The Open University today announced the appointment of Martin Bean as its fifth Vice-Chancellor.
Currently General Manager responsible for product management, marketing and business development for the Worldwide Education Products Group at Microsoft, Martin Bean has held senior executive positions in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe, and brings to the role more than 20 years experience in global business training and education. He has held executive management roles in leading organisations, including Novell Inc., Sylvan Learning, Thomson Learning, and New Horizons Computer Learning Centres, Inc.
Actively involved in the advancement of education policy and the reform of education to meet the needs of today's workforce, he has established and managed complex, multi-stakeholder partnerships in public, private and not-for-profit organisations and has a track record of growing or reinventing complex enterprises.
Martin Bean is a member of the National Board of Directors of Jobs for Americas Graduates and was a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Computing Technology Industry Association, chairing its Public Policy Committee, 2002 – 2004. In 1986-7 he was President of AIESEC International, (Association Internationale des Étudiants en Sciences Économiques et Commerciales) the international, not-for-profit organisation run by students and recent graduates which former Secretary-General of the UN Kofi Annan described as “an agent of positive change through education and cultural exchange to develop a broader understanding of cultural, socio-economic and business management issues”.
Chair of the appointment committee, Lord Haskins of Skidby, said: “We live in extraordinary times. At this critical point in the development of higher education in the web-driven knowledge economy, The Open University needs an extraordinary person to lead it. Martin Bean is that extraordinary person.”
Martin Bean said: “It is an honour to have been selected as the next Vice-Chancellor of The Open University. It is a unique and amazing institution that has changed the lives of millions through its commitment to furthering social justice and to making higher education and educational opportunity accessible to all. I look forward to combining my passion for education and technology to lead The Open University over the coming years, as we continue to provide innovative and high quality distance education solutions to meet the needs of the 21st Century”.
Bean holds a Bachelor’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, and currently resides in Bellevue, Washington, with his wife and three daughters.