Dennis J. Keller, 1987-2008
Co-Founder and Director Emeriti
Dennis J. Keller is Co-Founder and Retired Chairman and CEO of DeVry Education Group, and currently serves as Director Emeritus and Senior Advisor.
Since 1931 DeVry Education Group has empowered its students to achieve their educational and career goals. DeVry Education Group Inc. (NYSE: DV; member S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a leading global education provider and the parent organization of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Carrington College, Chamberlain College of Nursing, DeVry Brasil, DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Keller co-founded Keller Graduate School of Management in 1973, and served as Chairman and CEO until 2004 and Chairman until he retired in 2008.† In 1987, Keller Graduate School of Management acquired from Bell & Howell the assets of the DeVry Institutes of Technology. Renamed DeVry Inc. (and subsequently DeVry Education Group), the combined company completed an initial public offering in 1991.
He is a member of the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago, past vice-chairman of the board of trustees at Princeton University and co-chairman of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Leadership Council.† Keller is Chairman of the Board of the Mpala Wildlife Foundation, Chairman of the Equity Group Foundation, and also serves as a trustee of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation.†
Keller is a former director of Nicor Inc. and Ryerson Inc. and former Vice Chairman of the Chicago Zoological Society (Brookfield Zoo) and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the African Wildlife Foundation.† He was a consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools for more than ten years, and on two occasions an Executive in Residence co-teaching an economics course at the Colorado College.
In 1963, Keller received his undergraduate degree in economics from Princeton University, where he was a National Merit Scholar. His masterís degree in business administration was received in 1968 from the University of Chicago, where he was a Graduate School of Business Fellow. Keller, a resident of Oak Brook, Illinois, is married and has three sons and eight grandchildren.