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Matthew Pittinsky
Chairman and Co-Founder
Blackboard Inc.

Trained as a social studies teacher, Blackboard Inc. chairman Matthew Pittinsky comes from a family of educators. A leading executive in education technology and e-learning, Pittinsky co-founded Blackboard in 1997 with a mission to "transform the Internet into a powerful environment for teaching and learning." Today, with 2,700 client institutions, 415 staff, 4 acquisitions, and more than $100 million in investment financing, Blackboard is considered by most industry analysts to be the leading provider of e-education systems around the world.

As chairman, Pittinsky leads Blackboard's corporate and product strategy, including the company's merger and acquisition activity, from an educator's perspective. He also serves as Blackboard's chief evangelist to the academic and financial communities, and leads the company's internal communications and culture-building activities.

Pittinsky based Blackboard's original business plan on research he conducted while a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to co-founding Blackboard, he worked as a consultant in KPMG Consulting's Higher Education practice, where he was an early participant in the EDUCAUSE IMS standards project.

In addition to his full-time responsibilities at Blackboard, Pittinsky is a doctoral candidate in the sociology of education at Columbia University Teachers College. He recently completed his first book project on e-education as editor of The Wired Tower (Prentice Hall: 2002), and serves as a contributor or commentator to numerous print, radio and television media.

Pittinsky serves on the advisory board of SMARTHINKING, an online tutoring company; Syllabus2000, an education technology forum; and the Education Board of the Software and Information Industry Association. Pittinsky is a member of the Board of Trustees of American University.

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