CNN.Com -UMassOnline's CTO Brian Douglas Named to Pearson Strategic Advisory Board to Guide Global Elearning Efforts

CNN.Com -UMassOnline's CTO Brian Douglas Named to Pearson Strategic Advisory Board to Guide Global Elearning Efforts

Pearson, the global leader in educational publishing, has announced the creation of a higher education advisory council to provide strategic guidance for the company’s eLearning efforts in the U.S. and abroad.   

The Pearson Strategic Advisory Board, comprised of senior executives from a wide variety of higher education institutions both in the U.S. and globally, will provide guidance and feedback to the company as it continues to enhance its eLearning products and services. 

"Pearson provides integrated education solutions for our customers around the world,” said Jim Behnke, Executive Vice President for Higher Education, International and Professional at Pearson. “We’re constantly working to enhance learning opportunities in the rapidly changing education marketplace. The Pearson advisory board is another step in our efforts to improve student performance and institutional productivity, and we look forward to benefiting from the perspectives of these thought leaders in post-secondary education.” 

The Pearson Strategic Advisory Board will provide counsel on emerging technologies in education and opportunities to expand Pearson eLearning influence in the developing world.

The Strategic Advisory Board will meet semi-annually. The first meeting was held in Boston on November 15. The next meeting will be held in Denver in 2008.

Pearson Strategic Advisory Board Members:

  • Steve Acker
    Director, Learning Technologies Research and Innovation, TELR/CIO
    Associate Professor of Journalism and Communication
    The Ohio State University
  • Lanny Arvan
    CIO and Associate Dean for eLearning, College of Business
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Cathie Atkins
    Professor and Associate Dean, College of Sciences
    Director of People, Information and Communication Technology
    Qualcomm Institute for Innovation and Educational Success
    San Diego State University
  • Brian Douglas
    Chief Technology Officer and Director of Operations
  • Myk Garn
    Executive Director, Kentucky Virtual University
  • Darcy Hardy
    Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
    Executive Director, UT TeleCampus
    The University of Texas System
  • Denise Kirkpatrick
    Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning & Teaching
    The Open University
  • Ed Klonoski
    Executive Director
    Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium
  • Joanne Kossuth
    Associate Vice President for Development and Chief Information Officer
    Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Michelle Lamberson
    Director, Office of Learning Technology
    University of British Columbia
  • Frederic Litto
    President, Brazil Distance Learning Association
  • Tom Maier
    Vice Chancellor for Information and Instructional Technology/CIO
    Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
  • Sue McKnight
    Director of Libraries and Knowledge Resources
    Nottingham Trent University
  • Anne Moore
    Associate Vice President for Learning Technologies and Director of Information Technologies
    Virginia Tech
  • Robert Olin
    Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
    The University of Alabama
  • David Poldoian
    President and Chief Operating Officer, Online Learning Division
    Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
  • William (Willie) H. Pritchard
    Faculty, Academic Coordinator for Distance Learning
    DeAnza College
  • Richard M. Rhodes
    El Paso Community College Note:
About Pearson
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson (NYSE: PSO) is the global leader in educational publishing, providing research-based print and digital programs to help students of all ages learn at their own pace, in their own way.  The company is home to such renowned publishing brands as Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Longman, Allyn & Bacon, Benjamin Cummings, Custom Publishing and others.  Pearson recently acquired eCollege, the nation’s leading provider of comprehensive eLearning technology and services to the education industry.  Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.

Date: 11/26/07