Dear partners and innovators,
Today — Aug. 1 — is a big day in Education Design Lab history, as Founder Kathleen deLaski officially hands the management reigns to Bill Hughes, our new President + CEO.
Kathleen began prototyping the Lab in 2012 with a passionate group of higher ed innovators and incorporated as a national nonprofit in 2013. When Kathleen decided in early 2021 that she wanted to encourage a new generation of executive leadership, the Lab’s Board began a national search and chose Bill to succeed Kathleen. He began as President last fall, and takes over as CEO today. Kathleen will remain involved as Board Chair and as a senior advisor.
We mark this transition with brief letters from both leaders.
"Bill has already enriched our lives since joining as President last October. He brings wide and deep experience in ed tech, digital transformation, organizational change management, and even micro-credentialing, which as a new field and a signature strategy for the Lab, is very lucky for us. And most importantly, he has a huge passion for rewiring the broken pipeline between school and work that has left 60% of American adults without the 'golden ticket' … a college degree."
"I am honored Kathleen has entrusted me to lead the Lab through this transition from groundbreaking start-up to an organization that fully realizes its potential for impact and transformation at the intersection of learning and work. I look forward to expanding and applying the Lab’s discoveries and learnings in an evolving skills-based ecosystem that is more important than ever before."