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Cengage Appoints Alexandra Bernadotte and Dr. Michael L. Lomax to Board of Directors

Cengage, an education and technology company, today announced that Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF (United Negro College Fund), and Alexandra Bernadotte, founder and CEO of Beyond 12, have joined Cengage’s Board of Directors.

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“Both Dr. Lomax and Ms. Bernadotte are experienced education leaders who are dedicated to transforming the system and increasing access to education for all students, especially underrepresented, lower-income and first-generation learners,” said Michael E. Hansen, CEO, Cengage. “They bring a wealth of firsthand, operational experience, as well as an appreciation of our mission at Cengage: to help all learners enrich their lives and pursue their dreams through education. We are incredibly pleased to add them both to our Board of Directors.”

Dr. Michael L. Lomax has served as the president and CEO of UNCF, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to African American students, since 2004. During his tenure, UNCF has raised more than $3B and helped more than 110,000 students earn college degrees and launch careers. In addition to overseeing the 10,000 scholarships UNCF awards annually, under Dr. Lomax’s leadership, UNCF has fought for college readiness and education reform to further advance historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with Congress, the administration and the Department of Education.

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“I’m excited to be joining the board of an experienced, proven education leader who is also a true innovator,” said Dr. Lomax. “Cengage’s approach to education content – combining quality learning materials with innovative delivery methods – is cutting edge, not just for HBCUs and other colleges and universities, but for every level of education.”

“Many lower-income, first-generation college students are not able to afford college,” Dr. Lomax continued. “UNCF shares Cengage’s belief that our education system today must adapt to reach a broader audience, and that cost barriers make access to education prohibitive for many of these students. For these students, a college degree is absolutely essential as an engine of social mobility. I’m excited to support the important mission of Cengage to make a quality education accessible for every student.”

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