Matthew Pittinsky

Chief Executive Officer

Matthew Pittinsky, Ph.D.

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Matthew brings to Parchment a unique background as both an education technology entrepreneur and a sociologist of education.  In 1997 he co-founded Blackboard Inc., serving first as Chief Executive Officer and then Executive Chairman. Millions of students across the world use Blackboard technologies.

Matthew is on the faculty of Arizona State University, serves on the Board of Trustees of The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and is leading a national effort to establish a national, standardized Postsecondary Achievement Report (PAR), a digital “extended transcript” that would more fully record student achievement and knowledge during their higher education experience.

In 2012 the Teachers College at Columbia University awarded Matthew with The President’s Medal of Excellence to recognize his impact and innovation in the field of education technology and entrepreneurship. He is a frequent speaker, and has recently been invited to present at NewSchools Summit, Association of American Universities meeting, National Association for College Admission Counseling National Conference and SXSWedu.

Matthew holds a B.S. in Political Science from American University, Ed.M. in Education Policy from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. in Sociology of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Presentations by Matthew:

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New School Venture Venture Fund

Chief Academic Officers Meeting, American Association of Universities

September 10, 2013; Long Beach, CA

National Association for College Admission Counseling Annual Meeting

September 19, 2013 Toronto, Canada

Morrison Institute, Arizona State University

The State of the State Conference
November 19, 2013, Phoenix, AZ

ATP: Association of Test Publishers

“The Impact of Digitation in the Education and Certification/Licensure Credentialing Markets”
March 4, Phoenix, AZ


“Enabling Stackable Credentials: The Future is Now”
March 3-6, Austin TX

ACE: American Council on Education

“Turning Credentials into Opportunities: Innovations in Documenting the Postsecondary Experience”
March 10, San Diego, CA

UPCEA: University Professional & Continuing Education Association

“Where is Credentialing Going?”
March 26, Miami, FL

AERA: American Education Research Association

April 3, Philadelphia, PA

AACC: American Association of Community Colleges

“Turning Credentials into Opportunities: Enhancing Market Value Through Alternative Credentials”
April 4-8, Washington, D.C.

ASU + GSV Summit

April 21 – 23, Scottsdale, AZ

New York Times Schools for Tomorrow Conference

Sept 9, 2014, New York City

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