Matthew Pittinsky (Ph.D. '08) is Chief Executive Officer of Parchment
Inc., a Scottsdale, Arizona-based company that markets Docufide.com, a
web-based, password-protected transcript exchange network that allows
participating high schools, higher-education institutions and employers
to securely share electronic transcripts. Parchment.com is the company’s
free, web-based service that helps transcript owners (students) to
establish a secure credential account and to put their data to work in
the college admissions process—for example, by identifying institutions
where they are most likely to be accepted and to thrive.
Pittinsky received his doctorate from TC's Sociology and Education program, which was then in the College's Department of Human Development and is now in its Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis.
Peviously, in 1997, he co-founded Blackboard Inc., serving first as
Chief Executive Officer and then Executive Chairman. Millions of
students across the world use Blackboard technologies. He left
Blackboard in 2008 to teach and conduct research as an Assistant
Professor of Sociology in Arizona State University’s (ASU) School of
Social and Family Dynamics, but remained Chairman of Blackboard’s Board of Directors until 2011, when
the company was sold to Providence Equity for $1.7 billion and taken
private. Pittinsky serves on the Board of Trustees of The Woodrow
Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. In 2012 he received President’s
Medal of Excellence to recognize his impact and innovation in the field
of education technology and entrepreneurship.
Learn about TC's Department of Math, Science & Technology, which also produces many technology entrepreneurs.
Published Friday, Oct. 18, 2013