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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

J. Kevin Gilligan

62 2010 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Steven Polacek

56 2010 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Richard Senese

2015 Interim President - Capella University

Peter Ramstad

58 2015 Chief Human Resource Officer, Senior Vice President

Renee Jackson

49 2014 Vice President, General Counsel

Sally Chial

53 2014 Vice President for Leadership, Coaching and Assessment

David Smith

70 Lead Independent Director

Stephen Shank

72 2010 Director

Rita Brogley

49 2014 Independent Director

Matthew Ferguson

49 2014 Independent Director

Michael Linton

58 2010 Independent Director

Michael Lomax

67 2010 Independent Director

Jody Miller

57 2003 Independent Director

Jeffrey Taylor

61 2002 Independent Director

Darrell Tukua

61 2004 Independent Director

Heide Erickson

Director of Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

J. Kevin Gilligan

Mr. J. Kevin Gilligan is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Capella Education Co. On February 23, 2010, he was appointed Chair of our Board of Directors. Mr. Gilligan was previously the chief executive officer of United Subcontractors, Inc., a nationwide construction services company, from 2004 until February 2009. United Subcontractors voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 31, 2009 and emerged from the bankruptcy proceedings on June 30, 2009. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Gilligan served as president and chief executive officer of the Automation and Control Solutions Group of Honeywell International, a diversified technology and manufacturing company. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Gilligan served as president of the Home and Building Control Division of Honeywell International. He also served as president of the Solutions and Services Division of Honeywell International from 1997 to 1999 and as vice president and general manager of the North American Region of the Home and Building Control Division from 1994 to 1997. Mr. Gilligan is a member of the board of directors for Graco Inc., a publicly held manufacturer and supplier of fluid handling equipment, and from September 2004 until February 2009 was a member of the board for ADC Telecommunications, Inc., a publicly held global supplier of network infrastructure. Mr. Gilligan earned a B.A. from Boston College.

Steven Polacek

Mr. Steven L. Polacek is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Capella Education Co. Prior to joining Capella, he served as senior vice president and chief financial officer at Hutchinson Technology Incorporated from March 2010 until September 2010, a publicly traded global technology leader supplying critical components to the disk drive industry and new technologies to improve the quality of health care. Previously, Mr. Polacek was senior vice president, chief administrative officer and chief financial officer at Minneapolis-based Opus Corporation from 2005 to 2009; served as partner from 2002 to 2005 with Deloitte & Touche LLP; and began his career with Arthur Andersen LLP in 1982, became partner in 1993, and was the managing partner of the Minneapolis office from 1995 to 2002. Mr. Polacek previously served on the board of directors for C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., from 2007 through 2010. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.

Richard Senese

Dr. Richard Senese has been appointed as Interim President of Capella University of the Company, effective November 16, 2015.

Peter Ramstad

Dr. Peter M. Ramstad is Chief Human Resource Officer and Senior Vice President of the Company. Prior to joining Capella, Dr. Ramstad was the Vice President of Human Resources and Business Development for The Toro Company, a global manufacturer of outdoor power equipment and irrigation systems, from January, 2008 to March 2015. In that role, he had responsibility for the Human Resources function as well as leading the M&A activities for Toro, both on a global basis. From November 2006 until January 2008 he was the Vice President of Strategic and Business Development with Toro. Prior to joining Toro, Dr. Ramstad held a variety of executive positions with Personnel Decisions International (PDI), an international assessment and leadership development firm that is now part of Korn Ferry International, including Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Strategy and Finance. During his sixteen year career at PDI (1990 - 2006), he worked on many research engagements and partnerships, participated as an executive education faculty member and co-published the book “Beyond HR” with John Boudreau, which was published by the Harvard Business School Press. Prior to joining PDI, Dr. Ramstad was with McGladrey and Pullen (now RSM), which he joined in 1981 and where he was a partner from 1985-1990. Dr. Ramstad is a Certified Public accountant (inactive) and received his B.S from the University of Minnesota in Math and Accounting.

