 2014 and as President of Invest Detroit since 2001. Mr. Blaszkiewicz served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Downtown Detroit Partnership, Inc., a private/public partnership of corporate and civic leaders engaged in key community revitalization efforts, from February 2011 to June 2014. In addition, Mr. Blaszkiewicz currently serves on the board of a number of non-profit organizations, including the national New Markets Tax Credit Coalition, Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority, M-1 RAIL, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and Detroit Community Loan Fund. Mr. Blaszkiewicz also served as Director of Finance and Secretary/Treasurer of Detroit Renaissance, Inc., an organization of CEOs now known as Business Leaders for Michigan, from 1994 through 2001. Mr. Blaszkiewicz received a BS in Business from Wayne State University and received his MBA in 1998 from Michigan State University. Mr. Blaszkiewicz brings to the Board significant financial, commercial real estate and development expertise as well as municipal and private investment experience.

  • Conrad A. Conrad

    Conrad A. Conrad has served as a director on our Board of Directors since February 2004, also serving as our Lead Director from December 2013 to September 2017, as the Chairman of the Audit Committee from 2004 to 2012 and as a member of the Compensation Committee from 2004 to 2015. Mr. Conrad served as a director of Rural/Metro Corporation until June 2011 and as a director of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation until April 2014. Mr. Conrad was employed with The Dial Corporation from August 2000 to October 2005, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this, Mr. Conrad worked for 25 years with Quaker State Corporation, a leading manufacturer of branded automotive and consumer products and services, where he held multiple positions, most recently Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Conrad received an AB in Accounting from The College of William & Mary. As a former chief financial officer for a public company, Mr. Conrad has experience in finance and accounting, particularly as it applies to public companies such as UTI. His prior positions with Quaker State gave him insight into the automotive products and services market. Mr. Conrad also served as the chairman of the board of Rural/Metro Corporation, which experience aids his service to our Board of Directors. Mr. Conrad qualifies as an audit committee financial expert under SEC guidelines.

  • LTG (R) William J. Lennox, Jr.

    Lieutenant General William J. Lennox, Jr. (USA Ret.) has served as a director on our Board of Directors since January 2014. Mr. Lennox has served as President of Saint Leo University since July 2015. Mr. Lennox served as Chief Executive Officer of Lennox Strategies, LLC, a consulting company and personal business venture, from 2012 to 2015. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Lennox served as Senior Vice President, Washington, D.C., for Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 aerospace firm. Prior to his position at Goodrich Corporation, Mr. Lennox served approximately 35 years in the United States Army, culminating as Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Lennox currently serves on the Board of Princeton Power Systems, a privately held manufacturer of advanced power conversion products and alternative energy systems. Mr. Lennox received a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in literature from Princeton University. Mr. Lennox’s exceptional military career and his expertise in developing and managing strategic relationships between the private sector and government entities brings a unique set of experiences and capabilities to the Board.

  • Kimberly J. McWaters

    Kimberly J. McWaters has served as our Chief Executive Officer since October 2003, as President since September 2016 and as a director on our Board of Directors since 2005. Ms. McWaters served as Chairman of our Board of Directors from December 2013 to September 2017, served as our President from 2000 to March 2011 and previously served on our Board of Directors 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 has also served as a director Mobile Mini, Inc. since August 2014 and as a director of Penske Automotive Group, Inc. since December 2004. Ms. McWaters received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. As a long-time employee of UTI, Ms. McWaters brings to the Board of Directors an understanding of the organization and experience in the post-secondary technical education services industry.

     

  • Dr. Roderick R. Paige

    Dr. Roderick R. Paige has served as a director on our Board of Directors since September 2010. Dr. Paige has served as the Interim President of Jackson State University since November 2016. Dr. Paige was a founder of the Chartwell Education Group, LLC, an education consulting firm, and served as its Chairman from 2005 to 2009. Dr. Paige has also served as Senior Advisor to Higher Ed Holdings, LLC since 2005. Dr. Paige served as the United States Secretary of Education from 2001 to 2005 and was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2005. Dr. Paige also served as a director of News Corporation during the last five years and was a member of its compensation committee. Dr. Paige also has significant experience in the education industry, including 10 years as the dean of a college of education, four years as trustee of a 200,000 student school district and approximately seven years as the Superintendent of Schools of the Houston Independent School District. Dr. Paige received his doctorate and masters in health and physical education from Indiana University and his BS from Jackson State University. Dr. Paige brings to the Board of Directors governmental regulatory and leadership experience and contacts in the education industry.

