Online Learning Update

December 4, 2017

UMass names former Pearson executive to oversee online courses

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

By Don Seiffert, Boston Business Journal

The University of Massachusetts has named the former president of Pearson North America to head up its online course offerings. Don Kilburn has been named CEO of UMassOnline, a venture that was launched in 2001. Last year UMassOnline had 75,565 students enrolled, up 7 percent from the previous year, and revenues of more than $100 million for the first time. Online enrollment at UMass has risen 39 percent in the past five years, as revenues have grown 47 percent in the same time. Kilburn, 61, has been president of North America at London-based Pearson plc since January 2014, according to Bloomberg. While Pearson North America has its headquarters in New York City, Kilburn lived in Massachusetts.

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