Coursera and edX Announce New Leaders

Wendy Cebula, former COO of Vistaprint, was named president of edX. At Coursera, Richard C. Levin, the former president of Yale University, was named the company’s new CEO.

Levin brings his experience in international expansion to the Coursera table. With his arrival, Coursera co-founders, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, will become president and chairman of the board, respectively. Lila Ibrahim, who was named president in August, will become chief business officer. According to a Coursera spokeswoman, “Ibrahim will focus on business development, Koller on partnerships and Ng on pedagogy.”


While the for-profit Coursera tapped “an experienced academic as CEO,” edX, a nonprofit consortium, “picked a president with private sector experience.” Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, welcomed Cebula via a blog post, saying, “she will help to build out and scale our operations and focus on day-to-day management. This will allow me to dedicate more time to edX’s strategic direction, growth and partnerships.”

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Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable,, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.