The DeVry University Board of Trustees is composed of seven leaders in business and academia who act as the institutional and governing body for DeVry University, overseeing academic, operational and financial policies.

The mission of the DeVry University Board of Trustees is to foster student learning through high-quality, career-oriented education, in order to prepare students to excel in a changing and increasingly competitive career landscape.

To learn more about the members of the DeVry University Board of Trustees, please click on a biography listed below.

James Bartholomew

President, DeVry University
James Bartholomew joined DeVry University in 2014 as the chief operations officer and became the president in 2017. As chief executive of the university, he is responsible for establishing strategic direction in support of DeVry’s purpose: to empower its students to achieve their educational and career goals.  read more >

F. Willis (Bill) Caruso, Jr.

Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, Adtalem Global Education
With more than 25 years of experience practicing law, Bill Caruso has expertise in supporting the legal needs of organizations in highly regulated industries. As chief risk officer for Adtalem Global Education (ATGE), he is responsible for building and continuously improving the organization’s strategic risk management function, including ensuring maintenance of world-class global internal audits, information governance and information security functions. He sets the strategic risk management vision of ATGE with the goal of implementing controls that reduce, transfer or mitigate significant risks to the organization.
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Barbara Higgins

Chief Customer Officer

Barbara Higgins has nearly 30 years of experience in multi-channel operations, market research, brand management and leadership. Her experience includes managing operations across diverse cultures in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. 

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Grace Ng

Former Director of Portfolio Investments, The Dow Chemical Company

Grace Ng is the former director of portfolio investments at The Dow Chemical Company, where she was responsible for the global investment oversight and strategic design of the defined contribution plans with assets totaling about $8 billion.

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Richard L. Rodriguez

CEO, Acero Schools

Richard L. Rodriguez is the CEO of Acero Schools, one of the largest and highest performing public charter school networks in Chicago. With 15 schools serving nearly 7,800 K-12 students across the city, Acero partners with students, families and colleagues to cultivate achievement, community, excellence, resilience, and optimism at all network schools. 

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Newton Walpert

Senior Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Sales, HP Inc.

Newt Walpert is the senior vice president and general manager of HP’s U.S. Sales spanning the Fortune 1,000 customer segment for personal systems, and the public sector and commercial segments for print and personal systems. 

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