October 4th, 2011
IRVINE, CA. International Education Corporation (IEC), a leading national provider of career education and operator of UEI College and United Education Institute (UEI), has announced the appointment of George P. Harbison as Chief Financial Officer.
Harbison is an experienced senior-level executive in the postsecondary education sector, having served as Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Education Corporation from 2003 until 2008, at which time it was sold to DeVry, Inc. for $290 million. In early 2010, he was named to the position of Chief Financial Officer of DeVry's $550 million Healthcare Group, where he helped manage Carrington Colleges Group, Chamberlain College of Nursing, and DeVry Medical International (consisting of Ross University School of Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, and American University of the Caribbean). Before entering the postsecondary education space in 2003, Harbison served as Chief Financial Officer of London-based Hilton Group PLC's U.S. gaming division (Ladbroke USA) and at El Torito Restaurants/Acapulco Restaurants.
Harbison earned his Master of Business Administration (with honors) in accounting and finance from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics (with honors) from Kenyon College in Ohio.
"After a long and exhaustive national search, my fellow members of our Board of Directors and I are pleased to have attracted to IEC an experienced CFO of George's caliber, national reputation and credibility," said Dr. Fardad Fateri, IEC's President and Chief Executive Officer.
"I am thrilled to be joining Fardad and his exceptional team at IEC," said Harbison. "IEC is a nationally recognized leader in its sector, and its upbeat culture is one that is absolutely focused on, and committed to, positively changing the lives of its students."
"As part of our succession planning process executed over the last few years, we have appointed George to this critical role to continue the strong financial leadership in this post, previously held by our now Chief Operating Officer, Janis Paulson," said Fateri. "Because of our accelerated growth in the past few years, this key addition to our top management team will continue to help us build the operating platform to enhance our ability to scale and standardize in support of our growth and quality initiatives."
About International Education Corporation
Headquartered in Irvine, California, and named as one of the fastest growing corporations on Inc. 500, IEC is a premier national provider of postsecondary career education offering top quality programs in high demand verticals such as healthcare, business, technology, transportation, and criminal justice. IEC is the parent company of UEI College and United Education Institute. UEI College has 13 campuses conveniently located in California. United Education Institute has 2 campuses located in Florida and Georgia.
For more information about programs offered at UEI College and United Education Institute or to enroll in one of the campuses, please call 1-800-DIAL-UEI or visit www.uei.edu
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