Naperville, Illinois-based for-profit DeVry University has appointed Robert Wrubel as its chief innovation and partnerships officer.

Wrubel is an experienced executive with Fortune 500 organisations and start-up companies in diverse categories, including online education, search engines, digital media and advertising, e-commerce and alternative health and fitness. He has worked on brands including Ask Jeeves, Apollo Group, University of Phoenix, Knowledge Adventure, Jump Start, Yoga Works, Generation Tux and zTailors.

Wrubel was previously an executive with Noodle Partners, an online programme manager delivering educational services, including marketing, enrolment, learning design, technology and student support, to US-based colleges and universities hoping to bring their programmes online. He was chief executive of HotChalk, a provider of online educational programmes and services to non-profit colleges and universities supporting business models and growth strategies, which is now owned by Noodle Partners. He was also chief innovation officer and executive vice-president at Apollo Education Group, a global online educational services company.

Tom Monahan, president and chief executive of DeVry University, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the pace of technological change in nearly every aspect of our lives. In higher education, it’s imperative that innovation is at the core of what we do in order to help learners thrive in a workforce that is shaped by technology. We are pleased to have Rob Wrubel join DeVry to drive innovation strategies and processes throughout the university, specifically with differentiated programmes and services that connect workforce needs and employer requirements in today’s technology-driven marketplace.”

Wrubel said: “I’m looking forward to joining DeVry University, with its steadfast founding in innovation and technology. With technology changing so rapidly, my focus will be to lead DeVry in breakthrough innovation – in leadership, idea development and executive, creating networks and ensuring efficient innovation processes. As the world of work is changing so rapidly by automation and next generation technology, it’s vitally important that educators embrace and keep pace with innovation in order to ensure its students are prepared for the workforce they are entering.”

Date published: 7 January 2022

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