Cengage Appoints Alexandra Bernadotte to Board of Directors

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Cengage, an education and technology company, announced Alexandra Bernadotte, founder and CEO of Beyond 12, has been appointed to Cengage’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF (United Negro College Fund), was also appointed.

“Both Dr. Lomax and Ms. Bernadotte are experienced education leaders who are dedicated to transforming the system and increasing access to education for all students, especially underrepresented, lower-income and first-generation learners,” said Michael E. Hansen, CEO, Cengage. “They bring a wealth of firsthand, operational experience, as well as an appreciation of our mission at Cengage: to help all learners enrich their lives and pursue their dreams through education. We are incredibly pleased to add them both to our Board of Directors.”

Bernadotte is the founder and CEO of Beyond 12, a nonprofit focused on increasing the number of traditionally underserved students who earn a college degree and who translate their degrees into meaningful employment and choice-filled lives.

Bernadotte has more than 18 years of executive management and strategic development experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors.

“I’m thrilled to join a company whose mission aligns with my core belief in education as foundational to an equitable, just and prosperous society,” said Alexandra Bernadotte. “The pandemic has shone a light, and in many cases, exacerbated, the inequities that exist in education. But it also presents an opportunity for us all to be bold, and create a system that is more accessible, affordable, relevant and just for all students, allowing them to succeed and thrive.”

Bernadotte continued to say, “Cengage is a demonstrated, innovative solutions provider that puts students first. Whether it is developing solutions to support the move to digital, or introducing new content models at affordable price points to expand accessibility, Cengage centers its business on the student experience. I’m proud to work with a company that puts an emphasis on student needs and recognizes that solutions built with, rather than imposed on, students are always going to be more successful and lasting.”

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