John manages business development and strategic partnerships for Blackboard’s Student Lifecycle Services. He is responsible for building partnerships that help institutions enroll, retain, and support an increasingly diverse and dynamic student population. Prior to Blackboard, he served as EVP of Admissions and Enrollment Services for 2U, where he managed partnerships with leading universities to deliver higher education degree programs online. His responsibilities included management of a 150 member sales, admissions, and enrollment services organization across four online master’s degree programs including MAT@USC, MSW@USC, MBA@UNC, and Nursing@Georgetown. During his tenure, Kannapell launched and scaled new partner programs that delivered well-qualified candidates, increasing new student enrollment by 67% and revenue by 95%. Mr. Kannapell brings 20 years of leadership experience with proven ability to develop and scale partnerships to profitable growth. His experience includes successful partnership and business solutions for companies like Harvard Business School Publishing, Google, Liberty Global, ExxonMobil, and HBO.