VC-backed Turnitin adds ex-U.S. Secy of Education to board

Oakland, California-based Turnitin, a service that aims to detect student plagiarism, has named Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education, to its board of directors. Currently, Duncan, who served as U.S. Secretary of Education from 2009 to 2015, is the managing partner of Emerson Collective. Turnitin is backed by Insight Venture Partners, GIC, Norwest Venture Partners, Lead Edge Capital and Georgian Partners.


OAKLAND, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Arne Duncan, former United States Secretary of Education, has joined the Turnitin Board of Directors. Duncan, United States Secretary of Education from 2009 through December 2015, is currently the managing partner of education group Emerson Collective. Mr. Duncan brings considerable experience in large scale deployment and adoption of educational technology in K-12 and higher education.

The Emerson Collective believes that to affect change in education, companies must demonstrate three qualities: integrity, measurable impact, and scalable solutions. Turnitin delivers academic integrity and writing solutions to more than 30 million students across the world. Mr. Duncan will give the company additional insight and direction into how technology tools can drive significant change across districts, states, and college systems.

“Turnitin is at the leading edge of leveraging machine learning technology and instructional best practices to guide educators and students through the digital age of authorship and academic integrity,” said Mr. Duncan. “I look forward to the opportunity to work with Turnitin on scalable initiatives that support the core educational skills and promote student success in K-12, higher education, and beyond.”

“We are very pleased to add Arne as an advisor to Turnitin while we develop technology supports for education on an increasingly wider scale,” said CEO Chris Caren. “Writing and academic integrity are essential components of foundational literacy skills, and Turnitin is committed to playing a broader role in building such skills across K-12 and higher education. Arne has a unique vision of how technology can be a supportive instructional tool and is an ideal advisor as we head in this direction.”

About Turnitin
Turnitin is your partner in education with integrity. Turnitin’s originality checking and authorship investigation services ensure academic integrity, promote critical thinking, and help students improve their authentic writing. Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to prevent plagiarism, engage students in the writing process, and provide personalized feedback. Turnitin is used by more than 30 million students at 15,000 institutions in 140 countries. Backed by Insight Venture Partners, GIC, Norwest Venture Partners, Lead Edge Capital and Georgian Partners, Turnitin is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with international offices in Newcastle, U.K., Utrecht, Netherlands, Melbourne, Australia, Seoul, Korea and throughout Latin America. @Turnitin

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