Adtalem Global Education Announces Leadership Changes to Accelerate Walden University Execution, Alignment and Integration

CHICAGO, September 07, 2021–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adtalem Global Education (NYSE:ATGE), a leading healthcare educator and workforce solutions provider, today announced a series of leadership appointments as it is making progress in integrating Walden University, accelerating synergies within its portfolio and continuing to improve operational execution within its core business.

To further optimize and align the organization for long-term growth and superior student experiences, the following leadership changes will take effect on September 8:

  • As previously announced, Stephane Beard will assume the role of CEO and join Adtalem’s Board of Directors.

  • As Adtalem shifts focus to become the market leader in health education, James Barthelemy, currently Senior Vice President, Integration and Transformation of Adtalem, will lead Chamberlain University as Senior Vice President, Chamberlain and Institutional Shared Services. Besides, John Danaher, MDWHO recently joined Adtalem as President, Adtalem Medical will continue to lead Adtalem’s two medical schools and the Medical Education Preparation Program (MERP), and will also lead the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Together, Bartholomew and Danaher succeed Kathy Boden Holland, Group President, Adtalem Health.

  • Bartholomew will be responsible for Chamberlain’s strategy, operations and growth. With more than 15 years of executive leadership experience in higher education – including overseeing national campuses, online programs and operations – Bartholomew is well positioned to grow the undergraduate and graduate programs of Chamberlain on 23 campuses and online programs. Additionally, Bartholomew will oversee shared services for all Adtalem higher education institutions.

  • As an executive physician, Danaher’s extensive experience in higher education, hospital systems and healthcare-focused businesses will add significant value to Adtalem’s medical and veterinary university programs and operations.

  • Paula Singer will continue to lead Walden University as President, managing the integration and growth of the institution. With more than 25 years of experience leading higher education, Singer’s proven ability to drive business growth by improving the end-to-end student experience and expanding access to programs and educational offerings will enable Adtalem to accelerate the execution of its workforce solutions strategy.

  • Bartholomew, Danaher and Singer will partner with the academic leadership of each institution to enhance and build strong partnerships with employers and clinics and pilot excellent academic programs designed to deliver excellent student outcomes.

  • steven tom, currently Chief Transformation Officer and Senior Vice President of Walden University, will be appointed Chief Client Officer of Adtalem. In this newly created role, Tom will partner with Adtalem institutions to optimize student experiences, develop differentiated learning offerings and solutions, help build strategic partnerships with employers, and harvest data and analytics to generate more value-added information across all corporate institutions. Prior to joining Adtalem, Tom led Walden’s digital transformation, customer experience, innovation and technology roadmap, in addition to overseeing student support operations and leading the development of college-wide online courses. Additionally, Chris Nash steps down as CIO and Tom assumes leadership of the information technology functions.

  • Jeff Tognola, Walden’s chief marketing officer (CMO) and senior vice president, business operations, will succeed Fernando Lau, Adtalem CMO, as interim Adtalem CMO while the company searches for a permanent manager. Throughout Tognola’s tenure at Walden, he led teams in product management, marketing, enrollment, business development, analytics, and operations to ensure superior student experiences and outcomes. Tognola has led the organization’s digital marketing transformation, new student recruitment, and global measurement capabilities for over 500 products in over 100 countries.

“These leadership changes will improve alignment with our strategic objectives and ultimately accelerate our performance,” said Stephen Beard, new CEO of Adtalem. “I thank Kathy, Chris and Fernando for their contributions. As we look to the future of Adtalem, I am confident in this team’s ability to drive operational excellence and deliver superior student outcomes.”

About Adtalem Global Education

Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a leading workforce solutions provider, partners with organizations in the healthcare and financial services industries to address critical workforce needs works by expanding access to education, certifications and development programs at scale. With a focus on delivering strong outcomes that increase workforce readiness, Adtalem empowers a diverse learner population to achieve their goals and make inspiring contributions to the global community. Adtalem is the parent organization of ACAMS, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain University, EduPristine, OnCourse Learning, School of Medicine from Ross University, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Walden University. Adtalem has more than 10,000 employees, a network of nearly 275,000 alumni and serves more than 82,000 members in 200 countries and territories. Adtalem was named one of America’s Most Responsible Companies 2021 by Newsweek and one of America’s Best Diversity Employers 2021 by Forbes. Follow Adtalem on Twitter (@adtalemglobal), LinkedIn or visit for more information.

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