Executive Leadership

  • John F. Speer IIIPresident & Chief Executive Officer

    John F. Speer III is president and chief executive officer of Ellucian. Previously Mr. Speer was president and chief executive of Datatel, Inc. since August 2006. He has more than 28 years of experience in the higher education technology community, personally helping hundreds of colleges and universities manage change through the implementation of advanced information management systems. In 2010, Mr. Speer was recognized by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year for Greater Washington. He has also provided technology strategic planning for reaffirmation visiting committees for the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

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  • Kevin BoyceSenior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

    As senior vice president and chief financial officer for Ellucian, Kevin M. Boyce oversees the company’s global operations in finance, accounting, tax, treasury, legal, information technology, and corporate development. He also plays a senior role in its strategic growth initiatives. In 2010, the Northern Virginia Technology Council named Mr. Boyce the Private Company CFO of the Year for the Washington D.C. area.

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  • Mark JonesSenior Vice President & Chief Product Officer

    As senior vice president and chief product officer for Ellucian, Mark Jones is responsible for ensuring that the company’s current product offerings meet and exceed our customers’ expectations, and that future products create even greater value on the basis of evolving requirements within the higher education market. Previously Mr. Jones served as chief client officer for Datatel, Inc. having joined the company in September 2010, bringing over 20 years of higher education software experience spanning both administrative and academic technology.

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  • John KopckeSenior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

    As senior vice president and chief technology officer for Ellucian, John Kopcke is responsible for creating and leading the company’s technology vision, strategy, direction, and delivery globally. He has more than thirty-five years of experience developing technology solutions.

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  • Mike WallesenSenior Vice President & Chief Services Officer

    As senior vice president and chief services officer, Mike Wallesen is responsible for all Ellucian services and support. Mr. Wallesen’s teams provide services to maximize operational efficiencies, enhance communication and collaboration, and facilitate learning at colleges and universities around the world.

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  • Michael BetzSenior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer

    As senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Michael Betz leads Ellucian's global marketing strategy and operations. Mr. Betz and his team are responsible for growing the Ellucian brand, marketing its portfolio of award-winning products and services, and partnering with the sales and product development teams to develop customer insights. Through these efforts, Mr. Betz and his team are committed to demonstrating how Ellucian can help its customers succeed and thrive in today's changing higher education landscape.

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  • Holly C. KortrightSenior Vice President of People

    As senior vice president of people, Holly Kortright is responsible for leading the global human resources function at Ellucian. In this role, she drives the company’s human capital management strategy—including talent acquisition and development, compensation and benefits, and employee engagement programs—in support of Ellucian’s mission to ensure our clients’ success.

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  • Paul J. CunninghamSenior Vice President, Customer Relationships

    Paul Cunningham is the senior vice president of customer relationships at Ellucian. In his current role, he is responsible for leading our team focused on developing and managing world-class relationships with new and existing customers.

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  • Jonathan GarnettSenior Vice President - EMEAI/Asia Pacific Customer Relationships

    Jonathan Garnett is responsible for driving Ellucian’s international growth and customer satisfaction throughout Europe, Middle East, Africa, India, and Asia Pacific regions.

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  • Jorge GreenSenior Vice President – Latin America/Caribbean Customer Relationships

    Jorge Green is responsible for Ellucian’s growing operations in the Latin America & Caribbean region. In this capacity, he leads customer relationship and services delivery teams to support customer success in this important region.

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  • Jack KramerSenior Vice President – Customer Perspective

    Jack Kramer is senior vice president, customer perspective, and is responsible for making sure Ellucian’s customers experience the highest levels of satisfaction with the products and services we deliver and for identifying and implementing improvements that will bring additional value to our customers.

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  • Dr. Bill GravesSenior Vice President – Academic Strategy

    Dr. William H. Graves provides guidance for Ellucian’s ongoing initiatives to support and advance clients’ core academic missions. He has long believed postsecondary educational attainment to be a “common good” essential to humanity’s future, yet unsustainable without using IT as a game changer to scale up credential “completions,” while also making them mutually affordable to all beneficiaries. Bill’s numerous publications and presentations accordingly foresee an academic enterprise more open, scalable, and broadly affordable than today’s.

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  • Toby WilliamsSenior Vice President – Corporate Development

    As senior vice president of corporate development, Toby Williams leads Ellucian’s corporate and business development initiatives focused on both partnerships and acquisitions. Mr. Williams joined Ellucian in 2011 as vice president of corporate development. He came to Ellucian from payroll and HR technology leader Paychex (PAYX), where he led M&A and corporate development.

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  • Jim BennettSenior Vice President & General Counsel

    As senior vice president and general counsel for Ellucian, Jim Bennett is responsible for managing the legal affairs of the company and in so doing, works closely with public and private universities around the world.

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