W. Joseph King

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"W. Joseph King is executive director of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) and vice president for innovation of Southwestern University. Previously, Dr. King was executive director of Connexions, a leading open education system, at Rice University.

"In addition to his work in higher education, Dr. King is a serial entrepreneur. He was president of QOOP, a social commerce platform, and president of Zama Networks, a quality of service network provider acquired by Mitsui & Co. He was also chief scientist of F5 Networks (FFIV, an S&P 500 company), which has become the industry leader in network traffic management. As a managing director of Trinity River Capital Ventures, Dr. King financed and advised early stage robotics companies. He serves on the board of directors of Grifiti, CE Analytics, QOOP, and Hanson Robotics.

"Dr. King served as the 2007 entrepreneur-in-residence at TechFortWorth. He also served as an adjunct professor at the TCU Neeley School of Business where he was nominated for the Most Inspiring Professor award. Formerly, he was a research scientist at the Human Interface Technology Laboratory at the University of Washington. He has also conducted research at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute, Hughes Research Laboratories, and GTE Telecommunications Research. Dr. King has served as a consultant and advisor to Rapport, Siemens ModViz, Hughes Electronics, Microsoft, Interval Research, Walt Disney Imagineering, and Atari Games.

"Dr. King serves as treasurer on the board of directors of the Council on Library and Information Resources; CLIR’s mission is to expand access to information as a public good. He serves of the advisory board of the Theodore Roosevelt Center, creating a digital library for the 26th president. He also serves on the oversight board of Connexions. Formerly, he served on the boards of Rice University Press, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Southwestern University, Benaroya Research Institute, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet." [1]

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  1. Teachers Without Borders W. Joseph King, organizational web page, accessed April 3, 2012.