Joseph Gagnon

Joseph Gagnon is an entrepreneur, innovator and transformation executive who has held the role of CEO, COO and recently as President of Penn Foster one of the largest online schools in the US. With over 150,000 students, and a strategy of “profit with a purpose” he implemented a strategy whereby hospitality and education intersected for the benefit of student achievement across their High School, Career School and College

Joe is the founder of THPL, The High Performance Life, an avid blogger and serious endurance athlete having completed six Ironman triathlons, ten ultra-marathons, and twenty-six marathons.  He has visited all 50 states, logged 4+million air miles, 125,000 miles running and cycling, and spent time in more than 35 countries. His blog The High Performance Life brings together elements of Life, Learning and Fitness for personal fulfillment and improved performance.  You can read his daily entries at


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