Our Leadership Team
Since 1921, federal, local and state government and some of our nation’s most respected organizations have entrusted Graduate School USA (GSUSA) to train and develop their employees to become their biggest assets.
From 176 students in eight courses to now more than 250 courses and thousands of students worldwide each year, one thing has remained the same – GSUSA’s commitment to our customers’ success.
Take a moment to learn more information about the Graduate School USA leadership team.
Steve Somers, CFA
Steve Somers was appointed President of Graduate School USA in January 2022. He has spent almost 10 years in the education industry, serving most recently as Vice President of Corporate Development at Kaplan, Inc. for five years, where he executed over 15 deals as a strategic partner across Kaplan’s various business units. Previously, he was Vice President of Corporate Development, Investor Relations & Treasury at Rosetta Stone, where he helped expand Rosetta’s language business through two acquisitions and enter the literacy business with the acquisition of Lexia Learning.
Before his time in the education space, Mr. Somers led M&A and IR at two public companies — first in the wireless industry with SunCom Wireless, where he led its sale to T-Mobile and then at GSI Commerce, in the e-commerce industry, where he helped grow GSI before its sale to E-Bay. Earlier in his career, Mr. Somers was an equity research analyst at DLJ.
Mr. Somers is a Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) and earned a B.S. in Business and Economics with a concentration in Finance from Lehigh University and an MBA from Villanova University.
Senior Vice President, Operations
Mary Bartlett joined Graduate School USA in January 2022 as the Senior Vice President, Operations, after leading the integration of Graduate School USA into American Public Education, Inc., where she was the Vice President of Acquisitions. As Graduate School USA’s SVP of Operations, Ms. Bartlett is responsible for building the objectives and values and ensuring the company has the proper operational controls and metrics, organizational structure, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems in place to provide a foundation to effectively grow the organization.
Ms. Bartlett has spent over 16 years in various operational capacities focused on optimizing operations, growing revenue, improving customer loyalty, streamlining processes, integrating change, and building high-performing teams as the COO in the shared office space industry at The Reserve and as Vice President and General Manager at Arise Virtual Solutions, a global virtual workforce solutions company.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Bartlett was a Director of Operations with Accenture. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, with a Bachelor of Arts in both Marketing and Communications.