Published on 2016/11/29

Letter from the Editor: Remembering Dr. John F. Ebersole

Dear readers,

As you have no doubt come to learn in recent days, one of the titans of the non-traditional education space is no longer with us. Dr. John F. Ebersole, president of Excelsior College, passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

The outpouring of condolences and recollections from leaders across this space serve as a significant indication of the impact Dr. Ebersole had on this industry and on so many individuals.

On a more personal note, John was one of The EvoLLLution’s first contributors and supporters. His extensive experience—both as a non-traditional student and pioneering leader in this space—helped to clarify and outline some of the major challenges facing this demographic, and the work institutions need to do to improve their experience. He was never shy about the role he felt higher education institutions need to play in providing people with a pathway to a better life, and provided the roadmap we all follow today when it comes to serving this massive and expanding student population.

We all owe a debt of gratitude to John for his tireless work, passion and commitment to non-traditional higher education, regardless of our position in this industry. What’s more, we owe it to his legacy to continue his work, to always focus on improving service for adult learners, and to create a more equitable and accessible postsecondary environment for all.

His impact and influence will long be felt professionally and personally. All of us at The EvoLLLution and Destiny Solutions share our deepest condolences with John’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

In closing, we would encourage you to read some of John’s ideas and thoughts. Keep them in mind and constantly strive to continue the great work John began so many years ago.


Amrit Ahluwalia
Managing Editor, The EvoLLLution

Shaul Kuper
Founder, The EvoLLLution
Chief Executive Officer, Destiny Solutions

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