Tom Black

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Chief Innovation Office, Paradigm, Inc.

Thomas C. Black’s forty-year career in higher education has included work in various administrative and registrar roles in academic and student affairs at Stanford, U Chicago, Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, and, most recently, Johns Hopkins University. Tom is currently the Chief Innovation Officer of Paradigm, Inc. Throughout his career, Tom has implemented student information systems, experimented with data standards, and developed new digital credentials that eventually became the norm within higher education. Most recently, he has worked to prototype the CLR (comprehensive learner record) with an emphasis on helping learners understand what knowledge, skills and abilities they are acquiring, and developing narratives that enable them to become successful in the marketplace.  Accordingly, he's turned his attention toward increasing the exchange of learner data using national standards while ensuring only authorized access to improve learner mobility in the marketplace.