SOURCE: The Virtual High School

The Virtual High School

June 25, 2015 16:13 ET

The Virtual High School Promotes Longtime Operations Executive to CEO Post

One of the Organizations Founding Employees, Carol Ribeiro, Appointed as President & CEO

MAYNARD, MA--(Marketwired - June 25, 2015) - The Virtual High School (VHS) (, a non-profit empowering schools with the industry's best online learning programs, today announced that its Board of Directors has selected a longtime, and founding employee, to be the organizations new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Carol Ribeiro, one of Virtual High School's (VHS) first staff members, has been appointed to the position, having previously served as Chief Operations Officer (COO). She replaces Jeffrey A. Elliott who will leave the organization at the end of the month to become president of Voyager Sopris Learning, a K-12 educational technology company, in Dallas, TX.

Ribeiro has worked for VHS for more than 15 years. She previously acted as the organization's Interim CEO when longtime President & CEO Liz Pape retired in 2012.

Ribeiro has over 20 years of experience in online education, operations management and systems development. At VHS, she has overseen overall operations including customer service, finance and accounting, technology services and support and human resources. Throughout her career, she has designed, developed and taught a variety of online and in-person courses. Ribeiro holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University and an MBA from Clark University. She is also a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI), and a certified educator.

"No one is more familiar with VHS or ideally suited to lead us in the future than Carol," said Chuck Olson, Chairman of the Board for VHS. "She has been tremendously instrumental in driving our growth up until this point and we are excited to see her take on a larger role within the organization."

"The Virtual High School is in great hands with Carol taking over as President and CEO," said Elliott. "Her leadership over the years has already benefited thousands of students, teachers and schools worldwide. This move will provide for an even greater impact over the coming months and years."

"With its focus on collaborative student-centered education that prepares students for college and careers, VHS is uniquely positioned to play an even greater role in helping schools and students reach their goals," said Ribeiro. "I am excited about this new opportunity and look forward to building on the success that Jeff and the VHS team have achieved."

About The Virtual High School

The Virtual High School is an online learning pioneer. Since 1995, the nonprofit organization has been setting the standard for quality online education. VHS provides courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development in 21st century teaching for educators. The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development, individualized course offerings, and support for blended learning initiatives.

VHS' design and delivery standards was 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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