Higher Education Leader Bob Hartman joins Bridgepoint Education Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO, CA (November 6th, 2006) – Bridgepoint Education is pleased to announce the appointment of former UTI Chairman Mr. Bob Hartman to its board of directors.

“With over 25 years of experience in higher education, Bob Hartman is a true industry leader. We are honored to have someone with his background and reputation on our board,” said Andrew Clark, CEO of Bridgepoint.

After six years as a banking executive, Mr. Hartman joined Universal Technical Institute in 1979, where he served in numerous high level positions, including President, CEO and Chairman of the Board. In 2005, Mr. Hartman retired from UTI and is currently serving as a member of the UTI Board of Directors.

In addition to his stellar track record with UTI, Mr. Hartman served as Chairman of the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education and was Founder and Chairman of the Western Council of Private Career Schools.

Mr. Hartman has devoted considerable time to community service, including his current roles as the Vice President of Finance for Whispering Hope Ranch, Chairman of Kids At Hope, Treasurer of Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust and Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Grand Teton National Park Foundation.

Mr. Hartman earned his MBA in Finance from DePaul University, and his BA from Michigan State University.

About Bridgepoint Education

Based in San Diego, Bridgepoint Education was founded on the principle that everyone deserves access to an affordable higher education without sacrificing quality, transferability of credits, accessibility, academic standards, or credentials. As an independent, private higher education company, Bridgepoint is committed to serving the millions of adults seeking an affordable alternative to high priced higher education. Bridgepoint Education subsidiaries provide both traditional and online education offerings, in addition to recruiting and admissions services. Our comprehensive education services have helped thousands of students improve their lives and careers through higher education. For more information, please visit us at www.bridgepointeducation.com or contact: Ross Woodard, Vice President of Marketing, at 858.231.4041.