Great news and congratulations to Frank.


On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM, Jay Walsh <> wrote:

> Passing along for your information. This release is posted on the WMF wiki
> at
> An accompanying Q&A can also be found here:
> ---
> Frank Schulenburg named executive director of new Wiki Education Foundation
> (San Francisco, California) 12 February 2014 -- The Wiki Education
> Foundation, a new nonprofit organization that supports the Wikipedia
> Education Program in the United States and Canada, has named Frank
> Schulenburg as its inaugural executive director. Schulenburg, formerly
> senior director of programs at the Wikimedia Foundation, will begin
> his new role February 18, 2014.
> "I look forward to leading the Wiki Education Foundation," said
> Schulenburg. "We are off to a great start, and will build on the
> strong success of the Wikimedia Foundation's Wikipedia Education
> Program to further engage educators, researchers and students to
> provide more high-quality content for Wikipedia's readers."
> Started by the Wikimedia Foundation in 2010, the Wikipedia Education
> Program encourages students to contribute content to Wikipedia
> articles on course-related subjects as part of classroom assignments
> developed by their faculty and instructors. Over the past four years,
> more than 6,000 students in the United States and Canada have
> contributed content to Wikipedia as part of the Wikipedia Education
> Program, adding the equivalent of 36,600 printed pages of content to
> Wikipedia and significantly increasing the amount of high-quality
> content that Wikipedia offers its half-billion readers.
> In response to that success and to give the program more focused and
> specialized support, in 2012 the Wikimedia Foundation began a process
> to spin off the United States and Canada work into its own,
> independent nonprofit organization. The resulting Wiki Education
> Foundation was created in late 2013, and Schulenburg will be its first
> executive director. The Wiki Education Foundation will continue to
> support the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and
> Canada, and will develop additional programs to promote academic
> research and teaching that engage with Wikipedia.
> "I am delighted that Frank has agreed to lead the Wiki Education
> Foundation as executive director," said Dr. Diana Strassmann, Carolyn
> and Fred McManis Distinguished Professor in the Practice at Rice
> University and chair of the board of the Wiki Education Foundation,
> who began using Wikipedia as a teaching tool in her classes in 2007.
> "Under Frank's leadership, the Wiki Education Foundation will continue
> to expand engagement among educators, students, and Wikipedia, and
> will continue to diversify the community of Wikipedians, while
> improving the quality and depth of Wikipedia."
> "Frank is the perfect person to lead the Wiki Education Foundation,"
> said Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner. "Frank's a
> very experienced Wikipedia contributor with a long track record of
> inventing and leading successful programs that make Wikipedia better
> and more useful for its readers. I am sorry we will lose him from the
> Wikimedia Foundation, but I look forward to seeing the Wiki Education
> Foundation thrive and succeed under his leadership."
> A longtime Wikipedian and an employee of the Wikimedia Foundation
> since 2008, Schulenburg has focused on broadening participation and
> developing the public understanding of Wikipedia, especially among
> subject matter experts. He has spoken globally about efforts to
> increase the relevance of Wikipedia in academia. In 2006, he founded
> Wikipedia Academy, an event aimed at cultivating dialogue between
> Wikipedia contributors and academics. In 2009, he initiated the
> Bookshelf Project, which created the first educational materials for
> new Wikipedia contributors. In 2010 he designed and implemented the
> Wikipedia Education Program. From 2012 on he was a member of the
> executive management team of the Wikimedia Foundation, overseeing the
> Wikipedia Education Program, Wikipedia Zero, and a new initiative to
> evaluate the impact of programmatic activities across countries.
> Schulenburg has been involved with Wikipedia since 2005, both as an
> author and as a photographer.
> The Wiki Education Foundation board conducted an extensive search for
> an executive director before selecting Schulenburg. The board includes
> educators from a variety of backgrounds, Wikipedia volunteers, and
> other key stakeholders. The Wiki Education Foundation is currently
> supporting university instructors in the United States and Canada.
> Interested instructors are encouraged to send an email to
> About the Wiki Education Foundation
> The Wiki Education Foundation supports innovative uses of Wikipedia
> and related projects in communities of teaching, learning, and inquiry
> in the United States and Canada. The Foundation aims to improve the
> breadth, scope, and quality of Wikimedia content; enhance student
> information fluency; and increase the number and diversity of
> contributors to the free knowledge movement by engaging educators,
> researchers, and students. The Wiki Education Foundation has applied
> for 501(c)(3) charity status.
> About the Wikipedia Education Program
> The Wikipedia Education Program means the end of throwaway assignments
> and the beginning of real-world impact for students. The premise is
> simple: Instructors assign their students to contribute to Wikipedia
> as part of their coursework. The Wikipedia Education Program is a
> global initiative, with activities in more than 60 countries. The
> Wikimedia Foundation launched the Wikipedia Education Program in 2011
> after a successful pilot. It supports the program with brochures,
> online trainings, a MediaWiki extension enabling educators to track
> student work, and other resources.
> About the Wikimedia Foundation
> The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that operates
> Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to comScore Media Metrix,
> Wikipedia and the other projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation
> receive more than 490 million unique visitors per month, making them
> the fifth-most popular web property worldwide (comScore, December
> 2013). Available in 287 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 30
> million articles contributed by a global volunteer community of
> roughly 80,000 people. Based in San Francisco, California, the
> Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) charity that is funded
> primarily through donations and grants.
> Contact for press inquiries
> Frank Schulenburg, Wiki Education Foundation
> +1 (415) 517 0453
> Communications, Wikimedia Foundation
> +1 415-839-6885 ext 6633
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