Chair: Rosalyn M. King, Northern Virginia Community College
| Vice Chair: Heather R. Parker, Saint Leo University-Fl
| Secretary: Sushma Shukla,Virginia International University
| Director: Brian Jacobs, panOpen-CT/NY
| Director: Longqing Li, Christopher Newport University-VA
| Director: Jia Yu, Christopher Newport University-VA
| Liaison: Catie Bridges, Potomac State College-WVU
| Liaison: Irene J. Dabrowski, St. John's University-NY
| Liaison: Satarupa Das, Montgomery College-MD
| Liaison: Philip C. Dolce, Bergen Community College-NJ
| Liaison: Carolyn Pevey, Germanna Community College--VA
| Liaison: Babita Srivastava, William Paterson, University-NJ
| Liaison: Katrina Spigner, Columbia College-SC
| Emeritus: Frank J. Cavaioli, Professor Emeritus, Farmingdale State, SUNY-NY
| Emeritus: Gene Grabiner, Erie Community College-New York
| Emeritus: Gerard Morin, Northern Essex Community College-Mass.
| Emeritus: George Skau, Professor Emeritus, Bergen Community College-NJ
| Emeritus: Elizabeth Wilcoxson, Northern Essex Community College-Mass.
| Emeritus: Paul Zigo, Director, World War II Era Studies Institute-New Jersey
Director: Brian Jacobs, panOpen-CT/NY
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Founder & CEO
Brian Jacobs, Ph.D., is an education entrepreneur and independent scholar. For the past 18 years, he has devoted his career to making instructional content more accessible and effective for students, faculty, and institutions nationwide. During his time as both a student and professor of political philosophy at Cornell University, Dr. Jacobs saw first-hand the pedagogical challenges of the traditional textbooks. In 1999, he launched his first company, Akademos, a web-based company that focuses on new models of distributing physical and digital course materials.
After leading Akademos for more than 12 years, Dr. Jacobs left his operating role to found panOpen. Previously, Dr. Jacobs was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for German Cultural Studies, both at Cornell University. He received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, University of Goettingen, and Yale University. He has published numerous articles in his academic field, including co-editing Essays on Kant’s Anthropology, (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and on the topic of educational content and open educational resources. He’s currently a mentor at New York University’s StartEd Accelerator for early stage education technology companies. He has also been a mentor in the Edge EdTech Accelerator and for Techstar’s “Risingstars” program. He has an especially strong interest in supporting students studying in the humanities and social sciences in making a transition to the business world. Dr. Jacobs earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in English and political science from the State University of New York at Albany, and a doctorate in political philosophy and social theory from Cornell University.
Dr. Jacobs lives in Connecticut with his family. He’s an avid cyclist and active member of the Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club, for which he is a ride leader and volunteer.