SCRANTON, PA (April 5, 2016) — Penn Foster, a leader in career-focused online and blended learning solutions for today’s workforce, today named Heather McAllister as general counsel and corporate secretary, with overall responsibility for Penn Foster’s legal, compliance and governance matters.
McAllister is now also a member of the executive management team that sets strategic direction for the company. The announcement was made by Frank Britt, president and CEO, Penn Foster, to whom McAllister reports.
Most recently, McAllister was vice president, legal and compliance of K12 Inc. (LRN) where she counseled the $900 million education technology company on litigation, transaction governance and regulatory matters that confront a high-growth business in a highly regulated industry. McAllister also served as chair of K12’s Legal Compliance and Ethics Committee and as chief compliance officer for the school's management business.
Prior to K12, Heather served as counsel for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and worked for law firms based in Washington D.C. and New York City, respectively.
“Heather McAllister has a strong and proven record in effectively promoting strategic business goals in a variety of sectors, including education, with deep expertise in high school,” said Britt. “Penn Foster seeks to set the standard for compliance in the industry, and Heather has been successful at building and administering robust compliance and governance programs, creating corporate processes and procedures, and implementing best practices to create an ethical and compliant culture focused on student value and outcomes.”
“I’m excited to join the Penn Foster team, and be part of an organization with a long history, committed to operating with the highest levels of compliance and delivering superior outcomes for our students,” said McAllister.
McAllister earned a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and a MBA from The George Washington University. She has been a frequent speaker on legal, compliance and governance issues at a variety of conferences and firms, and has lectured at Georgetown Law School.
About Penn Foster
Students, employers and partner organizations rely on Penn Foster to build the skills and knowledge to power the 21st century workforce. For over 125 years, Penn Foster has been dedicated to helping people lead more meaningful and productive lives and to improving social outcomes through education. Penn Foster provides career pathways for opportunity youth and adult learners through diverse and affordable online diploma, certificate and degree programs, offered via its high school, career school and college. With more than 30,000 graduates each year, Penn Foster’s online and blended learning programs are delivered in a self-paced, competency-based model wrapped by comprehensive academic, professional and personal support and coaching. For more information, visit http://www.pennfoster.edu.