Leaders from DeVry and Western Governors University Join Helix Education Steve Pappageorge and Tom Caswell Bring Expertise in Competency-Based Education

Helix Education, a world class provider of student life cycle technologies and services, has hired seasoned education leaders Steve Pappageorge as Chief Product Officer and Senior Vice President, and Tom Caswell as Director of Instructional Design. Pappageorge most recently served as Dean of the College of Continuing Education, New Programs and Outreach at DeVry University, and Caswell was Director of Instructional Design at Western Governors University. Both have extensive insight and experience in the development and implementation of competency-based educational programs.

“We are thrilled to have Steve and Tom join our team – they bring unique perspectives from inside the walls of academia and are true thought leaders when it comes to effectively using technology to improve access and quality for students,” said Matthew Schnittman, President and CEO of Helix Education. “Their innovative spirits and acute insights into competency-based education, instructional design and curriculum development are tremendous assets for us as we advance our platform and services to deliver differentiated, personalized and meaningful learning experiences.”

At DeVry, Pappageorge was responsible for the successful expansion of its continuing education programs, including the development of its competency-based learning initiative and initial MOOC offerings.  He also held leadership roles in online operations, technology, student finance, and student services. As Chief Product Officer at Helix Education, he is heavily involved in defining and implementing the company’s competency-based education methodology and its student life cycle solutions, including Helix LMS, a learning management system built for competency-based education.

Caswell has extensive course development experience, having developed over 120 courses and shared competency-based models with numerous community colleges through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has consulted for MIT, Creative Commons, and the OpenCourseWare Consortium, is also a former teacher. As Director of Instructional Design at Helix Education, Caswell is working with colleges and universities to strategize, create and expand competency-based educational programs that focus on assessments, content and outcomes.

Schnittman continued, “By helping our customer institutions optimize the online teaching and learning experience, they can drive strong, tangible student outcomes. We are grateful to have people like Steve and Tom collaborate with us to make this vision a reality.”

Kara Snyder

As the Director of Corporate Marketing, Kara brings nearly a decade of education marketing insights and experience to Helix Education. Before joining Helix, she worked in enrollment and affiliate marketing, undergraduate and graduate admissions, and student affairs. Kara earned her bachelor’s degree from Temple University.