Richard J. Patro

CEO, Laureate Global Products and Services


Richard J. Patro

Richard J. Patro, CEO of Laureate Global Products and Services (GPS), is responsible for leading Laureate’s portfolio of international online institutions and offerings, U.S. campus-based institutions, and worldwide institutions in hospitality management and art and design.

Mr. Patro previously served as the president of GPS and the CEO of Laureate Online Education. As CEO of Laureate Online Education, he provided the strategic, operational, and financial direction for Walden University, Laureate’s flagship online institution, and online international partnerships with the University of Liverpool and the University of Roehampton, London Online. Mr. Patro has also served as chief operating officer of GPS, with responsibility for leading the functional support service groups that provide institutions worldwide with best practices in finance, operations, academic quality, and student outcomes.

Throughout his 20-year tenure with Laureate Education, Mr. Patro’s financial oversight and organizational management have guided the successful growth of many of Laureate’s key brands, including: Walden University, Kendall College, NewSchool of Architecture and Design, Canter & Associates, and Laureate’s partnership with the University of Liverpool, as well as Laureate’s international expansion into Europe and Asia.

Previously, Mr. Patro served as a manager for Ernst & Young, where he provided audit, tax, and consulting services for privately owned and emerging businesses. Mr. Patro is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He earned his B.S. in Accounting from Loyola College.