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  • Katie Blot
    Katie Blot is the Chief Strategy Officer 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. 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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  • Bill Ballhaus
    Bill Ballhaus is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Blackboard. Under his leadership since January 2016, Blackboard continues to help millions of people around the world find new ways to learn, connect, advance and improve education outcomes. As a third-generation aerospace engineer with a focus on solving customers’ toughest challenges, Bill is deeply committed to ensuring Blackboard develops an industry-leading suite of solutions and products that improves learning outcomes within the education community.

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  • Scott Ready
    Scott has 20 years of experience in higher education, serving as a faculty member and department head of an Interpreter Training Program, Director of Online Education, and 10 years with Blackboard working with institutions globally. He has led institutions in furthering technology adoption, the identification, development and implementation of new online programs and transforming institutions. Scott grew up with two deaf parents, and after years of being a nationally certified Sign Language Interpreter, Scott developed the first Online Interpreter Training program in the nation.

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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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