• Gene Wade

    Co-Founder & CEO of One University Network, Inc.

    Gene Wade has spent most of his adult life focused on helping to ensure that everyone has access to high-quality education. He believes education is the solution to many of the biggest challenges facing people and societies around the world. Gene served as CEO of UniversityNow, a social venture headquartered in San Francisco that operates two online universities: Patten University and New Charter University. They are the first U.S. online universities that are fully-accredited, self-paced and that offer affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition models. In addition, UniversityNow’s schools operate on a cutting-edge, adaptive learning platform that makes the learning experience engaging and fun for both students and faculty.

    Prior to founding UniversityNow, Gene was co-founder and CEO of Platform Learning, a tutoring company that served tens of thousands of low-income students throughout the United States. He was also co-founder and CEO of LearnNow, a school management company that managed charter schools and public schools throughout the United States and was sold to Edison Schools where he was an Executive Vice President. Prior to becoming an education entrepreneur, he was a corporate attorney. Gene has an MBA from The Wharton School, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Morehouse College. As a serial education entrepreneur, Gene has been profiled by media, including Fast Company and Forbes magazine. Prior to launching UniversityNow, Gene shared his personal story and vision for UniversityNow as a speaker at TEDx San Francisco’s Salon on Higher Education: “Building the World’s Most Affordable and Accessible Private University.”


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