Universal Technical Institute Promotes Ken Cranston to Senior Vice President of Admissions

Jun 30, 2010, 16:05 ET from Universal Technical Institute, Inc.

PHOENIX, June 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI), the leading provider of technical education training, today announced that Ken Cranston, formerly Regional Vice President of Operations, has been promoted to the role of Senior Vice President of Admissions.  In his new role, Mr. Cranston will be responsible for all campus, field and military admissions company-wide and will report directly to Kimberly McWaters, UTI's President and Chief Executive Officer.

Previous to joining UTI, Mr. Cranston was President and CEO of Terion, a leading provider of wireless tracking technology for the transportation industry.  In this role, he successfully led the business through a turnaround that culminated in a highly successful sale to General Electric. Before joining Terion, Ken spent much of his career in sales and marketing for industry leaders such as NBC, Western Union and Telespectrum Worldwide, where he served as National Vice President of sales and marketing, increasing company sales better than 40%. Mr. Cranston holds a BA in Economics from Iona College.

"Ken is a seasoned executive with experience in both sales and operations.  He has a history of delivering exceptional results in start up and growth environments for small organizations, as well as public Fortune 500 companies," said Ms. McWaters. "I have every confidence in Ken's abilities to guide our admissions organization forward and make a significant positive impact on the Company's continued growth."

Mr. Cranston replaces Robert Adler, who has left the Company to pursue other interests.

Separately, UTI announced that it expects students starting school during the third fiscal quarter of 2010, which ends June 30, 2010, to grow in the range of 30 to 35 percent above the levels of last year. UTI will report results for the third quarter on Tuesday, August 3, 2010.

About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians.  With more than 130,000 graduates in its 45-year history, 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 the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI).

For more information about Universal Technical Institute, Inc. and its training programs, visit www.uti.edu.

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