AIU Board of Trustees

Ronald E. Frieson

Ronald E. Frieson 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.

Dr. Ron Godwin

For more than 20 years, Dr. Ronald Godwin served Liberty University in varying executive positions. Dr. Godwin retired as Provost and Sr. Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2014. In these roles, Godwin was the primary voice on academic matters within the administration. He oversaw incredible growth not only in the campus and its facilities, but also in the scope and quality of academic offerings. Over the years, Godwin was instrumental in the development of Liberty’s distance learning program, helping Liberty pioneer online programs for higher education.

In his administrative career, Godwin has held a variety of leadership positions, including two presidencies of private Christian colleges, Executive Vice President of the Washington Times, Executive Vice President of the Moral Majority, President of Liberty Broadcast Network, President of Liberty University Foundation, and Dean of the Helms School of Government and Senior Administrator of Residential Recruiting at Liberty.

Godwin received his B.A. from Bob Jones University, his M.S. from Old Dominion University, and his Ph.D. in Post-Secondary Planning and Management from Florida State University.

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.

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.

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. Bill Pepicello

Bill Pepicello, Board Chair, has been a leader in higher education for 40 years, holding advanced degrees from Brown University. He has addressed audiences nationwide and internationally on the topics of leadership, non-traditional higher education, e-learning, and the changing landscape of American higher education. His experience includes having served as a professor at University of Delaware and Temple University. He also served as the Southern California Regional Dean for National University. As the President of the University of Sarasota, he led the team that transformed that institution into what is today Argosy University, and secured regional accreditation for the newly formed university. He also served as the Chief Academic Officer for American Intercontinental University. Bill served University of Phoenix for two decades and helped guide the University through the transition from a degree completion institution to a comprehensive university serving students from the associate through doctoral levels. He founded both the College of General and Professional Studies and the School of Advanced Studies at the University. He also was responsible for opening new campuses of the University of Phoenix in multiple states, as well as the expansion of online services. After having served as the Provost, in 2006 Bill became the sixth President of the University of Phoenix, and as such was responsible for the leadership of the largest private university in the United States. He retired in 2014 and has been active in consulting and writing about higher education and leadership. Bill has served on the Arizona Commission for Private Postsecondary Education, under the Office of the Governor for the State of Arizona; was the Chair of the Banner Health Foundation Board; and is the past Chair of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council Board of Directors. Additionally, he served on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), under the U.S. Department of Education.

Classes Start August 8, 2018