Dean M. Gouin
Alta Colleges, Inc.
For nearly two decades, Dean M. Gouin, President and CEO of Alta Colleges, Inc., has devoted his career to leading technical and career-focused private-sector educational institutions to success through strategic planning, relationship-building and sound financial decision-making.
Before becoming president and CEO, Mr. Gouin held a number of roles at Alta Colleges, beginning in 1996 when he joined Alta as president of Colorado Aero Tech, a proprietary technical aviation maintenance school. There he was responsible for managing a turnaround of the institution, returning the college to financial health and deploying a strategic plan with a focus on rapid growth. Three years later, Mr. Gouin oversaw the purchase of two additional aviation schools and established Westwood College of Aviation Technology as the largest provider of aviation maintenance training in the U.S.
Mr. Gouin has held multiple leadership roles at Alta, including Regional Vice President, with responsibility for a portfolio of campuses in both the aviation and technology sectors, and Division President, with responsibility for all on-ground campuses. He has also held a number of corporate responsibilities during his tenure, including leading human resources, financial aid, career development services, marketing, student services and new campus expansion.
Today, Alta Colleges is the parent organization for 14 Westwood College campuses, Westwood College Online and Redstone College. As president and CEO, Mr. Gouin has gained recognition for responding to political and economic challenges faced by the career college sector and developing strategic plans that have refocused the organization and zeroed in on the opportunities in the current employment environment.
Prior to joining Alta Colleges, Mr. Gouin honed his financial and strategic leadership skills at major financial institutions Central Bancorporation and First Western Bancorp, in roles varying from loan officer to senior vice president, and as a consultant with Deloitte & Touche.
He serves as a board member for the Colorado Association of Career Colleges and Schools, an organization that fosters high educational standards, sound policies and ethical business practices in the private trade, technical and business school fields. The organization also responds to private sector-related legislative matters to ensure that students of such schools are represented in policy-making efforts.
Mr. Gouin holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Colorado and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two sons.
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