Curtiss Barnes

Curtiss Barnes
VP, Corporate Development, Cengage Learning


Curtiss Barnes is Vice President of Corporate Development at Cengage Learning. He oversees Cengage Learning’s mergers and acquisitions strategy, business development and partner alliances. Mr. Barnes is focused on identifying ways to accelerate growth and leverage digital media and technology to develop the next generation of learning and research solutions for Cengage Learning and its customers. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the IMS Global Learning Consortium, the education industry’s leading technology interoperability standards organization.

Mr. Barnes has more than 20 years of experience in the education industry and expertise in a broad range of enterprise systems that support the core missions of education. Prior to joining Cengage Learning, he served as Vice President of Industry Product Strategy for Education at Oracle USA. During his time with Oracle, Mr. Barnes was responsible for establishing product strategy and development investment priorities across all of the Company’s application groups, as well as identifying new market opportunities for Education-specific applications.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Barnes held roles in strategy, marketing, business development, product management and sales at large and small enterprises serving the education industry including PeopleSoft, SCT and Campus Pipeline, Inc. Prior to his career in the commercial sector, Mr. Barnes held positions in alumni and corporate relations, development, admissions and executive education at a number of higher education institutions.

Mr. Barnes holds a bachelors degree in economics from Clark University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


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Moderated by:
Jade Roth (Barnes & Noble)
Curtiss Barnes (Cengage Learning), Nick Francesco (Rochester Institute of Technology), David McCarthy (Barnes and Noble), Jacob Robinson (Texas A&M University), Susan Stites-Doe (The College of Brockport)
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Despite the growth of digital reading for trade books, digital content has not yet gained acceptance in higher education. 15% of textbook content is available digitally yet only 1-3% of sales are digital. Barnes & Noble is working with a diverse set of learners and institutions conducting research about eBook Reader and eTextbook use. This faculty led panel will share useful data and insights. Read more.
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