Mark DeFusco

Senior Research Associate


Mark DeFusco, most recently with Berkery Noyes, a Wall Street investment bank, holds a long and varied experience in higher education management. He served as Chief Executive Officer/President at Vatterott Education Holdings, a private equity-held for-profit college with 20 campuses in nine Midwest states. In that role, Dr. DeFusco completed numerous acquisitions, launched L’Ecole Culinaire, and implemented significant technological and organizational improvements to support rapid growth. Prior to that position, Dr. DeFusco served in several management positions with the Apollo Group and opened University of Phoenix’s first campus in the Northeast United States. Dr. DeFusco serves on the boards of several educational organizations, and is a member of the executive board of the Education Industry Association. He has advised many of the most important education companies in the world, and has led transactions for both institutions and educational services. Additionally, he continues to work with both for-profit and non-profit universities diagnosing areas for improved business functions and cost savings. Mark DeFusco is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he earned both a PhD in Education and an MS in Counseling Psychology. He holds a BA from Villanova University.