Jay Bhatt is the president and chief executive officer at Blackboard, where he couples his professional experience with a strong passion for education. Jay works to position the company to higher education institutions, K-12 districts and professional education organizations around the world as a strategic partner that is helping to transform the educational experience through technology and innovative ideas.
Jay has a deep background in building and growing software and technology companies, spanning early-stage, privately held businesses to more mature public corporations. He is also a former teacher with a passion for Blackboard’s mission of building a better educational experience for everyone.
Before joining Blackboard in 2012, Jay served as president and chief executive officer at Progress Software (NASDAQ: PRGS). Prior to his role at Progress, he was the senior vice president of the global architecture, engineering and construction solutions division at Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK). In this role, Jay oversaw software development, marketing, product management, product design, business development and finance, and human resources.
Jay joined Autodesk through the acquisition of Buzzsaw.com, a privately held, cloud-based software company, where he was chief financial officer and senior vice president of business development. Before Buzzsaw.com, Jay worked as an investment banker and transactional attorney.
Jay holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jay Bhatt in the News
Blackboard's Jay Bhatt Strikes Up the Brass Band
edSurge, July 23 2014
Blackboard CEO Jay Bhatt on the Global Future of Edtech
Xconomy.com, June 2 2014
Blackboard has upended its corporate strategy and structure
Washington Post, Jan. 26 2014
The Download: Blackboard makes first acquisition under CEO Jay Bhatt
Washington Post, Jan. 16 2014
Right for the Consumer
Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 15 2014
Blackboard Acquires MyEdu to cut down on number of unemployed college grads
VentureBeat, Jan. 15, 2014
What's the future of education technology?
Bloomberg TV, Jan. 6 2014
Rebuilding Blackboard: How Jay Bhatt Plans to Resurrect One of D.C.’s Original Tech Startups
Washington Business Journal, July 26, 2013
A New Blackboard? 4 Ways the Ed Tech Giant’s New CEO Hopes to Win Back Market Share
Gigaom, July 12, 2013
Blackboard May Double or Triple Spending on Software
Chronicle of Higher Education, July 11, 2013