AIU Governing Board




Richard Pope Perry, AIU's Board Chair, is a practicing Attorney at Law in Roswell, Georgia, having been admitted to the Bar in December of 1960. Mr. Perry graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in 1959. He graduated from the Lamar School of Law at Emory University with a J. D. in 1961. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association and North Fulton County Bar Association. He is also a retired Captain, U. S. Army, Judge Advocate General's Corps and is active in the Episcopal Church, serving as Chancellor of the Diocese of Atlanta.


Gaylen Kemp Baxter, AIU's Board Vice Chair, is an attorney and former partner with Dow, Lohnes & Albertson in Atlanta, Georgia, where she specialized in corporate, securities and finance matters. Prior to joining Dow, Lohnes & Albertson, Ms. Baxter was assistant general counsel of Healthdyne, Inc. and associated with Kilpatrick & Cody (Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP). She also serves as a member of the Board of St. Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta and St. Joseph's Mercy Foundation, and previously served as chairperson of the Foundation from 1998-2004. She recently served as president of the Parents Association of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta. She is a past president of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and has been a long-time member of its board of directors. She also was chairperson of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Ms. Baxter received a B.A. from the University of Colorado and a law degree from Boston University School of Law. She has been a member of the AIU Governing Board for over 10 years.


Nancy Mann, AIU's Board Secretary, is an alumnus of American InterContinental University, having graduated from the London campus in 1981. Ms. Mann 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. Currently she is a real estate appraiser, consulting for historic properties renovation. Ms. Mann resides in Aiken, South Carolina, and has been a member of the AIU Governing Board for 22 years.


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 "the father of franchising" titles associated with his development of these academic areas.


David J. Kaufman is a partner and co-chair of the Corporate Practice Group in the national law firm of Duane Morris, LLP. His law practice focuses on mergers and acquisition, corporate securities, private equity and general corporate counseling. Mr. Kaufman assists predominantly entrepreneurial clients in developing and implementing creative strategies to accomplish their business objectives. He also regularly advises boards of directors, their committees and officers on their fiduciary duties and other obligations. He serves chair of the Strategic Communications Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and is a member of The Chicago Bar Association. He served on the editorial board of the Michigan Journal of International Law and as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Journal of Political Science. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and holds a B.A. and M.P.P. from the University of Michigan.


David Kenney is a graduate of Michigan State University Hotel School. He was the original President and Partner in Days Inns of America, Inc. and is currently Senior Partner of Kenney Hotel Group which owns and operates hotels. He has been featured on the cover of several industry publications and has testified before the Senate Finance Committee and at the White House five times. Mr. Kenney is a past Chairman of the American Hotel and Motel Association; past Chairman of the Georgia Hospitality and Travel Association and former President of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. In 1989, he was named Georgia Hotelier of the Year. The Society for the Advancement of Travel for the Handicapped made him "Man of the Year" in 1992, and in 1994, he was awarded the Paul Grossinger Award as Humanitarian of the Year.


Janice McKenzie-Crayton currently serves as President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, Inc. (BBBS), a position she has held since January 1992. As the chief administrator of this youth-serving organization, Ms. McKenzie-Crayton has led BBBS through strategic growth and has expanded the reach of Big Brothers Big Sisters to ten metro Atlanta counties currently serving over 2,000 children. Big Brothers Big Sisters exists to strengthen the single-parent family by providing one-to-one friendships for children in need. Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, she was the Vice President for Development at Spelman College after moving to Atlanta in 1988. Prior to her notable work at Spelman, she held administrative positions with Howard University, Hampton University, and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Ms. McKenzie-Crayton is involved with numerous community organizations. Currently, she is a member of the distinguished Atlanta Rotary Club and in n 2002, she was appointed by Governor Roy E. Barnes to serve on the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism. She also serves on the board of the Atlanta Partners for Education, Saint Joseph's Mercy Foundation and on the Community Advisory Board of The Junior League of Atlanta. Ms. McKenzie-Crayton is also the CEO/Executive Chair for the Big Brothers Big Sisters National Professional Association and an alumna of Leadership Atlanta and Leadership Georgia. She has served on the board of the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Foundation; on the Executive Committees of the Executive Directors Association of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the Association of United Way Executive Directors. Other previous affiliations have included the Boards of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta; the National Society of Fund Raising Executives; and, the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Women's Network. Recognized throughout the community as a leader, she has been honored with several awards including 1999 Women of Distinction award from the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and the Atlanta Business League Women of Vision award-Women Looking Ahead Award. Ms. McKenzie-Crayton holds both a bachelor's and master's degree from Howard University.


Stephen Fireng has been with Career Education Corporation since its inception, and is President of Career Education Corporation's University Group, which encompasses all of the online and brick and mortar campuses of American InterContinental University and Colorado Technical University. Prior to that, Mr. Fireng was President of the company's Online Education Group, which encompassed American InterContinental University Online and Colorado Technical University Online. Previously, Mr. Fireng has served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Admissions for the company's Online Education Group, and as the National Director of Admissions for CEC's Colleges, Schools and Universities division, overseeing admissions and marketing activities for college campuses worldwide. Mr. Fireng holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University.


Paul Gleason joined CEC in 2000 to lead online course development and went on to coordinate information technology, imaging, web development and career services areas for the Online Education Group. As an authority in curriculum design & development, instructional technology and learning theory, Mr. Gleason brings both academic and technology experience. Prior to joining AIU Online, Mr. Gleason was Vice President of Computer-Based Training for First American National Bank in Nashville. While pursuing advanced studies at Vanderbilt University he also served as an instructor with Vanderbilt University's Human and Organizational Development Program from 1996 through 1998. He also was an instructor & facilitator with Gleason Communications. Mr. Gleason received his M.Ed. in Human Resource Development from Vanderbilt in 1996. He attended Wheaton College completing his M.A. in 1990 and his B.A. in 1985.


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 28 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.

Jeremy Wheaton joined Career Education Corporation in 1995 and over the past eleven years has served as a consultant to many CEC-owned institutions. Mr. Wheaton has been instrumental in implementing many of the policies and procedures that focus on the student experience in the areas of admissions, financial aid, and student accounts. From 2000-2002, Mr. Wheaton served as the Director of Mergers and Acquisitions for CEC. It was during this period that Mr. Wheaton played a key role in the acquisition of both American InterContinental University and Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, two of CEC's largest acquisitions. Mr. Wheaton joined CEC's University Group, focusing on online operations, in July of 2002. Mr. Wheaton received a Bachelor's degree in Finance and Political Science from Clarkson University and his M.B.A. from Moravian College.
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