Dr. William H. Graves is Senior VP, Academic Strategy, at Ellucian. He helps clients develop actionable, IT-enabled strategies for measurably improving upon and accounting for mission performance. He views the postsecondary credentialing marketplace as a “common good” that is dependent on the leverage of IT for scaling up and sustaining educational justice and attainment, thereby helping to meet humanity's grand challenges. His numerous publications and presentations foresee a more open credentialing marketplace that is mutually affordable to all stakeholder beneficiaries – students, governments, institutions, and others.
During the 30 years before joining Ellucian, Graves served the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as math professor, dean, acting academic officer, senior IT officer, and founder of the Institute for Academic Technology, a joint effort with IBM. During those years he served on boards for CAUSE, EDUCAUSE, and the Coalition for Networked Information, and helped launch the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, IMS Global Learning Consortium, and Internet2. Now he serves on governing or advisory organizations for Antioch University, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science, IMS Global Learning Consortium, National Center for Academic Transformation, U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, and the International Association of University Presidents.