Former Ford CEO Mark Fields Joins Ellucian Board

Mark Fields, who last year retired from Ford Motor Company as president and chief executive officer, has joined the board of Ellucian, a provider of higher education software and services.

Fields joined Ford in 1989 and “was critical to the company’s growth in global markets, North American turnaround and record profits in both 2015 and 2016,” according to an Ellucian press release. “As CEO, he led the organization through periods of technological transformation, ultimately enriching the customer experience by using data-driven insights to advance the application of technology in its vehicles.”

Ellucian CEO Laura Ipsen said in a statement that:

“Mark is a truly innovative leader and is passionate about higher education. His experience leveraging disruptive technology to modernize the user experience will be extremely valuable to Ellucian and our customers, who continually strive to provide enhanced, personalized technology experiences to their students and faculty.”

He sits on the IBM board and served as chair of the U.S.-China Business Council. He was named to Fast Company’s 2016 Most Creative People in Business list and holds an economics degree from Rutgers University and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business.

“Ellucian’s adaptive solutions enrich the higher education experience for millions of students around the world, yet its leaders are continually looking for ways to drive innovation,” he said in a statement. “Their passion for higher education and their commitment to helping schools better serve their constituents is clearly a driving force for the entire company.”