Paula R. Singer serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Laureate Education’s Global Products and Services group, where she leads its U.S. campus-based and online higher education businesses in disciplines that have a global reach, including hospitality management; culinary arts; and architecture, art, and design. She is Chair of the Board of Directors for Walden University as well as for Kendall College, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and The National Hispanic University.
With more than 25 years of experience in education, Ms. Singer has played a significant role in expanding the innovative use of technology to enhance student learning and increase access to higher education for underserved student populations within Laureate’s international network of institutions.
She credits her early experience as a classroom teacher focused on improving the academic performance of struggling students from disadvantaged urban and rural communities as providing her with a unique point of view as a corporate leader. As a result, Ms. Singer has been an important catalyst behind Laureate’s commitment to a student-centric approach to teaching and learning and its focus on serving nontraditional students and working professionals.
Ms. Singer is relentlessly committed to inspiring people to achieve the highest standards—whether employees, colleagues, or students. Across disciplines, professions, and positions, she encourages everyone to excel, fosters a spirit of confidence, and inspires others to join her community of mentors. As a top corporate leader, she serves as a role model to a new generation of women.
Previously, Ms. Singer served as President of Sylvan Education Solutions (now Catapult Learning), where she led the educational support services division in helping schools enhance their instructional capacity through on-site learning centers and teacher training. She also served as Vice President of Operations for Educate Inc.’s K–12 education business, where she led the development of the company’s school contracts. Ms. Singer was also instrumental in growing Sylvan’s corporately owned and operated retail learning centers and in developing domestic testing sites. She later oversaw Laureate’s entry into the postsecondary education market with the acquisition of Canter & Associates in 1997.
Ms. Singer earned a B.S. in Education from the University of Connecticut, where she was the first education major to be selected for the prestigious University Scholar program. She is an active leader of the United Way and serves on the organization’s Women’s Leadership Council, which is committed to improving local communities and the quality of life for children. Ms. Singer is an advisory board member of The Johns Hopkins University School of Education and a member of the Board of Directors of Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU). In the past, she served as Chair of the National School Boards Foundation and was a member of the Goucher College board of trustees and the advisory board of the University of Southern California’s School of Education. She was named one of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s Distinguished Women of 2009 and is the recipient of a 2009 Leader Award from the YWCA of the Greater Baltimore Area. Ms. Singer also has been named to Maryland’s Top 100 Women three times and inducted into its Circle of Excellence for her sustained achievements.