About Us

Leaders Working to Provide Educational Opportunities

Our Leadership

Universal Companies is in the business of helping people. Our mission is to improve communities and change lives, by creating cultural and entrepreneurial opportunities that break the cycle of generational poverty within historically disenfranchised communities. To accomplish this, Universal focuses on the identification and removal of systemic barriers to wealth creation within urban settings. We are committed to a comprehensive approach to neighborhood revitalization that embraces education as its foundation for economic transformation. Universal works in collaboration with community stakeholders to create an environment where all children are achieving academically, socially, and emotionally at a high level. We have maintained a proven track record of turning around under-achieving schools since 1999.

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Kenneth Gamble

Founder/Chairman
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Dr. Penny Nixon

Sr. Executive Vice President of Education/CAO
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Faatimah Gamble

Co-Founder
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Shaheid Dawan

Sr. Executive Vice President/CFO

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Our Vision

Universal Companies will be recognized as a change agent and national leader in urban education as evidenced by student awareness of self, high academic achievement, positive school culture and community transformation wherever we serve.

Our Mission

The Universal Education mission is to provide a rich and high quality education for every scholar to prepare them for college, technical school, entrepreneurships that leads to a sustainable career in the 21st century and build altruistic alumni who contribute to the transformation of their communities as future leaders and positive members of society.

Our Beliefs

  • Love the children we work with and serve as role models for our students, staff and families

  • Understand our role as “servant leaders” who empathize with urban issues

  • Maintain high academic and personal expectations with a “No Excuse Attitude” for high achievement

  • Plan based on data, review all data, revise based on data and execute based on data

  • Communicate clearly, concisely and with resolve

  • Demonstrate respect, patience and understanding for students and parents –especially those most challenged

  • Guarantee a safe and nurturing learning environment

  • Utilize the school as a key element and hub for the surrounding community to help in the transformation of neighborhoods

  • Foster strong partnerships between employees, students, families, businesses and other constituents

  • Take wise risks that benefit our scholars