Robert King Awarded Honorary Degree from Benedictine University

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Online Learning Pioneer Honored for Career Achievements in Education and Technology.

Rasmussen, Inc. is a post-secondary educational services organization delivering Master’s, Bachelor’s, Associate’s, and Doctoral degree programs through its network of 21 campuses and partnerships with 15 leading universities

It is a tremendous honor to receive this degree from a university and global campus as esteemed as Benedictine University

Rasmussen, Inc., congratulates Chairman Robert E. King, Sr., who was recognized for his career achievements in education and technology with an honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree from Benedictine University at its 117th commencement convocation on Sunday, May 16. The honorary degree from Benedictine University recognizes King’s extensive work promoting access to education through technology and his role as a pioneer in the development of online learning.

“In my tenure as president at Benedictine University, we have given few honorary degrees. They are awarded only to those individuals who live Benedictine values and who are role models for our students,” President of Benedictine University Dr. William Carroll said. “Robert King exemplifies these qualities as a person of the highest values, a ground breaker in the field of on-line education, and a very special person. He is a truly good man, well deserving of this honor. I am proud to know Bob and call him my friend.”

King has devoted his career to building businesses that integrate technology and education. He is currently chairman of Rasmussen, Inc., a premier provider of online and on-campus education through two divisions, Rasmussen College, a private, regionally accredited college with 21 campuses in five states, and Deltak, a company that provides a comprehensive set of services to support colleges and universities offering fully online programs.

"It is a tremendous honor to receive this degree from a university and global campus as esteemed as Benedictine University," King said. "Benedictine University is a pioneer in the use of technology to create a worldwide campus, and I accept this honor on behalf of the thousands of individuals who have worked tirelessly with me over the years to improve access to education through these means."

In addition to Rasmussen, Inc., King has lent his expertise to the formation of numerous other companies with a focus on extending technology to education and training for nearly four decades. From 1970 to 1981, he was chairman, president and CEO of Deltak, Inc., an early pioneer in the development and use of self-instructional multimedia systems and computer-based instructional multimedia systems to deliver training to major corporate clients worldwide.

From 1983 to 1994, King served as chairman, president and CEO of The Newtrend Group, a software and computer services company serving the financial industry. From 1996 to 2004, he was executive chairman of Collegis, Inc., a provider of technology services to the higher education sector. And in 2001, King led the formation of Eduprise, Inc., an early entrant in the development of software, services, and processes used by large public and private universities to deliver online curriculum.

King has contributed corporate leadership and has served on the boards of directors for Deltak, Inc., The Newtrend Group, Collegis, Eduprise, Premier System Integrators, Sullivan Graphics, American Floral Services, SunGard Data Systems, DeVry and Sunrise Medical.

Numerous education and environment organizations have also benefited greatly from King’s philanthropic endeavors. He currently serves on the boards of Benedictine University, the Academy of Urban School Leadership, the African Wildlife Foundation, and Northwestern University Wildcat Athletics Venture Enterprise Fund (NU/WAVE). He previously served on the boards of Art Resources in Teaching and the Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and as an advisor to Frontenac Venture Company and Chase Capital Partners. King is currently a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, whose mission is to promote the social and economic vitality of the City of Chicago.

After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in business in 1957, King began his career with IBM, where he held a number of sales and management positions. He was district manager in the Midwest when he resigned in 1969 to form his own company. King has been a periodic guest lecturer at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at the University of California Business School.

ABOUT BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 50 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate programs, a Ph.D. in Organization Development and an Ed.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (eighth in Illinois) for Master’s Universities, 11th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and as a Top School for International Students, Freshmen Retention and Graduation Rate for 2010 by U.S. News & World Report.

ABOUT RASMUSSEN, INC.:
Rasmussen, Inc. is a post-secondary educational services organization delivering Master’s,
Bachelor’s, Associate’s, and Doctoral degree programs through its network of 21 campuses and partnerships with 15 leading universities. Rasmussen serves more than 20,000 students in 50 states and five countries through its two divisions—Rasmussen College and Deltak.
The Company is privately held and has more than 1200 employees. For more information on
Rasmussen, Inc., please visit our website at http://www.RasmussenInc.com. Rasmussen has offices in Chicago, Orlando, Denver, and the Twin Cities, and campuses in 5 Midwest and Southeast states.

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