Renee Jackson

Ms. Renee L. Jackson joined is Vice President and General Counsel of the Company. Ms. Jackson was the general counsel of The Dolan Company, a nationwide provider of business information and professional services, from 2010 until December 2014. The Dolan Company and certain of its subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for a prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US District Court for the District of Delaware on March 23, 2014. The company and its subsidiaries emerged from bankruptcy on June 12, 2014. From 2005 to 2010, Ms. Jackson served as associate general counsel of Fair Isaac Corporation, a leading analytics and software company serving companies worldwide in the financial, insurance, telecommunications and e-commerce industries. Before joining Fair Isaac Corporation, Ms. Jackson was a partner with Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, where she tried intellectual property and commercial cases and served as administrative partner of the firm's Minneapolis office. Ms. Jackson began her career at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in 1991. Ms. Jackson earned a B.S. from the University of Florida and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Sally Chial

Ms. Sally B. Chial is a Vice President for Leadership, Coaching and Assessment of Capella Education Co., effective April 7, 2014. She joined company in 2007 as Vice President of Human Resources. In 2009, she was appointed to Senior Vice President, Capella Experience, and during 2011, her title changed to Senior Vice President, Human Resources. She was previously a member of the senior leadership teams for organizational effectiveness and human resources at Cargill from 2004 to 2007 and served as one of the company’s lead human resource managers from 2001 to 2004. Ms. Chial earned a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis on human resources and finance from Metropolitan State University, and a Master of Arts in public administration, with an emphasis on human resources and organizational development, from Hamline University. She is a certified executive coach through the Hudson Institute.

David Smith

Mr. David W. Smith is Lead Independent Director of Capella Education Co. From 2000 to 2003, when he retired, Mr. Smith was the Chief Executive Officer of NCS Pearson, Inc. Mr. Smith was a member of the board of directors of Plato Learning, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed educational technology company, serving from 2004 until 2012. From 2004 to 2009, he served on the Board of Directors of Scientific Learning Corporation, a publicly traded company that provides education software. Mr. Smith earned a B.A. and an M.A. from Southern Illinois University, as well as an M.B.A. from the University of Iowa. He has extensive executive leadership experience in the education services industry and a strong background in strategic planning and operational matters.

Stephen Shank

Mr. Stephen George Shank is no longer Director of the Company, with effect from May 2017. Mr. Shank served as our Chief Executive Officer until March 2, 2009, and as our chairman until February 23, 2010. Mr. Shank served as a director of Capella University from 2006 to 2009 and from 1993 to 2003. Mr. Shank served as emeritus director of Capella University from 2003 to 2006. From 1979 to 1991, Mr. Shank was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tonka Corporation, a publicly held manufacturer of toys and games. Mr. Shank is a member of the Board of Directors of Tennant Company, a publicly held manufacturer of cleaning solutions. Mr. Shank earned a B.A. from the University of Iowa, an M.A. from the Fletcher School, a joint program of Tufts and Harvard Universities, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He has experience leading our company for almost 20 years, a deep understanding of our industry and a strong background in strategic planning.

Rita Brogley

Ms. Rita Brogley is Independent Director of the Company. Prior to joining MyBuys, from 2008 to 2011, Ms. Brogley was the CEO of Amadesa, a technology provider of website testing and optimization. From 2000 to 2002, she served as the President and CEO of Moxi Digital. Ms. Brogley served as Director of Business Development and Marketing Europe for Microsoft TV from 1997 to 2000 and was a management consultant with Bain and Company from 1995 to 1997. Ms. Brogley earned a B.S. from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Ms. Brogley is an experienced executive and entrepreneur in both early stage and large public companies, and she has extensive knowledge of strategy, eCommerce, marketing analytics and business development.

Matthew Ferguson

Mr. Matthew W. Ferguson is Independent Director of the Company. As CEO of CareerBuilder, Mr. Ferguson is currently the CEO of CareerBuilder, an online recruiting service and global human capital solutions company, a position he has held since 2004. Previously, he served as CareerBuilder’s Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Ferguson is a member of the board of directors for Echo Global, a publicly held provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services. Mr. Ferguson earned a B.A. from Indiana University, a J.D. from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Mr. Ferguson has extensive executive experience in dynamic, high-growth operating environments, and he has expertise in strategy, strategic business development and talent and workforce management.

