Universal Technical Institute (UTI), a provider of technical education training, has announced key leadership changes in its marketing and operations units.
Tom Riggs, senior vice president of operations since March 2011, has been named senior vice president of marketing. Riggs was senior vice president of campus operations from 2009 to 2011. Prior to joining UTI, he served in senior human resource leadership positions with Sears, Honeywell and BFGoodrich Aerospace.
Riggs succeeds Rick Crain, who is leaving the company. Crain has been UTI’s senior vice president of marketing and strategy since 2007.
Meanwhile, Sherrell Smith has returned to UTI as senior vice president of operations. Prior to his departure from UTI in 2009, Smith had been with the company for 23 years serving as a campus president, regional vice president of operations and executive vice president of operations. During his time away from UTI, Smith advised a private equity firm on acquisition opportunities in the education field and served as CEO of the American Institute of Technology.
Smith’s wife, Lori, works for UTI as vice president of business intelligence and has been employed by the company for 19 years.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, UTI is a provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. UTI offers undergraduate degree, diploma and certificate programs at 11 campuses across the United States, as well as manufacturer-specific training programs at dedicated training centers. Through its campus-based school system, UTI provides specialized post-secondary education programs under a variety of brands, including the NASCAR Technical Institute.