Sakai Foundation Names Ian Dolphin As Executive Director

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Dolphin Brings International Leadership in Educational Community-Source Software to Sakai

It is a credit to the Sakai community that the success and momentum created through the contributions of so many have allowed us to attract a leader of Mr. Dolphin’s caliber.

The Sakai Foundation is pleased to announce that Ian Dolphin will join the organization as Executive Director. Mr. Dolphin has led organizational and technology projects to improve post-secondary education in the United Kingdom and played a leading role in collaboration with Australia, New Zealand and the United States. He joins the Sakai Foundation at a time when Sakai is experiencing unprecedented growth in adoption, investment, and new product development.

The Sakai Project, an educational community renowned for innovation in open teaching, learning, and research software, has experienced over 30 percent growth in the global adoption of its learning management system (LMS) in the past 12 months. Institutions adopting Sakai cite the low cost of ownership, the strength of the open community, and Sakai’s compelling vision for the future as being key differences from other LMS offerings. As Douglas Johnson, Assistant Director for Learning Services at the University of Florida, attests, “In our evaluation, the next generation of Sakai is fundamentally different and, for our needs, significantly better than any other learning management system.”

At this exciting juncture, Mr. Dolphin brings important leadership and experience to the Sakai Foundation. Dolphin currently serves as the International Director of the e-Framework Partnership. Based with the UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), his role has focused on broadening education and research collaboration projects between government and public agencies in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Mr. Dolphin has served on the boards of the Sakai Foundation, Jasig, Curriki Global Education and Learning Community, and the European Multimedia Forum.

“We are elated that Ian Dolphin will serve as the Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation,” says Lois Brooks, a Sakai founder during her tenure at Stanford University and the head of the search committee. “It is a credit to the Sakai community that the success and momentum created through the contributions of so many have allowed us to attract a leader of Mr. Dolphin’s caliber. His long association with higher education and leadership in open-source communities offer the Sakai Foundation tremendous benefit during this time of dynamic growth."

Says Dolphin: “The current conjecture is replete with both risk and opportunity for higher education. Against this backdrop, I believe that the Sakai community is pivotal. The collegiate nature of the Sakai community, its ability to work collaboratively, and to pool resources to create an environment which is robust and capable of providing effective affordances for innovation are critical strengths which create a pole of attraction in the higher education community internationally. I look forward to leading and serving in this role.”

The Sakai community will welcome Mr. Dolphin at the Annual Sakai Conference in Denver, Colorado, June 15–17, 2010.

About Sakai
Sakai is an open-source software project driven by a worldwide consortium of institutions, organizations, and individuals dedicated to creating collaboration, research, and e-portfolio tools. The Sakai Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to coordinate and enhance the ongoing activities of the Sakai community in order to optimize the long-term effectiveness of Sakai. For more information, visit

Kim Thanos
Strategic Communications Lead, Sakai Foundation
kthanos at sakaifoundation dot org
(503) 816-4721


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