  • Roger S. Penske

    Roger S. Penske has served as a director on our Board of Directors since 2002. Mr. Penske has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Penske Automotive Group, Inc., a publicly-traded automotive retailer, since 1999. Mr. Penske has also been Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Penske Corporation since 1969. Mr. Penske also serves as a director of Business Leaders for Michigan and Downtown Detroit Partnership. Mr. Penske has also served as a director of General Electric Company during the last five years. Mr. Penske has executive management experience in the automotive industry and experience as a public company director. Mr. Penske brings to the Board of Directors high-level connections to various automotive companies and extensive experience in and understanding of the automotive retail industry.

  • Chris Shackelton

    Christopher S. Shackelton has served as a director on our Board of Directors since June 2016. Mr. Shackelton is co-founder and managing partner of Coliseum Capital Management, LLC. Mr. Shackelton has served as Chairman of the Board of Providence Service Corp. since November 2012 and has served on its board of directors since July 2012. Mr. Shackelton has also served as a director of BioScrip, Inc. since March 2015, and as a director of a number of privately held companies. Previously, Mr. Shackelton was Chairman of Rural/Metro Corp, from December 2010 to June 2011 and served on the board of Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. from July 2014 to June 2016, of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., from February 2009 through March 2010, and of LHC Group, Inc., from November 2012 to August 2017. Prior to these positions, Mr. Shackelton worked at Watershed Asset Management and Morgan Stanley & Co. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Yale University. Mr. Shackelton brings to the Board of Directors significant financial, investing, and accounting experience in addition to his experience serving on the boards of other public companies.

  • Linda J. Srere

    Linda J. Srere has served as a director on our Board of Directors since 2005. Ms. Srere is a marketing and advertising consultant. From January 2000 to November 2001, she served as President of Young & Rubicam Advertising, a worldwide advertising network. From September 1998 to January 2000, Ms. Srere served as Vice Chairman and Chief Client Officer of Young & Rubicam Inc. (“Y&R”). From January 1997 to September 1998, she served as President and CEO of Y&R’s New York office. Ms. Srere joined Y&R in September 1994 as Executive Vice President and Director of Business Development. Ms. Srere served as the Chairman of advertising agency Earle Palmer Brown New York from 1992 to 1994, and served as President of advertising agency Rosenfeld, Sirowitz, Humphrey & Strauss from 1990 to 1992. For 11 years, until July 2012, Ms. Srere was a director of Electronic Arts Inc. During her tenure, she served on its compensation and its nominating and governance committees. Ms. Srere also served as a director of aQuantive, Inc., which was sold to Microsoft in 2007. She currently sits on the Investor and Executive Council of DCubed Group, a private market investment firm. Ms. Srere also serves on the Advisory Board of SOS Method, a meditation technology platform. Ms. Srere brings to the Board of Directors marketing, strategic and business leadership skills from her career in marketing and advertising.

  • Kenneth R. Trammell

    Kenneth R. Trammell has served as a director on our Board of Directors since June 2011. Mr. Trammell has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Tenneco Inc., a publicly traded manufacturer of vehicle components and systems, since September 2003, and Controller from 1997 through 2003. Prior to joining Tenneco in 1996, Mr. Trammell spent 12 years with the international public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Trammell received a BBA in accounting from the University of Houston. Mr. Trammell has significant business experience in the original equipment and aftermarket automotive parts industry for more than 20 years. He also has considerable experience in financial reporting, accounting, internal controls, capital markets transactions, investor relations and operations finance. Mr. Trammell qualifies as an audit committee financial expert under SEC guidelines.

  • John C. White

    John C. White has served as a director on our Board of Directors since 1997. Mr. White served as Chairman of our Board of Directors from October 2005 until December 2013. From October 2003 to September 2005, Mr. White served as our Chief Strategic Planning Officer and Vice Chairman. From April 2002 to September 2003, Mr. White served as our Chief Strategic Planning Officer and Co-Chairman of our Board of Directors. From 1997 to March 2002, Mr. White served as our Chief Strategic Planning Officer and Chairman of our Board of Directors. Mr. White served as the President of Clinton Harley Corporation (which operated under the name Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute) from 1977 until it was acquired by UTI in 1998. Prior to 1977, Mr. White was a marketing representative with International Business Machines Corporation. Mr. White was appointed by the Arizona Senate to serve as a member of the Joint Legislative Committee on Private Regionally Accredited Degree Granting Colleges and Universities and Private Nationally Accredited Degree Granting and Vocational Institutions in 1990. He was appointed by the Governor of Arizona to the Arizona State Board for Private Post-secondary Education, where he was a member and Complaint Committee Chairman from 1993-2001. Mr. White received a BS in Engineering from the University of Illinois. Mr. White has experience in the post-secondary technical education services industry and has experience involving accreditation issues. Mr. White has assisted with our strategic planning, both as a director and as an employee.


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