BrightStar Education Group, Inc. Names William Hillard as CEO

WASHINGTON, DC, July 20, 2011 — BrightStar Education Group, Inc. ("BrightStar"), a leading post-secondary education company that provides post-secondary education to more than 3,300 students through six campuses in California and Oregon, announced today that William "Bill" Hillard has been named its Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors. BrightStar is a portfolio company of Arlington Capital Partners, a Washington, DC-based private equity firm with over $1.4 billion under management. BrightStar, through its subsidiaries, offers career-oriented degree and diploma programs in high demand curricula in Allied Health (including Licensed Nursing), Business, Culinary and Technical fields through 18 different program offerings.

“We are excited to have Bill join the BrightStar team as we continue to grow the Company,” said Jeffrey Freed, a Managing Partner of Arlington Capital Partners.  “Bill’s history of delivering strong results during his many years in the industry made him an ideal candidate to lead BrightStar.”

John Bates, a Partner of Arlington Capital Partners, said, “Bill is one of the best operators in the industry and has a long track record of driving positive student outcomes and positive financial results.  I think he will be a great fit for the BrightStar organization.”

“I have followed BrightStar’s start-up and growth since Arlington’s investment, and have always been impressed with not only the success of the schools, but also with the quality and uniqueness of the educational programs offered at its campuses” said Hillard.  “I believe BrightStar’s strategy of providing quality education through a diverse curriculum offering with an allied health focus in mid-sized Western markets is a key differentiator, and I am very excited about the opportunity.“

Bill Hillard has 14 years of experience in the post-secondary education industry, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Anthem Education Group, a group consisting of 23 accredited post-secondary education institutions in 15 states and an Online Division.  Bill was instrumental in the growth and quality of career-oriented education throughout the Anthem organization.  Bill was able to deliver consistent growth for the organization, balanced with a keen focus on maintaining compliance, quality and student outcomes.  Prior to joining Anthem, Bill served over 26 years as an Officer and Aviator in the United States Army.  Bill holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Troy State University and a M.B.A. from Eastern Kentucky University.

About BrightStar Education Group, Inc.:
BrightStar Education Group, Inc. is a leading post-secondary education company that provides education and training to more than 3,300 students through six campuses in California and Oregon.  BrightStar, through its subsidiaries, offers career-oriented degree and diploma programs in high demand curricula in Allied Health (including Licensed Nursing), Business, Culinary and Technical fields through 18 different program offerings.  BrightStar is a portfolio company of Arlington Capital Partners. 

About Arlington Capital Partners:
Arlington Capital Partners is a Washington, DC-based private equity fund with over $1.4 billion of committed capital focused on middle market investment opportunities in growth industries including: education & training, government contracting, aerospace/defense, federal and commercial IT and engineering services, healthcare services, and business services & outsourcing.  The firm’s professionals have a unique combination of operating and private equity experience that enables Arlington to be a value-added investor.  Arlington invests in companies in partnership with high quality management teams that are motivated to establish and/or advance their company’s position as leading competitors in their field.

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