Paula R. Singer is the Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors of Walden University, which is part of the Laureate International Universities network.
Ms. Singer has served in several executive leadership roles since joining Laureate Education, Inc. (formerly Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.) in 1993. She most recently served as Chief Network Officer responsible for establishing the Laureate Network Office, which extended the unique academic, business, and student-centered strengths and experience of Laureate’s global network throughout the network. Previously, she was the president and CEO of Laureate Global Products and Services, where she led Laureate’s portfolio of international online institutions and offerings, U.S. campus-based institutions, and worldwide institutions in hospitality management and art and design. Ms. Singer also led all Laureate online postsecondary businesses and the company’s entry into the postsecondary education market with the acquisition of Canter & Associates in 1997.
Prior to joining Laureate, Ms. Singer was the president of Sylvan Education Solutions (now Catapult Learning), where she led the educational support services division. Ms. Singer formerly held several senior positions at American Learning Corporation, a subsidiary of Encyclopedia Britannica, including vice president of marketing, executive vice president of operations, and general manager. Early in her career Ms. Singer was a K–12 teacher and reading specialist focused on struggling students in the nation’s inner-city schools.
Ms. Singer is also the co-founder of the Nurturing Nest Montessori School, which is in Maryland and is affiliated with the American Montessori Society, the International Montessori Council, and Montessori Schools of Maryland.
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 also holds an advanced certificate as a Montessori teacher from the American Montessori Society.
In 2004, Ms. Singer was recognized as one of five Enterprising Women in Maryland by the Baltimore Business Journal. She was named one of “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” three times by the Maryland Daily Record, earning her induction into the publication’s prestigious “Circle of Excellence.” She also 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. In 2013, Ms. Singer was named the University of Connecticut’s “Outstanding Alumni of the Year.”
Ms. Singer is an advisory board member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education and an advisor for the Board of Directors of Business Volunteers Unlimited. She served on the Goucher College Board of Directors for six years and was chair of the National School Board Foundation early in 2000. She also served for six years as the secretary and executive committee member of the board of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Elementary School. Ms. Singer has long been an advocate for the United Way and its commitment to improving local communities and the quality of life for children.