By Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO, Coursera
Partners power Coursera. It is their expertise, content, and credentials that bring over 110 million learners to the platform to transform their lives. As we continue to expand these valuable partnerships and the job-relevant content on Coursera, I’m pleased to welcome Marni Baker Stein as our new Chief Content Officer, starting December 19, 2022.
Marni will be responsible for deepening our relationships with our 275+ university and industry partners. She’ll work closely with them on content and credential innovations that will increase access, align with job market demands, and meet learners where they are. She brings more than 25 years of experience producing and scaling online and hybrid education programs to Coursera.
Most recently, Marni was Chief Academic Officer and Provost at Western Governors University (WGU), where she led its four colleges and served more than 135,000 students with programs that improved access and affordability without compromising academic quality. Prior to WGU, she held several leadership positions focused on access, student success, and program design at institutions such as the University of Texas System, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania. She also has roots in international education and institution building through her work with the United States Information Agency in Latvia, Turkey, and Japan. She earned her PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
As Marni comes aboard, I’d like to thank Betty Vandenbosch for her tireless work as Chief Content Officer for Coursera. She joined at the height of the pandemic and, under her leadership, Coursera’s catalog of job-relevant degrees more than doubled while the number of certificate programs grew by 4x. We’re incredibly grateful for her contributions to our learners and partners around the world. Betty has decided to move on from her role but will still serve as an advisor to Coursera.
Marni’s impressive background combined with her experience in industry and university collaboration and nontraditional pathways will help us serve learners around the world in new, innovative ways. Please join me in extending her a warm welcome to Coursera.