Chief Executive Officer and
Board of Directors
Norm Allgood has dedicated nearly two decades of his career to expanding access to quality, affordable programs to underserved populations. As CEO of Synergis Education, Norm’s focus has been to build an organization with a passionate culture dedicated to creating quality, higher education programs that are valuable, delivered efficiently and are accessible to an ever-evolving student base. After serving in the US Army as an active duty noncommissioned officer, Norm earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in his 30’s. It was through his own personal journey that Norm became an advocate for improving higher education and creating a repeatable framework for colleges and universities that expands access to education in high-demand fields.
In 2011, Norm founded Synergis Education, a mission-driven company that partners with colleges and universities to design, launch and grow innovative classrooms, both online and blended programs of distinction. Norm has led Synergis to become an innovator in overall degree program delivery. This innovation began with a thesis; no longer is an institution or student limited by the imperfect strategy that confines students to a face-to-face classroom environment, or the digital barriers of being completely online. Instead, it can meet the student in the right setting, offering degree programs fully online, when appropriate, or shift gears to launch the degree program in a blended format.
Norm and his team have raised over $40 million from investors including University Ventures Fund I, L.P. and affiliated entities and Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. Today, Synergis Education works with partner institutions throughout the United States to offer 31 degree programs in business, education and healthcare. In 2015, the company helped its partner schools enroll close to 2,000 students.
In his role as CEO, Norm focuses on strategy, leadership and innovation, working closely with Synergis Education’s partner institutions. Norm and his team understand that thought leadership, new technologies and an ever-increasing competitive market have led to a dramatic change in the higher education space. Returning to the status quo experienced in the last decade is not an option and the future will demand that colleges and universities across the United States significantly expand their missions with a commitment to continually innovate and improve processes, outcomes and the student experience. The Synergis Education Team’s deep knowledge of the industry and their ability to form trusted partnerships with colleges and universities is a key driver to maintaining this sharp focus.
Prior to starting Synergis Education, Norm served as Chief Operating Officer at Orbis Education, a leader in nursing education and as Senior Vice President of Strategic Development at the Institute for Professional Development (IPD), a subsidiary of Apollo Group, where he served for nine years. In his career, Norm has worked and consulted with numerous state and private colleges and universities around the country, becoming well-known for cultivating a strong commitment to maximizing retention, student outcomes and advancing new techniques in educational delivery, as well as his powerful track record of turnaround management and leadership development.
Norm earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and a Master of Business Administration with an international focus from Cornerstone University.