WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of its outstanding commitment to education worldwide, Blackboard Inc., a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, has been honored with the Global Education Award from the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC (WAC-DC). The annual awards program recognizes organizations that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to global education, international affairs, and global communications.
On March 29, 2017, the annual World Affairs HONORS Global Education Gala will present Blackboard and four other honorees with awards that exemplify the mission of the Council, which is to empower educators and students to effectively compete, communicate, and lead in our diverse multicultural nation and worldwide. Blackboard's award will be accepted by Chairman, CEO and President, Bill Ballhaus. "We greatly appreciate the recognition from the World Affairs Council of our work to help institutions and learners around the globe overcome their challenges and achieve success," said Ballhaus. "At Blackboard, we are passionate about education and understand the profound difference it can make in individuals' lives and in society as a whole. That's why we are committed to partnering with the global education community to drive student success." Additional honorees include Marymount University, recipient of the Educator of the Year Award; the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, recipient of the Global Communications Award; and the Republic of Colombia, recipient of the Distinguished Diplomatic Service Award. Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute will deliver the Keynote Address and accept the Global Ambassador Award. "The World Affairs Council- Washington, DC is pleased to award Blackboard with the Global Education Award for its dedication to helping bring millions of people around the world closer to the knowledge they seek," said Pat Gross, the Council's Co-Founder and Chairman of the 2017 HONORS: Gala. "We share a joint commitment to creating an environment where all individuals can explore the world beyond the classroom and achieve their academic goals." The World Affairs Council-Washington DC is a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to facilitating collaboration throughout the global education and international affairs community by developing informed geo-political insights and critical thinking with a global perspective; and providing programs to educate, enlighten and empower students, educators, professionals, the American public and international community.