University Networks Advisory Board

University Networks has compiled a diverse board of dynamic figures that have made great impacts in digital education to guide the mission of digitizing higher education. This critical challenge will enable ongoing competitiveness, particularly in transitioning to the new emerging world of work, improving university efficiency and effectiveness, and increase access, cost, and opportunity for under represented populations.


Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works. Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT’s Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching.  He is also the 2016 recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize for Higher Education, which recognized his work in advancing the MOOC movement. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and is an author of the textbook “Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits.” Scientific American selected his work on organic computing as one of 10 World- Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes’ list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. Anant, a pioneer in computer architecture, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the ACM.
Katy Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Professor of Engineering and Information Science at the School of Informatics and Computing, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, Core Faculty of Cognitive Science, Research Affiliate of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research and Biocomplexity Institute, Member of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory, Leader of the Information Visualization Lab, and Founding Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and Visiting Professor at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in The Netherlands. She is a curator of the international Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit. She holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology in Leipzig, 1991 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern, 1997. She became an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow in 2012.

John Galvin is the vice president of Intel’s worldwide Government and Education group. In his role, Galvin sets the global vision and strategy for collaborating with governments to accelerate social and economic development through sustainable technology solutions. John’s global team of experts works across Intel’s diverse business units as well as its global network of partners and strategic alliances to provide compelling technology solutions to support governments’visions of transformation and growth in areas including e-governance, health, innovative entrepreneurship and digital government platforms. John is a global education expert, having pioneered Intel’s education strategy and holistic solutions to educational outcomes with educators, students, publishers, and education partners around the world. Prior to his current role, Galvin was a senior leader in the Corporate Marketing Group where he served as the director of partner marketing, and market research. Before joining Intel in 1995, Galvin spent 10 years working in technology distribution in various capacities including sales, marketing, and operations. Galvin earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach

Casey Green is the founding director of  The Campus Computing Project, the largest continuing study of the role of computing, eLearning, and information technology in American higher education. Launched in 1990, Campus Computing is widely cited by both campus officials and corporate executives as a definitive source for data, information, and insight about eLearning and information technology planning and policy issues affecting U.S. colleges and universities.  Green is the author/co-author or editor of 20 books and published research reports and more than 100 articles and commentaries that have appeared in academic journals and professional publications. His award-winning Digital Tweed blog is published by Inside Higher Ed.  Green also serves as co-producer and moderator of To A Degree, the postsecondary success podcast of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  In October 2002 Green received the first EDUCAUSE Award for Leadership in Public Policy and Practice. The EDUCAUSE award cites his work in creating The Campus Computing Project and recognizes his “prominence in the arena of national and international technology agendas, and the linking of higher education to those agendas.”
 Sally M. Johnstone serves as the President of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), a not-for profit organization known throughout the U.S. and internationally for turning data into knowledge to support strategic decision-making at institutions and agencies of higher education. Prior to joining NCHEMS, she served as a vice president at Western Governors University where she led projects guiding community colleges in the development of competency-based education. Dr. Johnstone has also served as a provost at a public, comprehensive university, as the executive of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s WCET, and as a faculty member. She serves
on the U.S. UNESCO Commission, and on the editorial boards for Change magazine (USA) and the Journal of Open Learning (UK). She is also the founding editor of the Journal of Competency-Based Education and leads the new Foundation for Student Success, dedicated to reducing equity gaps for students through intensive inter-institutional mentoring projects. Dr. Johnstone has written dozens of articles, books, and reports on issues of integrating effective new practices into academics. She has managed workshops, served on study groups, and given speeches throughout North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. She earned her baccalaureate and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech and her Ph. D. in experimental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
 Dr. Mark David Milliron is Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning, an organization committed to helping the education field bring together the best of emerging technology, data science, and design thinking to help students learn well and finish strong on education pathways. An award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, he has worked with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. In previous roles, Mark served as the Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; founding Chancellor of WGU Texas; Endowed Fellow and Director of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development at The University of Texas at Austin; Vice President for Education and Medical Practice with SAS; and President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College.  He is a member of numerous boards and advisory groups, including the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the Global Online Academy, and the Texas Student Success Council. Past board service includes the American Council on Education (ACE), the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and Western Governors University. Regardless of all of his activities and accomplishments, he will quickly tell you that the most important job and the greatest blessing in his life is serving as Julia’s husband, and as a father to Alexandra, Richard, Marcus, and Max.
Dr. Dror Ben-Naim, CEO and Founder of the education technology company Smart Sparrow, has spent the last decade thinking, coding, reading, and writing about adaptive e-learning. He’s a big believer in empowering teachers with great technology that inspires them to teach better. Prior to founding Smart Sparrow, he led a research group in the field of Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Educational Data Mining at UNSW in Sydney, where he earned his PhD in A.I. and Education and B.Sc. in Physics and Computer Science. Today, he’s a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University’s teachers college and Associate Director of ASU’s Center for Education Through eXploration (ETX). 
Matthew Sigelman is CEO of Burning Glass Technologies, a leading labor market analytics firm. For more than a decade, he has led Burning Glass in harnessing the power of data to deliver artificial intelligence technologies that have helped fill millions of jobs. Burning Glass data drives initiatives for
more than a dozen state and national governments, as well as educational institutions and major employers. Matt is consulted frequently by national media, by researchers, and the White House. He served previously with McKinsey & Company and Capital One. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard.
  Deborah Quazzo is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Acceleration Fund, a venture capital fund investing in great entrepreneurs and their companies in the $55B learning and talent technology sector. GSV Accelerlation’s portfolio includes Andela, Clever, ClassDojo, Course Hero, CreativeLive, Degreed, Lightneer, Pluralsight, Raise, and Turnitin, among others. Previously Deborah co-founded GSV Advisors, a boutique advisory firm focused on learning and human capital technology companies. She also co-founded the annual ASU GSV Summit. This event, now in its 8th year, with over 3,500 in attendance, celebrates innovations and innovators across the global “preK to Gray” learning and talent landscape. She previously co-founded ThinkEquity Partners, a boutique technology-focused investment bank, which was acquired in 2007 by a UK firm. Prior to that, she was a Managing Director in Investment Banking and head of the Global Growth Group at Merrill Lynch & Co. She began her career at J.P Morgan.Deborah currently serves on the board of Degreed, Lightneer, and (NASDAQ: WWWW) and is a board observer at ClassDojo, CreativeLive, and Raise. She is a member of the boards of The Chicago Public Education Fund, The Common Ground Foundation, KIPP: Chicago, National-Louis University, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, The Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School, and the Honorary Board of Marwen.