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Shaquille O’Neal and Tara Westover to Keynote Ellucian Live 2019

February 20, 2019

RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 20, 2019--Ellucian, a provider of software and services built to power higher education, is excited to announce its keynote speakers for Ellucian Live 2019 —Shaquille O’Neal and Tara Westover. Ellucian Live, Ellucian’s annual users’ conference, will be held in New Orleans from April 7–10, 2019 and expects more than 7,500 participants from at least 1,700 higher education institutions worldwide.

“This year’s keynote speakers have broken down barriers to achieve what most only dream about,” said Ellucian President and CEO, Laura Ipsen. “Tara’s persistence in the pursuit of education and Shaq’s passion for knowledge led them down very different paths of educational achievement, yet both have realized first-hand the importance of lifelong learning in achieving personal success.”

While Shaquille O’Neal is best known for a successful NBA career spanning nearly two decades, culminating in his inclusion in the NBA Hall of Fame, he also shares a passion for higher education. After leaving school early to enter the NBA Draft, O’Neal went back to Louisiana State University eight years into his basketball career and earned his bachelor’s degree. In 2005, he earned a master’s of business administration through the University of Phoenix’s online degree program. After winning an NBA title in 2006, O’Neal went back to school once again, earning his doctoral degree in organizational learning and leadership with a specialization in human resource development. Additionally, he has studied directing and cinematography with the New York Film Academy’s Filmmaking Conservatory and has fostered a philanthropic relationship with the Boys & Girls Club of America, participating in campaigns with the non-profit company for the past 15 years.

Tara Westover, author of the best-selling memoir, Educated, was born in Idaho to a family opposed to public education and did not attend a physical school until age 17. Westover’s home schooling was more informal; she spent her days working in her father’s junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother, a self-taught herbalist and midwife. After her first encounter with formal education, she pursued learning for a decade. Westover graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2008 and earned a Master’s in philosophy from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009 while on a Gates Scholarship. She was a visiting fellow at Harvard University in 2010 and earned her doctoral degree in history from Cambridge in 2014.

Ellucian Live is the largest user event in higher education technology. The event offers attendees nearly 600 sessions on topics ranging from tips for maximizing current investments to how cloud and data solutions are creating efficiencies on campuses worldwide, to demonstrations of emerging technology. Ellucian Live seeks to foster a sense of community in a market facing enormous change by facilitating discussions on critical issues and challenges while sharing best practices amongst peers and offering opportunities to learn from one another.

About Ellucian

Inspired by the transformative impact of education, Ellucian develops solutions that power the essential work of colleges and universities. As the world’s leading provider of software and services designed for higher education, Ellucian works with more than 2,500 institutions in 50+ countries—enhancing operations and enriching the experience for nearly 20 million students.

Ellucian provides student information systems (SIS), finance and HR, recruiting, retention, analytics and advancement software solutions. With a full suite of cloud ready solutions, Ellucian provides institutions with the choice and flexibility in how, what and when they deploy solutions in the cloud. Ellucian also supports the higher education community with a range of professional services such as application software implementation, training, education, and management consulting.

Ellucian brings power, passion, and performance to bear for higher education, and its ability to better our world. Visit Ellucian at www.ellucian.com.

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