The following members make up the Universal Technical Institute, Inc. Board of Directors. Please select an individual member below to learn more about them and the committees they contribute to.
Robert T. DeVincenzi
Robert T. DeVincenzi has served as a director on our Board of Directors since April 2017 and has served as the Chairman of our Board of Directors since September 2017. In addition, Mr. DeVincenzi has served as a nonexecutive member of the Board of Directors of Redflex Holdings Limited, which focuses on road, vehicle and pedestrian safety products and services, and as Chairman of the Risk and Compliance Committee since 2014. From 2012 to 2014, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Redflex Holdings Limited. Additionally, Mr. DeVincenzi is a principal partner in Lupine Ventures, a business advisory firm that provides strategic consulting and corporate development advisory services, since 2014. Mr. DeVincenzi has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics at California State University, Monterey Bay since 2014. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. DeVincenzi served as President and Chief Executive Officer of LaserCard Corporation, a global biometric identification systems business. Prior to his position at LaserCard Corporation, Mr. DeVincenzi held positions in a variety of high technology enterprises, including Solectron, Inc., Inkra Networks Inc. and Ignis Optics Inc. Mr. DeVincenzi served on the Board of IBIS Healthcare from January 2015 to May 2017. Mr. DeVincenzi received a Master of Arts degree from Gonzaga University in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, San Luis Obispo and has completed various executive education programs at Duke University, Northwestern University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. DeVincenzi is a certified public company director (ACCD) and has completed Directors College at Stanford University. Mr. DeVincenzi brings to the Board significant business leadership and strategy development experience as well as public company board expertise. Mr. DeVincenzi qualifies as an audit committee financial expert under SEC guidelines.
David A. Blaszkiewicz
David A. Blaszkiewicz has served as a director on our Board of Directors since December 2011. Mr. Blaszkiewicz has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Invest Detroit, a leading economic development organization, and its predecessor companies since November 2014 and as President of Invest Detroit since 2001. Mr. Blaszkiewicz served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Downtown Detroit Partnership, Inc., a private/public partnership of corporate and civic leaders engaged in key community revitalization efforts, from February 2011 to June 2014. In addition, Mr. Blaszkiewicz currently serves on the board of a number of non-profit organizations, including the National New Markets Tax Credit Coalition, Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority, M-1 RAIL, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and Detroit Community Loan Fund. Mr. Blaszkiewicz also served as Director of Finance and Secretary/Treasurer of Detroit Renaissance, Inc., an organization of CEOs now known as Business Leaders for Michigan, from 1994 through 2001. Mr. Blaszkiewicz received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Wayne State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University. Mr. Blaszkiewicz brings to the Board significant financial, commercial real estate and development expertise as well as municipal and private investment experience.
George W. Brochick
George Brochick has served as a director on our Board of Directors since 2020. Mr. Brochick has served as Executive Vice President - Strategic Development at Penske Automotive Group (PAG) since July 2012, and has held various executive positions since joining the company in 1996. In addition to his current executive functions, Mr. Brochick has held numerous dealership general manager positions throughout his automotive career. Previously, Mr. Brochick served as Vice President, Operations, for Southwest Kenworth, Inc. from 1977 to 1984 and also held the position of Director, Marketing Services, for Euclid, Inc., a division of Daimler-Benz, A.G. Mr. Brochick serves as a Board member of the Duke University Board of Visitors and has served as a Board Member of the American International Automobile Dealers Association. Mr. Brochick brings to the Board extensive knowledge and experience in the automotive retail industry in addition to high-level connections throughout the transportation industry.
Jerome A. Grant
Jerome A. Grant has served as a director on our Board of Directors since 2019. Mr. Grant joined Universal Technical Institute as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in November 2017 and was named Chief Executive Officer in November 2019. He served as Senior Vice President-Chief Services Officer for McGraw-Hill Corporation from June 2015 to April 2017. Prior to that, he served for more than 14 years at Pearson Education, Inc., where he had multiple executive roles including President - Business and Technology, Vice President - Digital Product Management and Vice President - Technology Strategy. Mr. Grant received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Labor Relations and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He brings to the Board more than two decades of executive leadership experience in post-secondary education, including digital strategy, strategic partnerships, marketing and technology.
LTG (R) William J. Lennox, Jr.
Lieutenant General William J. Lennox, Jr. (USA Ret.) has served as a director on our Board of Directors since January 2014. Mr. Lennox has served as Chief Executive Officer of Lennox Strategies, LLC, a consulting company and personal business venture, since 2012. Mr. Lennox served as President of Saint Leo University from July 2015 to June 2018. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Lennox served as Senior Vice President-Washington, D.C., for Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 aerospace firm. Prior to his position at Goodrich Corporation, Mr. Lennox served approximately 35 years in the United States Army, culminating as Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Lennox received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Literature from Princeton University. Mr. Lennox’s exceptional military career and his expertise in developing and managing strategic relationships between the private sector and government entities brings a unique set of experiences and capabilities to the Board.
