Listed below is the senior management team at Universal Technical Institute, Inc. To view members of the Board of Directors and various committees, please visit our Corporate Governance section.
Chief Executive Officer
Jerome A. Grant was named Chief Executive Officer in November 2019. He joined Universal Technical Institute as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in November 2017. Grant has more than two decades of executive leadership experience in post-secondary education, including digital strategy, strategic partnerships, marketing and technology. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Chief Services Officer with McGraw-Hill Education, Inc. and served in multiple executive roles with Pearson Education, Inc. Grant holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Labor Relations and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Troy R. Anderson joined Universal Technical Institute as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in September 2019. Anderson has more than 25 years of experience in financial strategy and leadership and has held senior level-roles with leading companies in the services and technology sectors. Most recently, he was Vice President, Global Finance and Corporate Controller for Conduent, Inc., and prior to that served in several financial roles for Xerox, Inc. including Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for their Public Sector Industry Group and Director of Investor Relations. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland, as well as Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting, Business Administration and Finance from Salisbury University.
Executive Vice President of Campus Operations & Services
Sherrell E. Smith has served as our Executive Vice President of Campus Operations & Services since April 2018. He was Executive Vice President of Admissions and Operations from 2015 to 2018, and Senior Vice President, Operations from 2012 to 2015. During his previous tenure with Universal Technical Institute, from 1986 to 2009, Sherrell held several positions, including Campus President, Regional Vice President of Operations, Senior Vice President of Operations and Education and Executive Vice President of Operations. Prior to his return to UTI, he advised a private equity firm on acquisition opportunities in the education field and served as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Technology. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Arizona State University.
Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer
Todd A. Hitchcock joined Universal Technical Institute as Senior Vice President – Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer (CSTO) in January 2020.Hitchcock has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the education sector and as President of Red Leaf Advising, a higher education consulting company, he had been advising UTI for more than two years before formally joining the company. Prior to that, Hitchcock served as Chief Operating Officer of Pearson Embanet, as Senior Vice President for Pearson Learning Solutions, and as Vice President of Florida Virtual School’s Global Services division. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick, a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of New Brunswick, and Academic Administration Credentials from the University of Toronto and York University.
Todd has served on the Board of Directors of both the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL.)
Senior Vice President, Admissions
Eric A. Severson has served as our Senior Vice President of Admissions since July 2018. Prior to his current role, he spent more than 20 years with Pearson, the market leader in developing tools, content, technology products and services for the education industry, most recently as executive vice president, Higher Education Sales. In that role, he directed a sales force of more than 800 representatives, expanded Pearson's presence in key markets, and drove meaningful increases in revenue and market share. Eric has held a number of other senior leadership roles with Pearson and, prior to that, led sales teams with educational publisher, Prentice Hall. He received his Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Lori B. Smith has served as our Senior Vice President – Chief Information Officer since January 2020. She has been with UTI for 25 years and has held a number of leadership positions across several functional areas. She most recently served as Vice President, Business Intelligence and Compliance from 2016 to 2020. Lori has also served as Controller, Vice President of Student Services and Vice President of Financial Aid/Student Services. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Black Hills State University.
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer
Christopher E. Kevane joined Universal Technical Institute in March 2020 as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer. Kevane has more than 20 years of legal and executive experience, representing both publicly traded and private, equity-backed organizations. Prior to joining UTI, he was Chief Legal Officer for Centauri Health Solutions, one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing private healthcare IT services companies. In addition, he has served as the senior legal officer for Rural/Metro Corporation and practiced with the international law firm of Squire Patton Boggs, focusing on capital markets initiatives. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Juris Doctor degree from Arizona State University.
Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
Bart H. Fesperman joined Universal Technical Institute in August of 2020 as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. He has more than 25 years of experience in designing and leading large-scale, direct sales and marketing programs, and has helped drive significant growth and profitability for a variety of B2C brands. Most recently, he was Chief Commercial Officer for International Cruise & Excursions, Inc., where he led sales, marketing, account operations, and product and business development for more than 50 of the company’s global clients, including such brands as American Express, USAA, and Marriott. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri.
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Sonia C. Mason joined Universal Technical Institute in July 2020 as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. She brings to the role more than 20 years of experience in human resources, benefits, employee relations and labor relations management, and has held leadership roles in the retail, manufacturing, restaurant, and healthcare sectors. Most recently, she led Human Resources for Mesa Airlines, a regional airline. Mason earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute.