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Welcome to the new SaaS in Higher Ed blog being led by executives at TopSchool, Inc. We are going to be blogging about everything SaaS, higher education technology and trends, and what higher education institutions should be thinking about and considering as they navigate the current paradigm shift in applications and information technologies.

Stay tuned and keep coming back as we bring a collective viewpoint and experiential base you will not find many other places. Please contribute to this blog, we welcome your comments.

About the Authors

Matthew Schnittman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Matthew joined TopSchool in April 2008. From 1999 to 2008, Matthew was with eCollege, leading provider of on-demand eLearning solutions to the education industry. At eCollege, Matthew served in a variety of executive roles, including president from August 2004 until his departure. During his tenure, eCollege was named to the Deloitte and Touche “Fast 50” for four years running, until its 2007 acquisition by Pearson, LLC. Prior to eCollege, Matthew worked in the consulting industry at CCD LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers’ management consulting strategy group where he worked with Fortune 500 companies. Matthew was recently named one of the 25 most influential people in the Career College Sector. Matthew is a graduate of the University of Arizona, and holds a Master of Business Administration from The Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Justin McMorrow, Senior Vice President
Justin joined TopSchool in April 2008. From 1999 to 2008, Justin was with eCollege, a leading provider of on-demand eLearning solutions to the education industry. At eCollege, Justin served in a variety of executive roles, including vice president of sales and business development from 2006 until his departure. Prior to leading the sales organization, Justin founded the eClassroom division of eCollege that provided eLearning solutions to K-12 education. During his tenure, eCollege was named to the Deloitte and Touche “Fast 50” for four years running, until its 2007 acquisition by Pearson, LLC. Before eCollege, Justin helped found the Institute for Education Best Practices at the American Productivity and Quality Center. Justin is a graduate of Trinity University.

Chris Chumley, Vice President, Product Management
Chris joined TopSchool in 2008 and leads all product management activities. Prior to TopSchool, Chris was with Exeter Consulting leading the implementation of student information systems at multiple, large public universities. His last role was leading the implementation at the University of Puerto Rico, which involved moving the institution from 11 separate student systems to a single common system. Before Exeter, Chris spent almost six years at DeVry University as the program manager for all student system initiatives. During his tenure at DeVry, total enrollment grew by 23%. In his capacity at DeVry, Chris also served on the product advisory board for the Oracle Student System and helped define product priorities and feature requirements. Chris’ previous background includes six years at Ernst and Young Consulting advising Fortune 500 companies on organizational strategy and leading enterprise transformation projects. Chris holds a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.

Danny Ackerman, Vice President, Program Management
Danny joined TopSchool in 2007 and leads all program management activities at TopSchool. Prior to TopSchool, Danny held development and engineering management roles in leading enterprise software companies such as EMC and RSA Security. In addition to these roles, Danny led project management efforts and development lifecycle management roles at Informix and various start up organizations in the Bay area. Danny is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Christy Uher Ferguson, Director, Marketing
Christy Uher Ferguson is director of marketing for TopSchool, where she brings more than 14 years of marketing communications experience, including nearly a decade in higher education leading marketing initiatives for schools and technology education companies. Christy’s marketing communications experience includes brand management, product marketing, new product launches and international product and brand marketing campaigns. Christy previously served as director of marketing for eCollege, where as part of her role, she worked with the Enrollment Marketing division to develop schools’ marketing plans, including identifying marketing metrics, managing a lead aggregator, determining lead quality and raising conversion rates. Christy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from West Chester University.

Nick Reshamwalla, Director, Implementation Services
Nick joined TopSchool in May 2007.  Prior to TopSchool, Nick was with Aegis InterWorld, where he led the successful delivery of global implementations and was responsible for developing and evolving AIW’s consulting methodologies.   Nick has extensive technology implementation experience spanning a number of industries including, Higher Education, Manufacturing, Distribution, Financial Services and Energy. Nick has been successful at identifying methods of achieving operational excellence, maximizing return on investment, implementing process improvements, and incorporating effective change management practices within organizations. Nick received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of California, Irvine in Information and Computer Science with a specialization in Information Systems.

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