Kimberly J. McWaters
Kimberly J. McWaters has served as a director on our Board of Directors since 2005. Ms. McWaters served as Universal Technical Institute’s Chief Executive Officer from 2003 until her retirement in 2019. Ms. McWaters joined UTI in 1984 and held several executive positions, including Vice President of Marketing and Admissions. She was named President in 2000, CEO in 2003 and served as our Chairman from 2013 to 2017. Ms. McWaters has served as a director of Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: PAG) since 2004. She is member of its audit committee and chair of its nominating and governance committee. For 6 years, until June 30, 2020, McWaters served on the board of directors for Mobile Mini, Inc. (NASDAQ: MINI). During her tenure, she served on its audit and compensation committees. On July 1, 2020, McWaters joined the board of directors for WillScot Mobile Mini Holdings, Corp. (NASDAQ: WSC) and is a member of its audit and related party transaction committees. McWaters currently serves as chair of the executive board for Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Ms. McWaters received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. As a long-time executive of UTI, Ms. McWaters brings to the Board a deep understanding of the organization and experience in the post-secondary technical education services industry. Ms. McWaters qualifications to sit on our board include her skills in general management, business development, sales and marketing leadership and regulatory compliance, as well as her experience as a director for public companies.
Christopher S. Shackelton
Christopher S. Shackelton has served as a director on our Board of Directors since June 2016. Mr. Shackelton is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Coliseum Capital Management, LLC. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Providence Service Corp. since November 2012 and been on its board of directors since July 2012. Mr. Shackelton has also served as a director of BioScrip, Inc. since March 2015, and as a director of a number of privately held companies. Previously, he was Chairman of Rural/Metro Corp, from December 2010 to June 2011 and served on the boards of Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. from July 2014 to June 2016, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., from February 2009 through March 2010, and LHC Group, Inc., from November 2012 to August 2017. Prior to these positions, Mr. Shackelton worked at Watershed Asset Management and Morgan Stanley & Co. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Yale University. Mr. Shackelton brings to the Board significant financial, investing, and accounting experience in addition to his experience serving on the boards of other public companies.
Linda J. Srere
Linda J. Srere has served as a director on our Board of Directors since 2005. Ms. Srere is a marketing and advertising consultant. From January 2000 to November 2001, she served as President of Young & Rubicam Advertising, a worldwide advertising network. From September 1998 to January 2000, Ms. Srere served as Vice Chairman and Chief Client Officer of Young & Rubicam Inc. (“Y&R”). From January 1997 to September 1998, she served as President and CEO of Y&R’s New York office. Ms. Srere joined Y&R in September 1994 as Executive Vice President and Director of Business Development. Ms. Srere served as the Chairman of advertising agency Earle Palmer Brown New York from 1992 to 1994, and served as President of advertising agency Rosenfeld, Sirowitz, Humphrey & Strauss from 1990 to 1992. For 11 years, until July 2012, Ms. Srere was a director of Electronic Arts Inc. During her tenure, she served on its compensation and its nominating and governance committees. Ms. Srere also served as a director of aQuantive, Inc., which was sold to Microsoft in 2007. She currently sits on the Investor and Executive Council of DCubed Group, a private market investment firm. Ms. Srere also serves on the Advisory Board of SOS Method, a meditation technology platform. Ms. Srere brings to the Board marketing, strategic and business leadership skills from her career in marketing and advertising.
Kenneth R. Trammell
Kenneth R. Trammell has served as a director on our Board of Directors since June 2011. Mr. Trammell served as an Executive Vice President of Tenneco Inc., a publicly traded manufacturer of vehicle components and systems, from January 2006 until his retirement in December 2018, as the Chief Financial Officer from September 2003 until June 2018, and as Controller from 1997 through 2003. He also returned to Tenneco as Interim Chief Financial Officer from April 2020 to September 2020. Prior to joining Tenneco in 1996, Mr. Trammell spent 12 years with the international public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Trammell received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Houston. Mr. Trammell has significant business experience in the original equipment and aftermarket automotive parts industry for more than 20 years. He also has considerable experience in financial reporting, accounting, internal controls, capital markets transactions, investor relations and operations finance. Mr. Trammell qualifies as an audit committee financial expert under SEC guidelines.
Loretta L. Sanchez
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez joined our Board of Directors in May 2021. She served in Congress from 1997 to 2017 as a Democrat from California’s 46th Congressional District, representing Orange County. One of her key priorities was ensuring access to all types of higher education, including career and technical skills training. While in Congress, she served on the Education and Labor Committee, Armed Services Committee, and as a ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies. Ms. Sanchez is currently chief executive officer of Datamatica LLC, a consulting, data analytics and messaging firm that focuses on local, state, and federal issues and campaigns. She graduated from Chapman University with a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics and she holds an MBA from American University in Washington, DC. Ms. Sanchez is currently a public member of the Career Education Colleges and Universities Board of Directors (CECU) and also is a Trustee at Chapman University in Orange CA. Congresswoman Sanchez brings to the Board her political experience and expertise, including significant experience in education.