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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. 

Kathleen writes:

"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."

Bill writes:

"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."

Read the letters from Bill Hughes + Kathleen deLaski
The Lab's first design challenge at George Mason University in January 2014. 
Passing the baton: Reflections from our Founder

The Education Design Lab began as an experiment ... morphed into a movement ... and became a "community of committed social entrepreneurs where I had my favorite job ever and met many of my best friends."

To honor all the innovators who inspired and grew the Lab, Founder and outgoing CEO Kathleen deLaski chronicles the Lab's history and influencers along the way. "My ending is a handoff, a book with many more chapters to be written."
Read Kathleen's reflections
The Lab is gathering this week in Washington, D.C., for Home Week — a reunion and retreat to help our growing team thrive in the months and years ahead. We'll be sharing photos and videos across our social channels, including Instagram and TikTok.
We're hiring!
The Lab is seeking nominations and applications for our first-ever Senior Director of People + Culture. This new leader will join the leadership team to synthesize the Lab’s mission and culture with systems and processes that support Lab staff in their professional growth and development. Monday Morning Consultants is leading this search. For more details, read the full job description and visit
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