Mark Griesbaum is a Senior Consultant for Burwood Group. He is Managing Partner of affinITy4U, LLC since November, 2014. affinITy4U, LLC is focused in the following key areas: IT Strategy/Vision Development, Operational Integration, Top Line Revenue Growth, and Executive Leadership Development. Mark’s background and experiences lend themselves to these key areas of expertise that can be put to excellent use for organizations. As a former CIO and COO in the Higher Education Industry, a summary of Mark’s career is outlined below:
Mark joined TCS Education System (TCSES) in 2010 as President of TCS Online Services. Mark’s progression through TCS increased with additional responsibilities during his four years serving the company. As Senior Vice President of Operations Mark oversaw Marketing, Admissions, International Services, Operational Integration, Information Technology, Online Learning course development and learning platform technology, Academic Operations, and Student Services for all of TCSES affiliates including The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Pacific Oaks College, Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law, Dallas Nursing Institute, and Saybrook University.
While at TCSES, Mark’s leadership enabled the company to grow top line revenue from $87 million to $140 million. He served as co-chair of the realignment effort in 2011 for organizational simplification, significantly transforming the use of Information Technology to enhance delivery of student services and learning systems. Mark created a student services unit that improved student retention and grew the online student population from 350 to more than 1,200 across all colleges. Additionally, Mark led system-wide operating reviews with each of the Colleges and developed a process for the successful integration of additional schools into TCSES. In all of his activities, Mark nurtured collaboration and diverse thinking.
Mark welcomes new challenges and encourages innovative thinking in advancing an institution’s mission. He is respected by colleagues for his commitment, professionalism, and willingness to undertake a variety of responsibilities to improve overall operations. Prior to joining TCSES, Mark was EVP and Chief Information Officer for Cardean Learning Group from 2008 – 2010. While at Cardean, Mark built a solid infrastructure framework across all operational departments that enabled Cardean to incorporate additional colleges into the portfolio.
Prior to Cardean, Mark was Chief Information Officer at Career Education Corporation from March 2000 – March 2008. Mark’s award-winning leadership was recognized by Computerworld Magazine, where he was recognized as one of Computerworld’s “Premier 100 IT Leaders 2006.” His appointment as CIO of Career Education Corporation marked his first position in the education industry. He led a staff of over 220 professionals that worked closely with the Presidents and staff at Career Education Corporation’s 80+ schools around the world. His group strategically put in place a common worldwide infrastructure, including a common set of business applications, and a focused competency on how to integrate new acquisitions, and start up schools into this fast paced growth company’s operation. During Mark’s tenure at CEC, top line revenue increased from $200 million to over $2.0 Billion.