William L. Ballhaus

Director Emeritus

Bill is proud to serve as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Blackboard. With his experience leading global technology businesses, Bill is deeply committed to developing an industry-leading suite of solutions and products serving students and educators, and innovating on their behalf to expand student reach and improve learning outcomes within the education community.

Prior to joining Blackboard, he served as President and CEO of SRA International, where he fostered a culture of innovation that emphasized anticipating customer needs, and enhanced the company’s portfolio in cyber security, cloud computing, mobilization, agile system development, ERP and data analytics. Previously, Bill served as President and CEO of DynCorp International, a global government services provider. He has also held senior leadership positions at BAE Systems, Boeing, and Hughes, where he led global government and commercial technology businesses.

Bill holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Davis and Master’s and Doctorate degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. He also earned a Master’s degree in business administration from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. He currently serves on the UCLA Anderson School Board of Visitors and as Director Emeritus on the Board of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Bill lives in Northern Virginia with his wife of 17 years, Darrin, and their two children. Bill and Darrin are both avid equestrians and active land conservationists, and Bill enjoys skiing with his children when their busy schedules allow. Blackboard’s core values, including putting customers first, embracing innovation, and making a difference in the world, resonate deeply with Bill. As a third-generation aerospace engineer, he learned early on the importance of leading with absolute integrity, without fear of failure, and with a focus on solving customers’ toughest challenges. At Blackboard, these values translate into doing the right thing for customers by thinking big, innovating on their behalf and giving back to our communities.