Committed to Ensuring Accessibility, Affordability, and Quality in Adult Higher Education

The UMUC Ventures management team oversees day-to-day operations and strategic guidance of our business ventures. They bring significant experience in the higher education industry, commitment to innovation and dedication to ensuring an accessible and affordable UMUC education for all.

Louis (Lou) C. Pugliese : Chief Executive Officer

Louis (Lou) C. Pugliese

Chief Executive Officer

Lou Pugliese brings to UMUC Ventures over twenty years in e-Learning innovation. He is an innovator, thought leader, and successful venture-growth entrepreneur with a life-long passion for seeking and engaging new ways to disrupt, displace, and advance business models. Prior to joining UMUC Ventures, Lou was a Senior Innovation Fellow and Managing Director of the Arizona State University (ASU) Action Lab EdPlus, a research and development enterprise focused on the design and scalable delivery of digital teaching and learning models. Before joining ASU, Lou held senior leadership positions in venture equity and EdTech companies including as Chairman and CEO of Moodlerooms, entrepreneur-in-residence for Novak Biddle Venture Partners, CEO of AnswerLogic, and founding CEO of Blackboard Inc. Lou also teaches social entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland. He is deeply involved with the Community Coalition for Haiti education programs, which promote student learning through teacher development, child wellness, and safe, learning-centered school environments.
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“UMUC Ventures represents an important step forward … positioning us to continue to innovate, grow and thrive in this competitive and ever-changing landscape of adult higher education.”
Javier Miyares
UMUC President