SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.

May 26, 2005 13:07 ET

Blackboard Gets High Marks for Product, Support and Workplace

Blackboard Wins 2005 Codie Award; Named Finalist for 2005 Stevie Award and 2005 HR Leadership Award

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 26, 2005 -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of e-Learning software and services to more than 2,200 universities and K-12 schools worldwide, is getting high marks for providing superior software, client support and human resource leadership.

This week, the Blackboard Learning System™ won a 2005 Codie Award, sponsored by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) for the best Postsecondary Education Learning Management Solution. Blackboard was also named a 2005 American Business Awards finalist for Best Support Organization, and a finalist for HR leadership excellence from the HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington.

"We are pleased and proud of being recognized for these accomplishments," said Michael Chasen, CEO of Blackboard. "It is particularly exciting to receive such kudos at a time when both the company and the state of education are evolving. By continuing to work closely with Blackboard partners, clients, and members of our internal team, we believe the possibilities for innovation in teaching and learning are endless."

Superior Software

Recognized as the leader by SIIA, the Software and Information Industry Association, the Blackboard Learning System, is the platform which millions of teachers and students rely on to make education possible at any time and from any location. Teachers can post course materials, grades and exams online with the Blackboard Learning System. Students can access all these materials, participate in online discussion boards and chat sessions with professors and/or peers. These are just a few of many features possible with the Blackboard Learning System.

The Codie Awards program showcases the software and information industry's finest products and services. The program, now in its twentieth year, holds the distinction of being the only peer-recognition of its kind in the industry, providing a unique opportunity for companies to earn the praise of their competitors.

Superior Support

With a 24 x 7 global support network, Blackboard has been named a finalist by the 2005 American Business Awards (nicknamed the Stevies™) for Best Support Organization. Blackboard's support team, located in four offices around the country, centers around a dedicated technical support management model (TSM) and a dedicated client extranet. Every client is assigned a technical support manger to closely monitor activity on the account and ensure excellent service. Blackboard's dedicated client extranet, Behind the Blackboard™, is a Web-based support solution where clients can download the latest software releases, collaborate and share information with peers and submit service requests.

Winners of the 2005 American Business Awards will be announced on June 6th.

Excellence in HR Leadership

Blackboard's Senior Vice President of Human Resources Mary Good has been named as one of three finalists for the 2005 HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington. Ms. Good joined Blackboard in April 2004 and has transformed the Human Resources function at Blackboard by creating strategic people programs that enhance Blackboard's reputation as a great place to work. Her efforts have focused on maintaining Blackboard's unique employee-friendly culture during significant company growth, and enhancing employee satisfaction and talent development at all levels within the organization.

2005 HR Leadership Award winners will be announced on June 7th. The HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington honors HR executives for outstanding contributions to their organizations and to the field of human resources management.

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard is a leading provider of enterprise software and services to the education industry. The Company's product line consists of five software applications bundled in two suites, the Blackboard Academic Suite™ and the Blackboard Commerce Suite™. Blackboard's clients include colleges, universities, schools and other education providers, as well as textbook publishers and student-focused merchants that serve education providers and their students. Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices and staff in North America, Europe and Asia.

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard and other statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will," and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including the factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our most recent 10-K filed with the SEC. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company's views as of May 26, 2005. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's views as of any date subsequent to May 26, 2005.

Contact Information

  • Blackboard Public Relations Manager:

    Melissa Chotiner
    Blackboard Inc.
    +1 202 463-4860 ext. 2404
    Mchotiner@blackboard.com

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    Dan Baum
    DBC Public Relations
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