An engineering graduate from University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA in management from University of Golden Gate, San Francisco, Mr. Agarwal, has over 30 years of experience in business strategic planning & implementation, managing design & manufacturing operations, marketing & global supply change, and in restructuring inefficient operations. After managing several operations in USA and overseas, he strongly believes the change is inevitable and the true solutions always come from innovations in our mental thought processes, methodologies, operational processes, and technologies.
Distinguished career of Peter Smith, Ed.D., in higher education includes serving as founding president of both California State University Monterey Bay and the Community College of Vermont. He currently holds a five-year term as the Orkand Endowed Chair and Professor of Innovative Practices in Higher Education at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). As a founding president of California State University Monterey Bay, (1995-2005), he was responsible for building the university from the ground up. He guided the institution through all stages of accreditation and raised nearly $100 million from external sources for the development of academic buildings and programs.
In 2005, as an Assistant Director General for Education for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (2005), in Paris, France, Dr. Smith led an organization of 700 professionals in more than 30 countries. In 2007, as a senior vice president for academic strategies and development, he used no-cost Open Educational Resources to support learners who work toward a competency-based degree in Professional Studies. As a founding president of Open College at Kaplan University, Dr. Smith was responsible for development and implementation of initiatives to improve academic quality, including a set of policies that are considered the gold standard for online and blended learning. As a dean of the George Washington University of Education and Human Development (1991-1994), Dr. Smith led the school to become one of the leading professional schools in the Mid-Atlantic region and among the top 50 in America. As a state senator of state of Vermont (1980-82) and as Lt. Governor (1982-86) and (1989-1990), Dr. Smith served as U.S. House of Representatives as Congressman-at-Large from Vermont. While in Congress, Dr. Smith was a member of the Education and Labor and Government Operations committees and served on the post-secondary education subcommittee.
In 1969, Smith became the first president to establish Community College of Vermont. Where, he also created the Office of External Programs, to develop the External Baccalaureate Degree program for non-traditional students and a portfolio assessment program for evaluating students' experiential learning accrued outside of college.
Dr. Smith is an author of multiple books - 1) Free-Range Learning in the Digital Age: The Emerging Revolution in College, Career, and Learning (Selectbooks, New York, June, 2018); 2) Harnessing America's Wasted Talent: A New Ecology of Learning (Jossey-Bass. San Francisco. January 2010); 3) The Quiet Crisis: How Higher Education Is Failing America (Anker Publications, Bolton Mass., 2004. (Grandberg Award winner); 4) Your Hidden Credentials. The Value of learning Outside College (Acropolis Books Washington, D.C. 1986).
Dr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University (1968) and Doctor of Education in Administration Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University (1984). He serves on the Boards of NCHEMS, NC-Sara, Vermonth College of Fine Arts, Strada Adv. Council on the Future of Work, and Association of Governing Boards-Senior Fellow.
Jarrod Morgan is the Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of ProctorU, a leading educational technology company focused on online proctoring, removing barriers to learning, and pushing the standards of online testing and security beyond what was previously possible. A leader in the field since its inception, Jarrod was quick to see the potential for online education but recognized the need for trust in its integrity. An insatiable entrepreneur, Jarrod designed the original prototype, served as the company's first proctor, and drove the present-day definition for accredited online knowledge verification. Beyond his drive to create a company, Jarrod has dedicated the entirety of his professional life to advancing the credibility and value of merits earned online.
Paul Livingston is an educational entrepreneur, EdTech advisor and a systems analyst and leadership consultant for PreK - 20 educational institutions. Paul was a Superintendent in MA for over 20 years having previously been a School Business Manager. Trained as a Baldrige Examiner, he went on to use these skills in MA school systems receiving a 2006 Commitment to Excellence Award from MassExcellence and recognition by the Rennie Center, ASCD, and the Coalition of Essential Schools. Paul holds a B.A. in Music and Music Education from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, an M.A. in Educational Administration from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Boston College.
Ildi Morris has been successful in developing the strategy and design of online and onsite training programs for both academic and corporate organizations. Most recently she managed and facilitated the edX Studio training and enablement programs for organizations building courses on edx.org. Prior to edX, she was Director of Training at Memento/FIS where she developed their customized software training program and worked for Convergys Learning Solutions as a Consultant for Fortune 500 companies. She has also developed and facilitated online professional development courses for K-12 teachers and leaders and started her career at WGBH working with The American Experience history series. Ildi received her B.A. in History and Philosophy from Boston University, and her Ed.M. in Technology in Education from Harvard University. In her free time, she can be found skiing or hiking with her family in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.