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” dependent on IT-enabled strategies as leverage 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 stakeholders – students, governments, and institutions.
Before Ellucian, Graves served the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 30 years 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 both Internet2 and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. Now he serves on governing or advisory organizations for Antioch University, the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science, the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the National Center for Academic Transformation, the IMS Global Learning Consortium, AASCU’s Red Balloon Project, and the International Association of University Presidents.