American Learning Solutions (ALS), Inc. was founded in 2000 with support from Vanderbilt University to pursue emerging opportunities in educational technology. ALS’s wholly owned subsidiary, American Sentinel University is an accredited, Title IV approved, online university founded in 2006, and headquartered in Aurora, Colorado. American Sentinel University offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees and certificates in nursing and healthcare management and technology to working healthcare professionals.
Board of Directors
E. Townes Duncan (Chair)
Townes Duncan is Founder and Managing Partner of Solidus, a partnership that invests in high growth businesses to build and sustain wealth, create important companies, and foster entrepreneurial success. Over more than a decade, Solidus has specialized in early stage investing, maintaining an evergreen portfolio that advantages investors with broad exposure to diverse types and phases of companies.
Townes has been a board member of successful, publicly-traded and private companies including: Bright Horizons, Continental Circuits, Inforum, Information America, PMT Services, Cryolife, and Sirrom Capital. Currently he is a director of J. Alexander’s Corporation, American Learning Solutions, New Constructs, Giant Photos, American Hometown Publishing, Change:Healthcare, Southcomm, Nashville Wire, Covenant Capital, Breathe America and The Documentary Channel. In 2003 Townes was the founding chairman of Nashville Capital Network where he continues to serve as a director.
He earned a B.A. degree in political science from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University.
Dan Coholan is Vice Chairman, Wealth Management, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto, Canada. He is active on Boards of Directors for private companies and not-for-profit organizations. Dan is currently on the Board of Governors of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall (public performance centers), and American Learning Solutions. Past governance roles include the Board of Directors of IVARA Corporation, the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Fundraising Council for Trent University, Chair of the Board and Chair of the Fundraising Committee for Young People’s Theatre, Toronto, and Chair of the Ontario District Council and member of the National Advisory Council of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada. Dan is also active with United Way Toronto as a volunteer on the Major Individual Giving Cabinet.
Mr. Coholan holds an MBA degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, an M.Ed in Administration, Planning and Social Policy degree from Harvard University and a BA degree from Trent University.
Mr. Leipold is the majority owner of the Minnesota Wild, NHL Hockey Club. He is active in numerous civic and corporate organizations as well as several charities benefiting children. He has been named Nashville Sports Council “Sports Person of the Year,” “1999 Father of the Year” by the Nashville Father’s Day Council, and “Nashvillian of the Year” by the Easter Seals, following a highly successful 1998–1999 season for the Nashville Predators, an NHL team he founded in 1998. He and his wife, Helen (Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Johnson Outdoors, Inc. and Chairman of Johnson Financial Bank Corp.), maintain residences in Racine, Wisconsin, and Saint Paul, Minnesota, and are the parents of five sons.
Carrie Oliver is the founder and Managing Director of the Yare Group (London, UK) that consults on large business transformation projects in the UK. She holds two levels of Board of Directors certification from the UK Institute of Directors. Previously she was a partner with Moorehouse Consulting, and had earlier worked for Deloitte Consulting in the U.S. and U.K.and Sanford Bernstein in NYC.
Ms. Oliver holds a BSc. From Cornell University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Richard Oliver is the CEO and chief academic officer of American Sentinel University. Previously, he was a professor at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. While there, Dr. Oliver received the Outstanding Professor Award and a Dean’s Teaching Award. For several years, he served as a visiting professor of management at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
Prior to his academic career, Dr. Oliver had a 20-year career at Nortel Networks, where he was vice president of marketing, and he also worked for DuPont Co. Dr. Oliver is the author of seven books and more than 50 book chapters and journal articles about management, technology and education, and has lectured around the world on these topics.
He served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Services Marketing and the Journal of Strategic Management Education. Dr. Oliver has served on seven corporate boards and was chairman of the board of directors of Symmetricom, a high-tech telecommunications company, from 1997 to 2004.
Dr. Oliver holds a Ph.D. in informatics from the State University of New York, a Master of Arts in communications from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Science in economics from Cornell University.
Ben R. Rechter
Mr. Rechter is the President of Rogers Group Investments, Inc. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nashville Public Television and serves on several Boards of Directors including Metropolitan Nashville Public Education Foundation. Previously, he was the President of Rogers Group Financial Services Company. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Fisk University, United Way of Middle Tennessee, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Community Foundation, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville Institute of Arts, and Nashville Symphony Association. Mr. Rechter attended Hanover College and Indiana University.
Peter C. Rousos
Peter Rousos is responsible for Economic and New Business Development matters in Vanderbilt University’s Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization. The Center is responsible for transferring technology from Vanderbilt to the commercial marketplace principally through licensing and start-up companies. He has been a principal in several start-up companies and has advised several others. Prior to that, he was the Chief Human Resources Officer of Gaylord Entertainment Company, an entertainment conglomerate with approximately 6,000 employees. He was also Senior Legal Counsel for Gaylord where he was responsible for securities law and transactional matters. Before joining Gaylord Entertainment, Peter practiced law in the areas of general business, corporate, tax, employment, labor, transactional, securities and intellectual property law. He also has significant experience working with business organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and several non-profits including the American Red Cross. Peter received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Pittsburgh.