Built by Educators
for Education

Expertise & Commitment
that Spans Decades

We’ve spent a long time learning about the challenges you face. Improving education is all we do. We can help you solve the big challenges and get to better results.



Our founders have led and taught in colleges and universities, built successful ed-tech companies, and championed education innovation in all of their work. They have been leaders in the movement for student access and success. They came together in 2011 to bring their expertise to bear on creating a new model for student success – one founded on data, insights, action and continuous learning. The team they built represents top-tier talent in education and data science.





Charles Thornburgh

Founder, CEO
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Dr. Mark Milliron

Co-Founder, Chief Learning Officer
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Listen to this inspiring podcast interview “Force Multiplier: How to Exponentially Expand your Efforts” to learn how one unique woman in the 1900s inspired generations to follow, including her great grandson, our CEO Charles Thornburgh.



Alex Victoria

Chief Technology Officer

Prior to joining Civitas, Alex was most recently Global VP, Mobile Product Development at HomeAway, where he led the mobile apps product, design and engineering efforts.

Laura Malcolm

Senior VP, Outcomes & Strategy

Laura drives our product vision and user-interface design. With us since launch, she is a two-time CODiE Award recipient for product design and has held executive leadership roles developing innovative ed-tech products.

Dave Kil

Chief Data Scientist

Dave is the Chief Data Scientist at Civitas Learning overseeing the development of insight and action analytics, leveraging salient concepts from multiple disciplines.

Scott Chamberlain

Chief Financial Officer

Scott brings over 20 years of CFO experience in high-growth software businesses and is responsible for leading Civitas Learning’s financial strategy and management, legal administration, and facilities functions.

Dr. Nicole Melander

VP Consulting

With proven success planning, researching, designing, organizing, and overseeing highly complex systems, Nicole previously worked at Achieving the Dream, Deloitte Consulting, and American University.

Tony Capasso

Chief Partnerships Officer

Tony is responsible for leading a team focused on improving student outcomes by matching the needs of each of our unique partner institutions with our solutions and team expertise.

Robert Strazzarino

Founder/Managing Director College Scheduler

Leaning into his web app developer skills and entrepreneurial tenacity, Strazz solved the problems with schedule planning he saw as a student by founding College Scheduler.

Lisa Roberts

VP Marketing

Lisa has deep experience developing products, growing brands, and driving marketing and media programs for technology innovators.

Dan Curtis

Division VP

Passionate about positive change in higher education, Dan has led teams while engaged in teaching, training and managing operations with some true education disruptors for more then ten years. Prior to joining Civitas Learning he worked for WGU Texas and Western Governors University.

Shawn Gaide

VP Corporate Development & Strategy

Shawn leads the development and execution of our growth strategy to reach more students and help improve their outcomes.

Eric Grunden

Senior VP Partner Success

Eric brings two decades of experience in delivery and support of integrated technologies and advanced analytics across complex systems.

Join the Movement

We believe together we can help millions of additional students graduate if we can only manage to understand what’s working best, and why. Our growing community of practice is proving we can make this reality.



Our Advisory Board

Meet the luminaries from across higher education that share their expertise, insight, and advice.



Transforming Advising

Austin Community College implemented Degree Map to transform advising and improve student completion. Read how adoption improved the advisor/student conversation, and gave students ownership of their degree pathways.

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“Our Degree Map project shows that when students have more clarity and control of their degree path, they’re significantly more likely to make progress on their learning path and, best of all, cross the finish line and complete a certificate or degree. These are the kinds of outcomes all of our student success innovations are shooting for!”

Richard Rhodes

President and CEO

Austin Community College


Thank you to the innovative funders who share our vision and commitment to creating a new model for student success where each institution and every student is unique.

Civitas Learning Funding Partners

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