Gaston Caperton To Advise Leeds Equity Partners

Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board, has joined Leeds Equity Partners as a member of its board of advisors.

PRESS RELEASE

Leeds Equity Partners, LLC, the New York based private equity firm, today announced the appointment of the Hon. Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board, to the Leeds Board of Advisors.

“I am excited to be working with Leeds Equity as it goes about its business of investing in and managing companies in the world of education. I am confident that participation in this prestigious group of board advisors will enhance my work with the College Board as we pursue our mission of connecting students with college success,” said Caperton.

Jeffrey T. Leeds, founder of Leeds Equity added, “This is an extraordinary opportunity for us. We are grateful for the participation of Governor Caperton and look forward to his unique insights into education.”

About Gaston Caperton

Gaston Caperton is a lifetime advocate for the importance of excellence and equity in education. He transformed the College Board from an assessment company into a mission–driven, values–oriented organization that takes bold steps to connect greater numbers of students to college success and opportunity, while raising educational standards in schools across the nation. As governor of West Virginia from 1988 to 1996, he developed a comprehensive plan that emphasized the use of computers and technology in the public schools, beginning with kindergarten through sixth grade, and later expanding to include grades 7 through 12. His aggressive school building program resulted in $800 million in investments that benefited two-thirds of West Virginia’s students. He raised teachers’ salaries to thirty-first in the nation from forty-ninth and had more than 19,000 educators trained through a statewide Center for Professional Development.

About Leeds Equity Partners

Leeds Equity Partners is a New York based private equity firm that manages the largest private equity fund in the United States focused on investments in the education, information and training industries. Since it’s founding in 1993, the Firm, through its various investment partnerships, has raised and managed over $1 billion of committed capital and invested in more than 20 companies. The Firm is currently raising its fifth private equity fund.

The Board of Advisors of Leeds Equity Partners includes: Gaston Caperton, the President of the College Board and Former two-term Governor of West Virginia; Timothy Fitzpatrick, Former CEO of SLM Corporation; Thomas F. McLarty III, Former Chief of Staff in the Clinton Administration and President of McLarty Associates; Dr. Barry Munitz, former President and CEO of The J. Paul Getty Trust and former Chancellor of the California State University School System; Dr. Rod Paige, Former U.S. Secretary of Education in the George W. Bush Administration; Richard W. Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education in the Clinton Administration and former two-term Governor of South Carolina, and Dr. Timothy P. Shriver, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics.