Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean
Martin Bean, The Open University’s fifth Vice-Chancellor takes over today following Professor Gourley’s retirement last month. Martin joins from the private sector with more than 20 years experience in training and education, and has held senior executive positions in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe.
Martin Bean said: “The Open University is a truly unique organisation that has harnessed the power of technology and transformed the way people access high quality educational opportunities. Its mission and approach are more relevant today to the needs of society and the potential offered by technology than ever.
“There is a growing gap between an increasingly knowledge-driven economy and the numbers of people with the skills to succeed. In these economically challenging times, traditional routes to education cannot offer a dramatic increase in scale to allow for wider access. Supported open learning, which can be delivered by all kinds of media platforms, is part of the solution in both the developed economies and the developing world. The potential is enormously exciting.
“I am delighted to be part of the next generation of The Open University and look forward to the journey ahead.”
Martin Bean was General Manager within the Education Products Group at the Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington and is a recognised industry leader around the world. He has held executive management roles in leading organisations, including Novell Inc., Sylvan Learning Systems and Thomson Learning.
Martin Bean has been actively involved in the advancement of education policy and the reform of education to meet today’s growing need for more relevant, high-quality provision and innovative research. He was appointed to the government’s new online distance learning task force announced by HE Minister, David Lammy in June. The task force will advise on a wider strategy to help UK universities build on their existing world class reputations to access and engage future markets that are expected to value around £15bn in the future.
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. He has presented to the U.S. Senate on the importance of ICT in the Workforce Investment Act and testified on behalf of the Workforce Coalition before the Subcommittee on Oversight of the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Prior to moving to the UK, Martin Bean was 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. 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.
An Australian by birth, Bean holds a Bachelor’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, and now lives in Salford, Buckinghamshire with his wife and three daughters.
Notes to Editors
About the online distance learning task force