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Anthology-Blackboard Merger Complete

The merger of Anthology and Blackboard announced last month is now complete, answering a few questions about how the combined companies will move forward. The name of the parent company will be Anthology, while the Blackboard brand will continue as part of Anthology's product portfolio. The company will be headquartered in Boca Raton, FL, and will maintain the main Blackboard office in Reston, VA, as well as other global facilities.

Anthology said it will continue to support and invest in the solutions of both companies, with a focus on accelerating innovation as well as creating a heterogeneous, integrated ed tech ecosystem. "Clients will have access to an expanded product portfolio," the company said, enabling institutions to "remove the historical barriers between administrative and learning ecosystems and drive learner and institutional success."  

In addition, the company emphasized its commitment to privacy, security and openness. "Ensuring the privacy and security of clients' data is a foundational principle and the combined company will continue to meet the high privacy standards globally," it said in a news announcement. "The combined company believes openness is a critical element for innovation and will continue to integrate and connect with other solutions."

"The closing of the transaction represents the next chapter for Anthology and Blackboard as our collective offerings can deliver unmatched personalized experiences and insights across the full learner lifecycle," said Jim Milton, chairman and chief executive officer of the combined company, in a statement. "Our combined broad set of capabilities — including teaching and learning, student information systems, enterprise resource planning, community engagement, student success and student engagement — will provide our clients with a full suite of enterprise-level products and services that enable institutions to not only focus on data-driven decisions but completely transform both student and institutional success."

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Rhea Kelly is editor in chief for Campus Technology, THE Journal, and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected].

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