President Paul Osland joined FirstGroup America in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer, bringing with him more than 25 years of leadership and operations experience across industries that include telecommunications, logistics, education and transportation.
As president of First Student, Paul drives high standards and innovation, while overseeing a dedicated team of 50,500 employees across North America and the safe operation of more than 40,000 yellow school buses that complete five million student journeys a day.
“We play a critical role in the lives of the 2.5 million students we transport every school day, including many of the country’s most vulnerable children. I believe First Student has the strongest commitment to Driver Training, Maintenance and Safety.”
Prior to joining First Student, Paul most recently served as Chief Facilities Officer as well as Executive Director of Transportation for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), a $6-billion-dollar educational enterprise serving 400,000 students in more than 600 schools.
Prior to joining Chicago Public Schools, Paul held a number of senior leadership roles in organizations that include Ameritech (now AT&T); Gaylor, Inc.; Orius Corporation; and @Link Networks.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from DePauw University and post-graduate executive development studies in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago.