At Blackboard, we’re lucky to work with some of the brightest minds in education—our clients. Our user community is doing truly remarkable things, and are key partners with us as we think differently about how new technologies can be harnessed to create a world-class teaching and learning framework for the future.

Today we are excited to announce a program that highlights clients who go the extra mile to share their expertise with Blackboard and their peers—the Blackboard MVP program. An MVP demonstrates the following qualities:

  • Knowledgeable: Stands out as an expert in either technical or application of Blackboard technologiesBb-MVP_Logo_2C124_FINAL
  • Engaged: Demonstrates leadership in the community; volunteering to present, lead and share readily
  • Accessible: Represents the voice of the community and openly shares feedback with Blackboard. Are accessible to help other clients in a timely manner
  • Collaborative: Committed to answering questions, sharing best practices and knowledge of the product and their expertise with the client community

So without further ado, introducing the first class of Blackboard MVPs. Drum roll, please…

  • Dr. Torria Bond, Instructional Designer, California Baptist University
  • Chris Bray, Blackboard Administrator, University of Arkansas
  • Paige Brooks-Jeffiers, Director for Innovative Strategies, KCTCS
  • Doug Cohen, Associate Director Academic Technology Services, SUNY Learning Network
  • Greg Frederick, DL Specialist, National Defense University
  • Ryan Gravette, Director of Information and Technology, Idaho Digital Learning
  • Mariann Hawken, Instructional Technologist, Bowie State University
  • Jana Hickey, eLearning Specialist at Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Eric Kunnen, Emerging Technologies Coordinator, Grand Valley State University
  • Scott Kodai, Manager of Distributed Learning Technologies, California State University, Chico
  • Kevin Lowey, Systems Analyst, University of Saskatchewan
  • Brian M. Morgan, Chair and Associate Professor, Marshall University
  • Tara Park, Virtual Educator, Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School
  • Terry Patterson, LMS Application Administrator, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Jason Rhode, Director of Distributed Learning, Northern Illinois University
  • Melissa Stange, Blackboard System Administrator, Shenandoah University
  • Mike Zimmerman, Blackboard System Administrator, University of Nebraska at Omaha

The MVPs will also be answering your questions in the Ask the Doctors help forum.

The spirit and support of the Blackboard community is integral to the success of our clients and, in turn, moving the education industry forward.

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  • Eric

    This is an awesome group of colleagues! It’s an honor and privilege to be selected. We are all on mission to enhance teaching and learning by leveraging technologies such as Blackboard!

  • Ed Garay

    Well-deserved, indeed.

  • Peter DiFalco

    I’m privileged to have worked with, met, corresponded with or learned from half of this excellent class and look forward to doing so with the rest of you. Congratulations!

  • Melissa

    It is an honor to be selected and a privilege to have the opportunity to work with such great educational technologist.