Tom Dretler

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Shorelight Education

Tom is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Shorelight Education. Prior to founding Shorelight, Tom was chief executive officer at Eduventures, a best practices and benchmarking research firm that works with more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States. Previously, Tom was an executive-in-residence at Sterling Partners, a private equity firm that invests in education, health care, and business services companies. Tom is a co-founder and former president and board chair of the Alliance for Business Leadership, an association of progressive business leaders dedicated to growth and opportunity in Massachusetts. Tom currently serves as a Leadership Fellow for Johns Hopkins University and is a director on other corporate and nonprofit boards. He is the co-author of the Sterling Partners/Bain & Company white paper, The Financially Sustainable University. Tom is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins University where he was a Rhodes Scholar candidate and a varsity athlete. He also holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where he was awarded the Goldsmith Fellowship.

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