Eric Conaway

Posted by John | General | Wednesday 15 May 2019 6:32 pm

Following graduation from Jefferson West HS, Meriden, Kansas in 1991 I attended Baker University. This
made me the seventh member of my family to attend Baker following my mother, uncle, grandfather, as
well as 2 great uncles and 2 great aunts to Baldwin City.

I was an active member of Delta Tau Delta, baseball letterman and the work study programming, serving
the final two years within the admissions office.

I received a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting in 1995 and subsequently passed the Certified
Public Accountant exam.

Most importantly I met my wife, Wendy, who is a member of Delta Delta Delta and came to Baker from
Denver, CO.

I am currently a Vice President at Providence Strategic Growth (PSG). PSG targets investments in middle
market software and technology-enabled service companies, a key part of the $50B Providence Equity
Partners investment strategy. In this capacity I work with PSG portfolio companies to enhance various
financial related activities. I have over 20 years of experience in finance largely in the planning and
treasury space. Prior to joining Providence in 2019, I was Vice President of Finance at Ascend Learning,
a leading provider of educational content, software and analytics. During my six years at Ascend
Learning, I lead the financial planning and analysis team through tremendous growth, doubling revenue to
over $500M and completing numerous acquisitions. Prior to Ascend Learning, I spent eighteen years at
Sprint Telecommunications playing a key role in the $22B merger transaction with Softbank prior to my

Wendy and I live in Overland Park, KS and are the parents of three boys. Alec, 19, is a freshman at
Westminster College in Fulton, MO; Braydon, 18, will graduate from Blue Valley Northwest in a few short
weeks and plans to attend Baker in the fall. Finally, Reece is 13 and an active seventh grader at
Harmony Middle School.

In what is left of my free time, I coach youth baseball, enjoy fly-fishing and hunting primarily with lifelong
friends I made at Baker.