Mr. Royster spent more than half of his career at Radio One, Inc., one of the largest media companies targeting the African American market. He joined Radio One as its CFO in 1996. At the time, it owned seven radio stations in two markets, and over the course of the next 12 years helped build that company into a diverse media conglomerate which, at peak size, owned more than 70 stations in 22 markets, a cable channel (TV One), content and publishing assets and a growing Internet presence. Among many other things, Mr. Royster was responsible for the company's 1999 IPO and many following on offerings and helped raise more than $3 billion of capital over the course of his tenure. In 2006, Mr. Royster was named the Broadcasting Industry's CFO of the Year by Institutional Investor magazine.

Mr. Royster has also spent many years as a private equity investor having worked for several firms over the course of his career, including Chemical Venture Partners, Capital Resource Partners and TSG Capital Group, the last of which was, at the time, the largest private capital firm owned and operated by African Americans.
Mr. Royster's investment experience spans a multitude of industries and investment sizes and he has sat on numerous corporate boards over the years, including the Board of Directors of HRH, Inc., a NYSE-listed company that was successfully sold to Willis Group (NYSE: WSH) in 2008 for more than $2 billion.

In addition to his business interests, Mr. Royster has many philanthropic interests and has sat on the Board of the Arena Stage Theatre in Washington, DC, as well as the Board of Visitors of Duke University and the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Business School. Mr. Royster is a graduate of Duke as well as HBS. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at The River School in Washington, DC.



Brian W. Jones is the President of Latimer Education. A veteran of the education sector, Jones was previously Senior Counsel in the Postsecondary Education Practice Group at Dow Lohnes PLLC, a Washington DC-based law firm. From January 2005 through December 2008, he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of College Loan Corporation (CLC), a leading student loan company with $10 billion in assets. As EVP and General Counsel of CLC, Mr. Jones was the member of the senior management team responsible for the company's legal and regulatory affairs and also managed the company's Human Resources, Compliance and Corporate Communications departments.

Prior to joining CLC, Mr. Jones served for four years as the U.S. Department of Education's General Counsel. He was nominated to that position by the President of the United States and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. As General Counsel, Jones was the fourth-ranking officer of the Department and served as principal adviser to Secretary Rod Paige on all legal matters affecting Departmental programs and activities. He also served as one of five members of the Secretary's Executive Team, which was the principal policy-approving body of the Department.
In addition to his responsibilities as General Counsel of the Department, Jones served in 2004 as co-chairman of the President's Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commission, which was established to plan events commemorating the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision.

Jones currently serves as Chairman of the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board (PCSB), which oversees the nation's capital's 57 charter schools, serving one-third of the city's public school students. He has twice been appointed to the PCSB by District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty. He is also a member of the board of directors of Apangea Learning, Inc., an education company that provides online tutoring services.

Jones earned a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration with a major in finance from Georgetown University and his juris doctor degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law.



Dr. Ward Ulmer’s nearly 20 year career has allowed him to work in education and the management field overseeing numerous projects, people, and operations. As the Chief Academic Officer for Latimer Education, he brings senior-level experience in for-profit and traditional academia. His unique approach to education is the result of his experiences as an adult student, a community college administrator, a for-profit university administrator, a liberal arts university faculty member, and a college athlete. Ulmer has immense experience in the business and information systems industries and has published various Microsoft certification textbooks. Finally, he has written several articles and made conference presentations in the areas of distance education, assessment, accreditation, technology, faculty, remedial education, and training. In addition to his efforts in academia, he received the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Fellowship for three consecutive years, where he developed training programs for the US Navy and US Marines—specifically, the flight crews of the F-18 Hornet fighter aircraft.

Before joining the Latimer Education team, he served as Senior Vice Provost at Strayer University. At Strayer, he oversaw academic operations and a cooperative educational relationship with a Fortune 25 company. Prior to that appointment, Dr. Ulmer served in a variety of management roles with Kaplan University, the South Carolina Community College System, New York Life, and the American General Corporation.
In addition to a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration with a major in management from Charleston Southern University (Baptist College) and a masters degree from Webster University in Computer Resources and Information Management, Dr. Ulmer also holds two doctoral degrees. He received a Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Clemson University. In his first Ph.D., Dr. Ulmer was the recipient of the Superior Dissertation Award for outstanding research involving higher education when he studied faculty members’ perceptions of distance education and online learning. The dissertation research for his second Ph.D. studied the effects of remedial education on student performance in freshman-level courses. He has also held many certifications in technology and the financial services arena.



David Sutphen is a Partner in Brunswick Group's DC office and plays a leading role in providing strategic and communications guidance to corporations and non-profits. With more than a dozen years of experience in government and private industry, David has a proven history of helping companies achieve strategic business priorities and build partnerships that further their social responsibility missions and public policy goals.

In addition to his work with Brunswick, Sutphen currently serves as Co-Chair of the Internet Innovation Alliance and a Founding Board Member of Business Forward. Prior to joining Brunswick, David was the Senior Vice President of Government Relations at Viacom, the parent company of BET Networks, MTV Networks and Paramount Pictures. While at Viacom, he was a leading advisor to senior corporate and divisional executives on strategic, policy, political, and corporate responsibility matters. He also served as a co-chair of the Viacom Corporate Responsibility Council, a Founding Board Member of the Copyright Alliance, and helped develop and launch "GetSchooled", the five-year education partnership between Viacom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. David joined Viacom from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), where he was Senior Vice President of Government & Industry Relations.
Before the RIAA, David spent six years on Capitol Hill as General Counsel to former Senator Ted Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he handled civil rights issues, and Chief of Staff to former Congressman Harold Ford, who served on the Education & Workforce Committee. David began his career as an associate at Covington & Burling, following a clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and positions at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He is a graduate of Michigan Law School -- where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Law Review -- and an honors graduate of Amherst College. David serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Soccer Foundation and LAYC, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit serving the needs of more than 4,000 at-risk youth



Lysa Hlavinka Clemens has spent over 20 years in the for-profit higher education industry, the majority of that time in two very high growth companies where she had many opportunities to create, grow and manage a large variety of functions, from marketing to IT, HR to real estate. She started her career in advertising, serving as account executive on the University of Phoenix account, among others. In 1990, Ms. Clemens switched to the client-side and joined University of Phoenix as the first marketing staff in the company. In her 11-year career at Phoenix, she managed a variety of functions in both marketing and campus administration, developing the first corporate marketing department for the company and introducing its first national brand and advertising strategy. In 2001 she moved to the east coast and joined Strayer University as VP of Marketing, where she quickly repositioned the brand for national expansion. As SVP of Administration and ultimately Chief Administrative Officer, Ms. Clemens took on the additional responsibilities of Human Resources, Real Estate and Facilities Management, Strategic Planning and Business Development, overseeing the expansion of campuses into 15 states and the market introduction of Strayer’s online programs. As Chief Marketing Officer for Whitney University System from 2010-2011, she was immersed in the swiftly growing Latin American education market, working with Whitney’s partner schools to develop and enhance market strategies to increase access to higher education.
Ms. Clemens earned her bachelor’s degree in Advertising from Arizona State University and her MBA from University of Phoenix, where she also taught marketing and public relations courses for many years.