Donald J. Trump
Chairman, Trump University
Chairman & President, The Trump Organization
Donald J. Trump is the chairman of Trump University, as well as the chairman and president of The Trump Organization. Mr. Trump is the archetypal businessman, a deal-maker without peer and an ardent philanthropist. He has continually set new standards of excellence while expanding his interests in real estate, world-class hotels, gaming, sports, and entertainment. He is personally involved in everything his name represents. This commitment has made him a world renowned figure, and the preeminent developer of quality real estate . His vast holdings include, among many others: Trump Tower, Trump Plaza, Trump Palace, and The Trump Building on Wall Street (home of Trump University).
Mr. Trump has authored a number of books, including: The Art of the Deal , The Art of the Comeback, How to Get Rich, The Way to the Top, The America We Deserve, and Think Like a Billionaire. He has a syndicated radio program that can be heard on more than 400 Clear Channel Radio stations; and he is the producer and star of the hugely popular television show, The Apprentice.
Mr. Trump is heavily involved in charitable activities, among them: he is chairman of the Donald J. Trump Foundation; and a member of the board of directors for the Police Athletic League and United Cerebral Palsy. Mr. Trump was named Developer of the Year by the Construction Management Association of America, and in 2000 the UJA Federation named him Hotel and Real Estate Visionary of the Century. Mr. Trump is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael W. Sexton
President & Co-founder
Michael W. Sexton is the president and co-founder of Trump University. In this role, Mr. Sexton is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company and managing its day-to-day operations. Prior to launching Trump University, Mr. Sexton was a partner with Par Three Ventures, an early-stage business development partnership. In that role, Mr. Sexton was instrumental in launching companies in the recruitment services, recruitment media, and print media industries. Mr. Sexton’s expertise is in launching and growing early stage ventures. He has been a member of the executive team and advisory board for a number of successful start-ups including an installation services provider and a human capital management software company.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Sexton spent eight years as a management consultant creating shareholder value for clients by developing and implementing leading edge growth and profit-improvement strategies. Most recently, Mr. Sexton was with Accenture in the firm’s Strategic Services practice in New York. While there, he led engagements for Fortune 1000 companies across a range of industries including retail, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, and transportation.
Mr. Sexton has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and a B.A. from Tufts University.
Chief Learning Officer
Roger Schank , Ph.D., is chief learning officer for Trump University. Dr. Schank is a preeminent researcher in the field of cognitive science specializing in how learning and memory work. He has applied his research in a variety of applications for universities, high schools, major corporations, and various government entities such as the U.S. Army and the EPA. His educational philosophy emphasizes learning by doing and the use of simulations to enable students to have experiences and to be able practice real skills.
Dr. Schank first came to prominence in the early 70’s, while an assistant professor at Stanford. He was the first researcher to program computers to process basic, typewritten sentences. He continued to do groundbreaking research in artificial intelligence, focusing on learning. While the head of computer science at Yale, he worked on understanding how human memory works and how people learn.
Dr. Schank’s subsequent research was based on his observations of the disparity between how people actually learn—rooted in the fundamental processes of memory—and how schools teach, i.e., putting a priority on acquiring new information about facts and events rather than improving and expanding students’ internal processes and abilities.
In 1989 Dr. Schank, working with Andersen Consulting, shifted his focus away from making computers smart to helping to make people smarter. He moved to Northwestern and established the Institute for the Learning Sciences (ILS). The ILS attracted a host major government and corporate sponsors. The basic premise behind the ILS was the creation of interesting learning environments that incorporate simulations, storytelling, role-playing, and other experiential methods. He retired from Northwestern as professor emeritus in 2000.
Dr. Schank has published hundreds of articles and more than 23 books, included the undisputed classic in the field, Dynamic Memory: A Theory of Reminding and Learning in Computers and People, and his most recent book: Lessons in Learning, e-Learning and Training. He is a graduate of Carnegie Tech, and has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas.
Chief Operating Officer
David Highbloom is the chief operating officer of Trump University. His responsibilities include budgeting and planning, new business development, human resources, and sales.
He has over fifteen years of experience running and growing successful organizations. Mr. Highbloom was president and chief operating officer of Human-i-Tees, Inc., a company he founded in 1990 with two partners and built into the dominant company in the direct marketing educational fundraising business. Human-i-Tees was the first company in ‘K-12’ educational fundraising to rely on database marketing and call centers instead of a field sales force. The firm had peak annual revenues of over $45,000,000, employed more than three hundred staff and worked with over half of the public and private schools in the United States. Human-i-Tees was successfully sold in 1999 and he went on the start the Highbloom Group where he developed business and marketing strategies for numerous companies, both public and private. Mr. Highbloom holds a BA in communications from Tulane University.
Greg Saunders, Ph.D. is the vice president, technology at Trump University, where he is responsible for all aspects of course creation and delivery. His main focus is on building user-friendly tools that allow designers to quickly create rich courses that include audio, video, and peer collaboration.
Prior to joining Trump University, Dr. Saunders was a senior learning scientist at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was responsible for developing technology to build courses and collaboration tools. Before that, he served as senior vice president of software engineering at Cognitive Arts, where he led the engineering department in the creation of tools and technologies for the development of web-based courseware. He was responsible for building a set of tools to create online courses for Columbia University, as well as building courses for Fortune 500 clients such as GE Capital. Before joining Cognitive Arts, Dr. Saunders served as an assistant research professor at Northwestern University's Institute for the Learning Sciences, where he developed technology for creating learning-by-doing simulations. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science and a B.S. in Mathematics from Ohio State University.
Vice President, Course Development
Robert Kaeding is vice president, course development at Trump University. He is responsible for the design and development of online courses. His focus is on creating content-rich courses that provide students with the opportunity to practice new skills in a safe environment before trying their hands in the real world.
Prior to joining Trump University, Mr. Kaeding was a learning solutions architect at Cognitive Arts, where he worked with Fortune 500 clients to design solutions ranging from individual e-learning modules to organizational learning strategies. Before that, he was vice president of course development at Columbia Interactive, a joint venture between Cognitive Arts and Columbia University. There, he led the production of online university-level courses in physics, psychology, and ESL in conjunction with faculty from Columbia University. Prior to working at Columbia Interactive, he led the production of e-learning courses for corporate clients as a project director at Cognitive Arts. Before that, he was a content analyst and computer programmer at the Institute for the Learning Sciences (ILS) at Northwestern University. At ILS he helped create large learning-by-doing simulations and other computer-based courses that relied on more experimental approaches to learning. He has a BA in philosophy from the University of Michigan.