As President of Blackboard's teaching and learning division, Ray oversees product development, client success and support.
He formerly led ANGEL Learning's product strategy, product development and go-to-market efforts. His more than 20 years of experience in educational publishing and technology platform development shape a vision where the customer experience is paramount and the customer voice is integral to product development.
Ray began his pursuit of technology platform development while Earth & Space Sciences editor at Pearson, where he developed Companion Websites™, the first major brand of internet products in higher education. He went on to lead product development at eCollege®, an early pioneer in the learning management system arena. Prior to joining Blackboard in 2009, Ray led ANGEL Learning's product strategy, product development and go-to-market efforts and served as president for digital product development at Pearson Education where he assisted in developing several industry leading online learning brands and the technology and operational organizations required to support them on a global scale in the market. These included Course Compass™, InformIT™, MyMathLab and related products.
Ray has a strong interest in affecting industry collaborations. As a founding board member of Safari Books Online, LLC, he was instrumental in creating a highly successful joint venture for digital reference products between O’Reilly and Pearson. As an advocate for open standards for online courseware development, Ray conceptualized the Common Cartridge standard. He serves on the board of directors for the IMS Global Learning Consortium educational standards body where he persists in developing this and other educational technology standards.
Ray is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with degrees in philosophy and biology.
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