Charles Thornburgh, CEO at Civitas Learning, discovered a passion for education while teaching high school students on the weekends during his undergraduate days at Stanford, and upon graduating translated that passion into the founding of multiple education start-ups. These early ventures included ClickSafety.com, an online safety training company, and Testtakers.com, the first rich-media, diagnostic, and prescriptive test prep tutoring application online. In 2002, his business was acquired by Kaplan, where he spent the next nine years as an in-house entrepreneur, launching several EdTech businesses in the K-12 and higher education markets.
Charles is a two-time CODiE Award recipient for excellence in software development and a former director on the Education Board of the Software & Information Industry Association. He is also named as one of the 16 People Changing the Landscape of Online Education Forever by FindOnlineEducation. Charles is a frequent speaker at education events around the country, when he is not home in Austin, TX, enjoying the outdoors with his wife and two young sons.