Nerdy: Bill Hansen
Bill Hansen

St Louis, Missouri-based live online learning platform Nerdy has appointed former US deputy secretary of education William ‘Bill’ D Hansen as senior advisor, institutional strategy, to help support its efforts to build and scale its K12 institutional offerings.

Hansen will advise the company on the development and optimisation of its products and market strategies to expand its services to wider populations of students, promoting the efficacy of supplemental learning, and raising awareness with policymakers and decision-makers at a national level.

Hansen served as US deputy secretary of education from 2001 to 2003. From 1993 until his appointment as deputy secretary, he was president and chief executive of the Education Finance Council, which works to expand educational opportunities for students to pursue postsecondary education. He also served on several state and national boards and commissions on reforming elementary and secondary schools.

Hansen was most recently chief executive and president of Strada Education Network, formerly USAFunds, a national non-profit dedicated to strengthening the pathways between education and employment. Before that he was president and chairman of assessment tools  company Scantron, as well as chief executive of Madison Education Group and various leadership positions at Chartwell Education Group, both education-related consulting firms.

Chuck Cohn, Nerdy’s founder, chairman and chief executive, said: “We are fortunate to have an accomplished leader of Bill’s calibre and experience serving as a senior advisor to our team. He deeply understands the needs of schools and students around the country and brings invaluable insight and knowledge about how to scale our solutions to help students at a national scale.”

Hansen commented: “An abundance of data tells us that high-dosage tutoring is highly effective at delivering outcomes for students. Partnering with Nerdy, the leader in delivering high-quality live online instruction at scale, puts me in a position to help expand effective solutions that address the incredible challenges and opportunities schools are facing during this unprecedented time. Administrators, teachers, students, and parents are in need of new tools and resources to support their unique learning objectives, and I’ve found Varsity Tutors and its learning platform as a service offering and AI-enabled investments to be especially well-positioned to help school districts solve important problems.”

Date published: 7 January 2022

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