AIU Board of Trustees

Ronald E. Frieson

Ronald E. Frieson, Board Chair, is currently the Senior Vice President of External Affairs at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He is the retired President of Georgia Operations for BellSouth Corporation. Mr. Frieson began his BellSouth career in 1985, and held a number of leadership roles during his tenure including Vice President of Transition and Strategy, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, and Group Vice President. Prior to joining BellSouth, Mr. Frieson worked in the banking industry. Mr. Frieson is very active in civic affairs and is currently chair-elect of the national trustees for the American Kidney Fund. He has served as board chair of the Atlanta Police Foundation and Atlanta's Inn for Children. Mr. Frieson has served as a board member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Buckhead Coalition, Atlanta Urban League, Hands on Atlanta and the 100 Black Men of Dekalb. He was also a member of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2002. Mr. Frieson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Finance concentration from the University of Tennessee and a MBA in Information Systems from Georgia State University.

Nancy Mann

Nancy Mann is an alumnus of American InterContinental University, having graduated from the London campus in 1981. Ms. Mann currently is the project designer for Mitch Johnson Construction. She had previously spent six years as a District Manager for GF Furniture Systems where her responsibilities included space planning, ergonomic designs, and sales. After her tenure with GF Furniture Systems, she operated her own business as an Architectural Designer for travel resorts, and later served as a real estate appraiser and consultant for historic properties renovation. Ms. Mann resides in Aiken, South Carolina, and has been a member of the AIU Board of Trustees for over 20 years.

Mark Handler

Mark Handler has over thirty years of diversified global experience in the media sector. He has held leadership and key management roles and has participated on several senior level boards. Mark spent 25 years with The Walt Disney Company and retired in 2009 as Executive Vice President /Managing Director International for the Walt Disney Internet Group in Burbank, CA, a position he held since 2000. Mark was previously President of Disney TeleVentures, 1995-2000, and Senior Vice President Sales and Affiliate Marketing, Disney Channel 1984-1995. From 1978 to 1984, Mark worked in executive roles for Cox Communications. During his long and varied career, Mark spearheaded domestic and international expansion programs, developed several innovative business models and grew start-ups into nine figure revenue bases. He has hired and developed cutting edge talent in major international and domestic territories. Mark was also responsible for the strategic divestiture of Infoseek Japan as well as several acquisitions in the digital space. Mark currently is on the board of DeskSite, a digital video entertainment company. He serves as vice chairman and board member for Colorado Technical University, a for-profit, bricks and mortar/online university with over twenty thousand students. Mark is a board member of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and leads the finance committee for Hope House for the Multiple-Handicapped, Inc. Mark and his wife Priscilla reside in Los Angeles.

Dr. Robert T. Justis

Dr. Robert T. Justis is chair of the Rucks Department of Management, and Director of the International Franchise Forum in the E. J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University. Present teaching and research areas are concerned with franchising, entrepreneurship, international businesses, and strategic business practices. While working on his doctoral degree, Dr. Justis established a small business with two other students in Indiana and Florida that grossed over two million dollars a year. He specializes in the development and start-up of franchising and entrepreneurial organizations. Additional consulting assignments have included work for Burger King, Borg Warner Corporation, Texas Instruments, Wendy's McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Popeyes', Selection Research, Inc., National Research Corporations, etc. He has consulted or assisted over 250 franchising organizations around the world. In addition, Dr. Justis has developed and presented management programs in Brazil, Mexico, China, Australia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, France, and Switzerland. The Freedom foundation at Valley Forge has conferred upon Dr. Justis the Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education. He has also received distinguished teaching awards from every University where he has taught, including: Indiana University, Texas Tech University, University of Nebraska and Louisiana State University. He is often called "the father of small business" and recently he has become known as "the father of franchising" – titles associated with his development of these academic areas.

Stanley P. Mengel

Stanley Mengel retired after serving 11 years as President and CEO of the Missouri Council on Economic Education and as a member of the Economics Department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Previously, Mengel was Manager of Public Affairs at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In Ohio, Mengel was Vice President for Training with Northwestern Mutual Life. Mengel was the Ervin Pietz Professor of Economic Education at Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Director of the National Center of Economic Education for Children. At the University of Akron, Mengel held the Firestone Chair and was Director of the Center for Economic Education and while at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, Mengel was Assistant Professor of Economics and later President of the Ohio Council on Economic Education. Mengel was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and a Stanford-Wilson Fellow at Stanford University in the Economics Department earning an M.A. and Ab.D. in Economics. Mengel's undergraduate work was at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he graduated with General Honors and Departmental Honors in both Economics and in Political Science.

Dr. George P. Miller, III

Dr. George P. Miller, III, joined AIU in January of 2004 after serving for thirteen years as president of non-profit colleges in Tennessee and New York. He has over 30 years of experience in higher education as an administrator and teacher. Dr. Miller received the Bachelor of Science Degree from James Madison University, the Master of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee, and the Doctor of Education Degree from the University of Virginia. He is active in professional and civic affairs, is a published author, and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for professional distinction and public service. Dr. Miller currently serves as the University Chancellor and President of AIU’s Atlanta campus.

Greg Jansen

Greg E. Jansen, has served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Career Education Corporation since 2011. In his current role he provides counsel on a wide range of operational matters impacting CEC’s schools, students and staff. Prior to that, Mr. Jansen served in various roles as legal counsel to AIU and other post-secondary institutions first beginning in April, 2005. From 1999 until joining CEC in 2005, Mr. Jansen practiced corporate law with Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP where he concentrated his practice in general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and securities matters. Mr. Jansen received his B.A. in Accounting and Economics, cum laude, from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1996 and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1999. Mr. Jansen is a registered certified public accountant and also serves as CEC’s privacy officer.

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