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Veteran EdTech Executive Joins Fast-Growing Higher Ed Startup


Veteran EdTech Executive Joins Fast-Growing Higher Ed Startup

Blackboard's former Chief Strategy Officer Katie Blot joins Vemo Education

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ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Vemo Education, an education technology company that partners with colleges, universities, and other education providers to design and implement performance-based tuition programs, today announced the appointment of Katie Blot as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Strategy. Blot, the former CIO for the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid program, joins Vemo Education from Blackboard, Inc., where she most recently served as Chief Strategy and Portfolio Officer.

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"Katie's commitment to equity, access, and affordability in higher education is inspiring," said Tonio DeSorrento, Co-founder and CEO of Vemo Education. "Her deep experience helping colleges and universities leverage technology to improve student success will make her an invaluable partner to schools that want to build income-based tuition models to create new pathways to economic mobility for students."

Vemo Education works with higher education institutions to build income-based financing programs that align college costs with student success and help schools eliminate financial barriers to access, retention, and completion. Gaining in popularity among both traditional colleges and skills-based training providers, income-based financing is now utilized by Purdue University, Norwich University, Lackawanna College, and others.  

"This work is about creating pathways to -- and through -- postsecondary education for an increasingly diverse population of learners," said Blot. "Vemo Education brings experience, know-how and a deep commitment to student success to their partnerships with colleges and universities building financing programs that increase access and affordability."

Blot, a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, joined Blackboard in 2008 and served as SVP of Global Strategy and President of Global Services before being appointed Chief Strategy and Portfolio Officer. Prior to joining Blackboard, she served for nearly five years in senior positions at Federal Student Aid, the U.S. Department of Education office that manages over $100 billion per year in grant, loans, and work-study to over 13 million students at approximately 6,000 schools. She served on the Board of Directors of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) and the NEA Foundation.

About Vemo Education

Vemo Education is an educational technology company that partners with colleges and universities to design, implement, and maintain income-based tuition solutions to achieve institutional goals of access, retention, and completion. Vemo Education's team is committed to working with schools to use income-based financing to align with student success and college affordability. Learn more at

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