FAIRFAX, Va. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Ellucian, the leading independent software and services provider for higher education institutions, is pleased to announce that John F. Speer III has been appointed Chairperson of the Board of Directors. Speer will retire from the CEO role later this year and manage a smooth transition as a new CEO is appointed. He will continue in an active advisory role for the company’s senior management team and Board of Directors.
In announcing his succession plan, John Speer said, “I’ve been privileged to lead Ellucian on its mission to serve Higher Education and our path forward is clear. Over the course of my 30 year career, I feel fortunate to have been associated with such a passionate team of over 2,700 higher education experts that established Ellucian as the world’s leading provider of ERP software and services to colleges and universities. Our 2,400 clients in 40 countries are some of the most respected institutions in the world.”
Under John’s leadership, Ellucian has achieved the highest levels of customer satisfaction in the company’s history, accelerated the delivery of innovative new Ellucian XE-inspired products, and delivered cloud services to over 1400 institutions. In looking to the future, John added, “With our strategy and a strong executive team in place, Ellucian is poised for continued growth, and now is the time to transition to a Chief Executive that can lead the company to its next decade of growth.”
Brad Henske, current Chairperson of the Board of Ellucian, and Managing Director of private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, Ellucian’s majority shareholder, said, “We are so grateful for John’s leadership in building Ellucian into the market leader in Higher Education technology. He successfully brought the former Datatel and Sungard Higher Ed business together into one company. His accomplishments have positioned Ellucian for sustained growth, and we fully support the long-term strategy that John crafted, as well as the Executive Team that he has built.” Henske, who will remain on the Ellucian Board, added, “We are very pleased that John will continue his active involvement with Ellucian as Chairperson of the Board.”
Ellucian continues to deliver on its investments in product innovation and customer support that have helped it achieve its leadership in Higher Education technology. With its industry leading Mobile application, a new state-of-the art student registration release, and integrated student planning capability, Ellucian is executing on its XE strategy and extending its leadership in Higher Education enterprise software. To meet the new and emerging challenges faced by colleges and universities, Ellucian recently announced new offerings for student success and continuing education/workforce development.
Ellucian helps education institutions thrive in an open and dynamic world. We deliver a broad portfolio of technology solutions, developed in collaboration with a global education community, and provide strategic guidance to help education institutions of all kinds navigate change, achieve greater transparency, and drive efficiencies. More than 2,400 institutions in 40 countries around the world look to Ellucian for the ideas and insights that will move education forward, helping people everywhere discover their futures through learning. Visit Ellucian at www.ellucian.com, follow Ellucian on Twitter (@EllucianInc), and like Ellucian on Facebook (/EllucianInc).
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