Lord David Willetts Joins 2U as Strategic Advisor

LANDOVER, Md., Aug. 4, 2016

2U, Inc., today announced that Lord David Willetts, the former minister of state of universities and science in the United Kingdom, has joined 2U as a strategic advisor to the CEO. In this role he will provide insights and global perspective to 2U and its leadership as the company works to expand its footprint and impact globally. 2U partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degree programs so students everywhere can reach their full potential. 2U-powered programs have enrolled 21,171 students, inception to date, in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and more than 75 countries.

“I am excited to announce today that Lord Willetts will be joining 2U as a strategic advisor,” said Chip Paucek, 2U’s CEO and co-founder. “His support as a global higher education expert will be invaluable as we develop our global strategy and grow our presence in the international higher education market, a key area of interest and long-term opportunity for 2U.”

“I am happy to be providing strategic counsel to 2U at this important time in their growth,” said Willetts. “I look forward to supporting 2U as it works to develop quality online degree programs through partnerships with top-tier universities around the world, increasing access for students and helping universities to further their missions.”

Willetts is currently the executive chairman of the Resolution Foundation and a visiting professor at King’s College London. He also serves as the higher education advisory board chair at TES Global, the company behind the world’s largest digital community of teachers and the publisher of TES and Times Higher Education (THE). Previously, Willetts was minister for universities and science, attending cabinet, from 2010-2014. He was the member of Parliament for Havant from 1992-2015. Before that he worked at HM Treasury and the Number 10 Policy Unit. He also served as paymaster general in the last Conservative Government. Willetts has written widely on economic and social policy. His most recent book The Pinch was published by Atlantic Books.

About 2U, Inc.

2U partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world’s best online degree programs so students everywhere can reach their full potential. Our Platform, a fusion of cloud-based software-as-a-service technology and technology-enabled services, provides schools with the comprehensive operating infrastructure they need to attract, enroll, educate, support and graduate students globally. Blending live face-to-face classes, dynamic course content and real-world learning experiences, 2U’s No Back Row® approach ensures that every qualified student can experience the highest quality university education for the most successful outcome