Laura K. Ipsen Joins Ellucian as President and CEO

Board appoints experienced cloud executive to lead higher education software provider

Published Monday, December 11, 2017 - Reston, Va.

Ellucian, the leading provider of software and services built to power higher education, announced today that Laura K. Ipsen has joined the company as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Ipsen has more than 25 years of experience as a technology executive, working to drive transformation in the public and private sectors and spur adoption of comprehensive solutions in high-growth industries.

Ipsen joins Ellucian from Oracle Corporation, where she most recently served as general manager and senior vice president for Oracle Marketing Cloud—leading all customer-facing aspects, including sales, account management, marketing, and customer services. Previously, Ipsen served as corporate vice president of Microsoft’s worldwide public sector organization, where she led a team of more than 2,000 sales and marketing professionals serving government, education, and non-privatised healthcare customers in more than 100 countries.

“Ellucian’s strong management team and thousands of employees are passionate about supporting their institutional customers and the students they serve,” said Ellucian Executive Chairman, Pete Sinisgalli, who has overseen Ellucian’s executive team during the search for a CEO and will continue to serve on its board of directors. “I am confident that, with Laura’s global perspective and first-hand understanding of cloud transformation, we become even better equipped to deliver the same high-quality service and innovation that Ellucian is known for.”

Ipsen’s experience includes more than a decade at Cisco Systems, where she led an effort to transform how the world manages energy supplies and build smart-grid solutions for utilities around the world. She has also held leadership roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Acer America and Hitachi Data Systems.

“As the daughter of parents who spent their careers at colleges and universities, I find Ellucian’s singular focus on higher education to be incredibly compelling,” said Ipsen. “I truly believe that cloud delivery, combined with new integration pathways and data models, has tremendous potential to help institutions transform the student experience to one that is more connected, more personalised and more powerful. So I’m thrilled to lead this passionate team as it helps evolve the higher ed landscape.”

Currently serving on the board of Monsanto, Ipsen is the past chair of the board of the Washington, D.C.-based Information Technology Industry Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia and studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Jordan. She is also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, Silicon Valley Chapter.

“In the past year, Ellucian has taken meaningful steps in becoming a next-generation company, with the introduction of a comprehensive suite of cloud-ready solutions, integrated analytics, and the first data model designed solely for higher education,” said Ellucian Board Member Tim Millikin, of TPG Capital. “Laura’s appreciation for the cloud customer experience and her track record of developing and executing on innovative strategies make her a great fit to lead Ellucian. We’re very excited to welcome her to the team.”


About Ellucian

Ellucian is the technology leader of software and services powering higher education forward. More than 2,500 institutions in almost 50 countries rely on Ellucian to help enable the mission of higher education for over 18 million students. Ellucian provides a broad and versatile portfolio of solutions, including student information systems (SIS), finance and HR, recruiting, retention, analytics and advancement software solutions.

With more than 1,400 institutions subscribing to unique deployments of Ellucian’s cloud services and SaaS offerings, the company is one of the largest providers of cloud-based solutions to colleges and universities. Ellucian also supports the higher education community with a range of professional services, such as application software implementation, training, education, and management consulting. Visit Ellucian at

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