DeVry University Names Three New Advisory Board Members

Academic and professional leaders add expertise to university’s team of advisors

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. – June 1, 2009

DeVry University announced today that it has appointed W. David Baker, Dr. Marilyn C. Beck and Janet L. Walsh to its national advisory board. The three engineering, education and human resources leaders join a network of experts who bring unique knowledge and skills to enhance the university’s value to students and the communities it serves.

“We are so pleased to have such esteemed, high-caliber additions to the DeVry University advisory board,” said David J. Pauldine, president of DeVry University. “We look forward to David, Marilyn and Janet’s contributions as DeVry University continues to grow as one of North America’s largest degree-granting higher education institutions for career-oriented education integrating technology, science, business and the arts.”

W. David Baker, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), professor emeritus, director of the school of engineering technology (retired). Before RIT, Baker was the chair of the electrical engineering technology department at SUNY College of Technology. Baker is a resident of Canandaigua, N.Y., and a life member of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Additionally, Baker’s industrial/professional life included time at Bell Telephone Laboratories and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Marilyn C. Beck, Calhoun Community College of Decatur, Ala., president. Beck became the fourth president and first woman president of Calhoun Community College in Jan. 2003. Prior to her appointment, she served for 15 years as the first female president at Lord Fairfax Community College in Virginia. Beck is a lifelong educator who serves on a number of professional and community boards and has received awards for contributions in education.

Janet L. Walsh is the president of Birchtree-HR, LLC, a global human capital firm providing consulting services, integrated start-up solutions and education programs specifically designed to increase financial performance in organizations. She has spent 25 years as a senior HR executive in large multinational firms in addition to being an author, educator and consultant. Walsh has worked in more than 60 countries and is the host of an acclaimed internet broadcast show offering advice on improving business performance. She is a senior adjunct professor at Keller Graduate School of Management.

The three advisory board members will begin their role effective June 1, 2009. Members serve on the board for three years and provide strategic guidance toward the development of DeVry University’s programs and services.

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