Orbis Education Appoints Marc Konesco New Senior Vice President of Operations

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Konesco will direct and coordinate efforts to continue corporate growth

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Orbis Education, a national educational services provider focused on nursing education, announced today that Marc Konesco has joined Orbis as Senior Vice President of Operations and will be based out of the Orbis Education corporate offices in Indianapolis. Konesco will be responsible for efficiently managing the growth of Orbis Education-affiliated nursing programs.

“We are very happy that Marc has joined the Orbis team,” said Daniel J. Briggs, Chief Executive Officer of Orbis Education said. “Marc’s background in higher education and strong experience in student recruitment and marketing will bring a new perspective to our company that will help us continue our aggressive expansion. We believe Marc will be a great asset to our company as we work to achieve continuous operational improvement in all areas of our business”

Prior to coming to Orbis Education, Konesco spearheaded growth at Harrison College, serving in multiple positions including Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Marketing/Enrollment and Executive Director. He led operations, enrollment and marketing for the College’s 15 campuses in Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina, as well as an online program involving students in 46 states and 6 countries. During his tenure, Harrison College doubled its student population to over 6,000 students and increased the number of campuses by eight.

Prior to working at Harrison College, Konesco worked at Hamilton Beach Brands in various roles inclusive of marketing, business development and sales. As Product Manager of the mixed beverage division, he led a cross-functional team with representatives from manufacturing, supply chain, engineering, quality, industrial design, purchasing and finance. While at Hamilton Beach Brands, he launched over 30 new products and increased revenue by $35M.

“I am very excited to join a company like Orbis Education that has proven the viability of its concept and is in a position for explosive growth,” said Konesco. “Orbis is very well positioned to provide growth enablement solutions in nursing education that will help alleviate a growing national shortage of Registered Nurses.”

“Additionally, the focus on quality increased my interest in Orbis. This is evidenced by am extremely high pass rate on the NCLEX exam for students in Orbis-partnered programs.”

As Senior Vice President of Operations, Konesco will manage the operations of the company by directing and coordinating efforts consistent with established goals and objectives to attain the growth and profit metrics.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 1 million nursing positions will go unfilled by 2020. There is a growing concern about the increased number of patients per nurse and the impact of that on patient care and mortality, particularly in light of healthcare reform and an aging U.S. population. In addition, by 2012, the average age of registered nurses is expected to be 45 years, with nurses in their 50s expected to comprise the largest segment of the nursing workforce.

About Orbis Education

Founded in 2003, Orbis Education creates, markets, and manages collaborative nursing education solutions that help alleviate nursing shortages for hospitals and healthcare systems. Orbis Education enables the growth of existing nursing programs by pairing an academic institution with a healthcare system to offer a Board of Nursing-approved, accredited accelerated bachelor’s degree in nursing (ABSN) program. The academic institution provides the curriculum and certain support services such as admissions and financial aid, and the healthcare system provides the clinical rotations. In addition to marketing and student recruitment, Orbis Education’s role is to migrate the academic institution’s traditional, on-campus curriculum onto an online platform, and maintain and develop the technology infrastructure for online delivery of its programs. For more information, visit the company’s website.

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