2U / edX Creates Two University Advisory Councils Following the Former Partners’ Board

IBL News | New York

2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU), the parent company of edX, announced yesterday the creation of two university advisory councils to help further the company’s mission and business strategy.

The University Leadership Council (ULC) includes presidents, provosts, and chancellors from 230 nonprofit colleges and universities. This council is a reconstitution of the former edX Advisory Board.

Their members include:

  • Cynthia Barnhart, Provost, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Malte Brettel, Vice Rector, RWTH Aachen University
  • Chris Clemens, Provost, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Reginald DesRoches, Provost and President-Elect, Rice University
  • Wayne A.I. Frederick, President, Howard University
  • Alan Garber, Provost, Harvard University
  • Ellen Granberg, Provost, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Benjamin E. Hermalin, Provost-Elect, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jean Morrison, Provost, Boston University
  • Rob Mudde, Vice-Rector Magnificus/Vice President Education, Delft University of Technology
  • Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town
  • Jennie Shaw, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), The University of Adelaide
  • Deborah Terry AO, Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Queensland
  • Bin Yang, Provost, Tsinghua University
  • Charles Zukoski, Provost, University of Southern California


The University Partner Advisory Council (UPAC) is comprised of academic leaders, digital transformation, and education strategy managers from across the combined 2U and edX partner network.

  • Bharat N. Anand, Vice Provost, Harvard University
  • David Bach, Dean of Innovation and Programs, Institute for Management Development
  • Nelson Baker, Dean of Professional Education, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Stephanie Berzin, Vice Provost, Simmons University
  • MJ Bishop, Vice President for Integrative Learning Design, University System of Maryland
  • Larry Bouthillier, Executive Director of Extended Learning, University of British Columbia
  • Cathy Breen, Managing Director, Harvard University
  • Peter Decherny, Director of the Online Learning Initiative, University of Pennsylvania
  • Chris Dellarocas, Associate Provost, Boston University
  • James DeVaney, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, University of Michigan
  • Jim Gazzard, Director of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge
  • Jay Gladden, Associate Vice President, Indiana University
  • Eric Grimson, Chancellor for Academic Advancement, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Peter Hirst, Senior Associate Dean, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management
  • Carlos Jensen, Associate Vice-Chancellor, University of California, San Diego
  • Josh Kim, Director of Online Programs and Strategy, Dartmouth College
  • Caroline Levander, Vice President for Global and Digital Strategy, Rice University
  • Carissa Little, Associate Dean for Global and Online Education, Stanford University
  • Ian Mortimer, Associate Provost, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Mike Nichol, Associate Vice Provost, University of Southern California
  • Todd Nicolet, Vice Provost, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Oliver O’Reilly, Interim Vice Provost, University of California, Berkeley
  • Clay Shirky, Vice Provost, New York University
  • Dave Smith, Associate Provost, Pepperdine University
  • Vasanthi Srinivasan, Chairperson of Digital Learning, IIBM Institute of Business Management
  • Willem van Valkenburg, Executive Director of the Extension School, Delft University of Technology
  • Caroline Williams, Director of Open Programmes, University of Oxford
  • Kwok-yin Wong, Vice President (Education), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

“These university councils, alongside our existing Corporate Advisory Board, allow 2U and edX to further tap into our partners’ collective knowledge and experience as we build a global education platform that drives greater access to high-quality learning programs for everyone, everywhere,” said Anant Agarwal, edX founder, 2U Chief Open Education Officer, and MIT professor.