Meet the Steering Committee.

Michael Alexander

President of Lasell University

Michael Alexander became the ninth President of Lasell University in July 2007, after successful corporate careers, first in media and entertainment and then in technology. He has presided over a near-doubling of enrollment and the size of the full-time faculty at the university and led the community through the development of several strategic plans and a campus master plan.

Dr. Carol Leary

President Emerita of Bay Path

Carol Leary became the President of Bay Path University in 1994. She is also the author of “Achieving the Dream: A How-To Guide for Adult Women Seeking A College Degree.” Under her leadership, Bay Path launched the first all-women, all-online baccalaureate program in the country, established over 30 new graduate and post-graduate degree programs, and created two additional campus locations.

Dr. Jeffrey Docking

President of Adrian College

Jeffrey Docking has been the President of Adrian College since 2005. He is also the author of “Crisis in Higher Education: A Plan to Save Small Liberal Arts Colleges in America”. In his first 6 years at the helm, Adrian College doubled enrollment and more than doubled enrollment revenue. He also pioneered an innovative curriculum collaboration with Google that has now expanded to 20 colleges and has hundreds of colleges on the waiting list.

In 2019, the LCMC decided to partner with Rize, a company incubated by Adrian College, in order to help implement the vision of its Steering Committee and members. Rize is operated from Adrian College’s campus in Adrian, MI under the leadership of Steering Committee member Dr. Jeffrey Docking.

Meet the Rize team.

Kevin Harrington

Kevin is a Harvard graduate with a background in finance. He worked for The Blackstone Group’s Real Estate Private Equity Group in New York. Dissatisfied, he left finance with Connor in order to find a more meaningful calling: improving higher education from the inside.

Connor McCarthy

Connor is a Harvard graduate with a background in finance. He worked for Foros Group for 2 years in NY in technology and media investment banking. Dissatisfied, he left finance with Kevin in order to find a more meaningful calling: improving higher education from the inside.

Vikram Rangraj

Vikram co-founded two venture-backed companies, Tradecipher and dropleaf, the latter of which participated in Y-Combinator - the world's most prestigious startup accelerator. Prior to that, he was a teacher for 10 years and developed curricula for The Princeton Review, The University of Washington, and other educational organizations. A leader with significant expertise in Education, Digital Marketing and Product development, Vikram serves as an advisor to a variety of startups and non-profits in addition to his work on Rize.

JC Billone

John Claude “JC” is an engineer with proven experience in product development, risk identification and analysis, and project management. JC holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Master of Engineering Management degree from Duke University.

Charlie Anastasi

Charlie joined Rize with a background in strategy and finance. Prior to transitioning into higher education, Charlie was a Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Cadre and worked at The Blackstone Group. Charlie graduated cum laude with a B.A in Economics from Harvard where his passion for improving higher education began.

Gregory Edwards

Greg has built large-scale education programs while Head of Product at Decoded, and now turns his experience in learning design to Rize courses. He has been a teacher and a data scientist, and is passionate about making class experiences that students love.

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