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  • Katie Blot
    Katie Blot is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Marketing, and Business Line Management for Blackboard. In this capacity, she drives the strategic planning process and helps set the direction for the company in order to fulfill our mission of reimagining education. Katie and her organization are focused on assessing and evaluating industry trends, engaging with the education and education technology communities in meaningful ways and identifying and executing strategic partnerships.

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  • JoAnna Hunt
    JoAnna Hunt is the Accessibility Manager at Blackboard. In this role, she is responsible for driving product improvements, community involvement and the continued evolution across all of Blackboard’s products and services.

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  • Van Davis
    Van Davis is Associate Vice President of Higher Education Research and Policy at Blackboard. Davis works extensively on competency-based education and higher education policy issues as well as distance education, learning technology, workforce alignment, and college affordability. Before joining Blackboard in January 2015, Davis was Director of Innovations in Higher Education at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Additionally, Davis directed the state's adult degree completion project, Grad TX as well as the state’s course redesign grant program, online faculty professional development program, annual Reinventing Instruction and Learning Conference, and the development of the state's digital learning objects repository. Davis speaks extensively around the nation on competency-based education, adult degree completion, higher education trends and also serves on the editorial board of the new Journal of Competency Based Education. Davis served as a history professor and an academic administrator and holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S. History with an emphasis in civil rights history from Vanderbilt University as well as a B.A. in History from Southwestern University.

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