Blackboard Inc., a leading Internet education company, has been named to the Computerworld Smithsonian Collection of Laureates for its leadership in using information technology to improve society.

Blackboard received the honor for its innovation in helping colleges and universities worldwide harness the power of the Internet for teaching and learning.

“The Laureates in this year’s Collection are extending the boundaries of technology in some very exciting ways that are bringing about tangible benefits to society in so many areas. We’re very pleased to salute them for their hard-earned accomplishments,” said Dan Morrow, Executive Director of the Computerworld Smithsonian Program.

Nominated in the Education & Academia category by F. William Hoffman, managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Blackboard’s work will be part of a collection that includes more than 400 of the year’s most innovative applications of technology from 38 states and 21 countries.

“Internet technology is extending the walls of the classroom and the geographic boundaries of teaching and learning all over the world,” said Lou Pugliese, CEO of Blackboard Inc. “We are excited to be recognized by the Computerworld Smithsonian Program as a technology and education leader and to receive this honor as part of the historic process of documenting for future generations the way in which the technology revolution is changing our lives.”

Each year, the Computerworld Smithsonian Chairmen’s Committee nominates individuals who use information technology to improve society, for inclusion in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s IT Innovation Collection. Founded in 1988, the Computerworld Smithsonian Program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated vision and leadership as they strive to use information technology in innovative ways across ten categories: Business and Related Services; Education and Academia; Environment, Energy and Agriculture; Finance, Insurance and Real Estate; Government and Non-Profit Organizations; Manufacturing; Media, Arts and Entertainment; Medicine; Science; and Transportation. More information on the Computerworld Smithsonian Program can be found on the Web at

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard is a leading Internet education company. Its software products and Web services reach 3,300 colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other organizations in every state and in more than 70 countries. More than 2.1 million people worldwide teach and learn in online education environments powered by Blackboard. Blackboard education partners include Academic Systems Corp., Archipelago,, Houghton Mifflin, KPMG LLP, Learnware, Microsoft, NextEd, Norton Publishing, Oracle, Pearson Inc., PeopleSoft, Sun Microsystems, Sylvan Learning Systems and The TLT Group. Additional information about Blackboard can be found at