Michael Linton

Mr. Michael A. Linton is an Independent Director of Capella Education Co. Mr. Linton is the enterprise chief marketing officer for Farmers Group, Inc., one of the largest personal lines insurance carriers in the U.S., a position he has held since October 2011. Mr. Linton served as the executive vice president, marketing for FMN Technologies, an early stage technology advertising start-up in Silicon Valley, from September 2010 to September 2011. From March 2009 to September 2010, Mr. Linton was a consultant, advisor and columnist for Forbes.com, an online business periodical. From December 2006 to March 2009, he served as senior vice president, chief marketing officer and as a general manager for eBay, an online marketplace. Previously he was the executive vice president, chief marketing officer for Best Buy Corporation, a specialty retailer of consumer-electronics and related products and services, from January 1999 to August 2006. Mr. Linton also served as a director on the board of Peet’s Coffee and Tea, a premier specialty coffee and tea company from March 2005 to October 2012 and as a director on the board of Support.com, a company providing online technology services from February 2010 through May 2014. He earned a Master of Business Administration from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina; and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Mr. Linton has extensive executive leadership experience and a strong background in marketing, brand development and digital businesses.

Michael Lomax

Dr. Michael L. Lomax is an Independent Director of Capella Education Co. Dr. Lomax is the president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, serving in this role since 2004. He previously served as president of Dillard University in New Orleans from 1997 to 2004. In addition, Dr. Lomax served as a director of Whitney Holding Corporation and Whitney National Bank from 2002 to 2011. He has also served on numerous boards of directors, including Emory University, Teach for America, The Council of Independent Colleges, The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and the KIPP Foundation, the Nation’s largest charter school network. Dr. Lomax earned a PhD in American and Afro-American Literature from Emory University in Atlanta, a Master of Arts in English Literature from Columbia University in New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta. Dr. Lomax has been a leader in the education field for over 30 years and has extensive experience with learning transformation, access and accountability.

Jody Miller

Ms. Jody G. Miller is an Independent Director of Capella Education Co. Ms. Miller serves as CEO of the Business Talent Group, a company providing independent professionals for project-based assignments, which she founded in 2007. From 2000 through 2007, Ms. Miller was a venture partner with Maveron LLC, a Seattle-based venture capital firm. From 1995 to 1999, Ms. Miller held various positions at Americast, a digital video and interactive services partnership, including as Acting President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President for Operations and Consultant. From 1993 to 1995, Ms. Miller served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President with the Clinton Administration. Ms. Miller is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unwanted Pregnancy, a not-for-profit program. In 2009, Ms. Miller joined the Board of Advisors for the Drucker Institute, an organization focused on stimulating effective management and responsible leadership. Since 2005, Ms. Miller has been serving as a member of the Board of Directors of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., an NYSE-listed global supplier of automotive components. Ms. Miller earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. She is an experienced executive and entrepreneur and has extensive experience in our industry, as well as a strong background in innovation, building businesses, corporate governance, talent management and strategic planning.

Jeffrey Taylor

Mr. Jeffrey W. Taylor is an Independent Director of Capella Education Co. Mr. Taylor retired from Pearson, plc, in July 2014, after serving as Senior Policy Advisor since June of 2012. Prior to that position, Mr. Taylor was Senior Vice President, U.S. Government Policy and Investor Relations, at Pearson plc from 2008 to 2012. He previously served as President of Pearson, Inc., the U.S. holding company of Pearson plc. From 1994 to 2000, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of National Computer Systems, an education testing and software company. Mr. Taylor was named trustee of Indiana State University in August 2014. Mr. Taylor earned a B.S. from Indiana State University. He has extensive executive leadership experience in the education services industry and a strong background in government relations and corporate finance.

Darrell Tukua

Mr. Darrell R. Tukua is an Independent Director of Capella Education Co. From 1988 to 2003, when he retired, Mr. Tukua was a Partner with KPMG LLP, a global provider of audit, tax and advisory services, which he joined in 1976. Since 2005, Mr. Tukua has served on the board of directors of MMIC Group (d/b/a Constellation), a mutual insurance holding company comprised of medical liability insurers, where he is also a member of the Audit & Budget, Investment and Governance Committees. Mr. Tukua served as a board observer for MMIC Group from 2004 to 2005. In addition, Mr. Tukua has served since 2005 as a member of the board of directors and Audit, Compensation and Nominating/Corporate Governance Committees of Gate City Bank, a retail and commercial bank. During 2004, Mr. Tukua was an advisory board member of Gate City Bank. Mr. Tukua also serves as a member of the board of directors of three non-profit organizations: Allina Health System, Ecumen and the National Association of Corporate Directors Minnesota Chapter. Mr. Tukua earned a B.S. from the University of South Dakota. He has extensive experience in finance, accounting, auditing, financial reporting and public company disclosure matters, as well as regulatory compliance, risk management and regulated industry matters.

Heide Erickson