PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 3, 2013–

Synergis Education, one of the fastest growing providers of premier educational services for nonprofit colleges and universities, is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Gleason to the post of chief operating officer. Gleason assumes the lead operational role just after Synergis completed a $33M Series A financing in September. His leadership will further enable the company to partner with an expanding list of universities to fund, build and grow high quality academic programs for non-traditional students.

“We are very excited to now have the leadership and experience Paul brings to our company,” said Synergis CEO and co-founder Norm Allgood. “He will increase our ability to build open, trust-based relationships with leading university partners.”

Prior to joining Synergis, Gleason served as the COO of Pearson Embanet, leading operations while the company grew from $40 million to over $120 million in revenue over five years. Gleason oversaw operations, daily P&L management, and executive level client relationships for the organization, working with some of the country’s most prominent universities to launch and grow more than 100 fully online programs.

With a decade and a half of higher education leadership experience, Gleason brings extensive academic operations and instructional technology development experience to his role serving leading institutions.

“Synergis has an unwavering commitment to delivering superior learning outcomes for students,” said Gleason. “I look forward to working in concert with current and new university partners to build high quality innovative programs that reflect the culture, values and expertise of each institution.”

Gleason received his master’s and doctorate degrees in education from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. While pursuing his doctoral studies, he served as an instructor with Vanderbilt’s undergraduate human and organizational development program, teaching organization theory and behavior. He completed his M.A. and B.A. at Wheaton College in Illinois.


Synergis is a premium, full-service provider of educational services designed for college and university leaders who are not satisfied with the status quo. It assists its partner institutions in gaining regional prominence, enrollment growth, and overall sustainability through continual improvement and best practices. Synergis is unique among education services providers in that it is positioned to work with the entire adult higher education market, through online, face-to-face, and/or blended academic programs.

Synergis Education
Rachel Magana, 480-426-7652