Sixteen year education veteran and former Advanced Academics CEO, Jeffrey A. Elliott, has been appointed CEO of The VHS Collaborative.

September 18, 2012, Maynard, MA– The VHS Collaborative (VHS), the nonprofit pioneer of K-12 online learning, today announced the appointment of Jeffrey A. Elliott as The VHS Collaborative’s ( chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors. Elliott brings more than 16 years of industry experience to his new role having previously served as President and CEO of Advanced Academics. Elliott replaces former CEO, Liz Pape, who retired in July.

“We conducted a nationwide search to find a CEO who has the experience, expertise, and vision to build on VHS’ 15 years of success and help set our direction for the future,” said Kevin Lyons, chairman of the VHS Board of Directors.  “Jeff’s extensive business experience, as well as his in-depth knowledge of the online education market, and his commitment to VHS’ values and beliefs made him the right candidate for the job.”

Prior to joining VHS, Jeff was the President and CEO of Advanced Academics, one of the leading providers of online education for public school students in the United States. There, he led the company’s pioneering strategy to serve at-risk students and the deployment of its comprehensive online learning model. He first joined the company in 2002 as their Chief Operating Officer. Before then, he served as Vice President of Development for the Wright Group/McGraw-Hill where he oversaw three divisions of this leading educational publishing company. He is a graduate of University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and University of Missouri School of Journalism.

“It is an honor to be selected by the Board for this important position. VHS has set the standard for high quality, collaborative online education for middle school and high school students,” said Elliott.  “I am looking forward to continuing VHS’ important work to expand our exceptional offerings and help more students prepare for a successful future.”


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About The VHS Collaborative (VHS)

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Maynard, MA, The VHS Collaborative (formerly Virtual High School Global Consortium) is the pioneer of K-12 online learning, having first brought online learning into secondary education. Since then, the nonprofit organization has been setting the standard for quality online education. VHS provides co-synchronous courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development in 21st century teaching best practices for educators.  The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development, private course offerings, and support for blended learning initiatives.

VHS’ design and delivery standards were the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning.  The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, visit or call (978) 897-1900.

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