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Johannes De Gruyter
Johannes De Gruyter

Executive Director

Johannes De Gruyter is the Executive Director of the Office of Academic Innovation (OAI) and the Learning Center (TLC) at Portland State University. He has extensive and diverse leadership experience with academic innovation and digital transformation initiatives aimed at advancing lifelong learning and student success, both in the US and abroad. He is passionate about the exploration of alternative curricular and educational delivery models, the future of learning, learner-centered design and the pioneering of digital learning tools. Prior to PSU, he worked for the University of Leuven, Belgium; leading complex, regional and multi-national projects on e-learning and innovation in higher education (EuroPACE, LERU, EADTU, Coimbra Group). 

He holds an MA in History from the University of Leuven and an MS in Contemporary Asian Studies from the University of Amsterdam. He also has a certificate in Business Management from the EHSAL Management School and a certificate from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Johannes was born in Flemish-speaking Belgium and currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and 6-year-old.