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Charles Thornburgh

CEO and Founder
Civitas Learning

Charles founded Civitas Learning with a vision of making the most of the world’s learning data. The company partners with forward-thinking colleges and universities, providing a cloud-based predictive analytics platform and engaging applications to measurably improve student learning, persistence and completion. Civitas Learning currently partners with more than 75 leading institutions reaching more than 2.7 million students.

Charles discovered his passion for education while teaching high school students during his undergraduate days at Stanford, and upon graduating translated that passion into the founding of multiple, successful education start-ups.

His career has focused on using technology to improve access and efficacy in a variety of educational environments, and his earliest businesses included, an online safety training company, and, the first rich-media, diagnostic and prescriptive test prep tutoring application online. Kaplan acquired his business in 2002 and retained him as In-House Entrepreneur for the next nine years, during which he launched several successful businesses and innovative products.He is a former director on the Education Board of the Software and Information Industry Association. He is listed on “16 People Changing the Landscape of Online Education Forever” by Find Education Online.