IMS Global Announces Tim Beekman, President & Co-Founder of SAFARI Montage as Recipient of the William H. (Bill) Graves Leadership Award

Beekman recognized for his leading voice in the evolution of ed-tech interoperability and unwavering spirit of collaboration and leadership to help K-12 districts transition to digital

Lake Mary, Florida – 26 May 2016 – IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global/IMS), the world leader in EdTech interoperability and innovation is pleased to announce that Tim Beekman, President & Co-Founder of SAFARI Montage, is the first recipient of the IMS Global William H. (Bill) Graves Leadership Award. The award is given to Mr. Beekman to recognize his many contributions and tremendous impact on growing the K-12 leadership within the IMS Global member community.

The award is named after one of the IMS Global founders and former Board Chair, Dr. William H. (Bill) Graves. Dr. Graves and his work had a profound impact, not just on IMS Global, but also on many successful organizations that he founded and touched. His leadership “style” featured some very unique attributes, including, working across academia and industry for the common good; encouraging institutional executive leadership in technology strategy; and keeping in view the big picture goal of improving educational outcomes.

The award recognizes extraordinary leadership in the spirit of Dr. Graves’ work. Recipients receive a $10,000 award to direct towards a charity of their choice.

Tim Beekman became involved in the IMS Global community in 2011 when SAFARI Montage joined IMS as a Contributing Member and has been a member of the IMS Board of Directors since then.  Under Tim’s leadership, SAFARI Montage has been one of the top participating suppliers in the technical work of the IMS community, including leadership to create the widely used Thin Common Cartridge, a breakthrough specification to address K-12 publisher and district needs for granular access to learning resources. Mr. Beekman has actively advocated that the unique value of IMS is the ability of districts to take ownership and leadership in the evolution of K-12 interoperability to meet their unique needs.

“When Tim began interacting with the IMS community we had three district members, said Dr. Rob Abel, CEO of IMS Global. “Today we have over 30 district members, many of whom engaged with IMS due to Tim’s leadership.” 

“I am honored to accept this award named after a true pioneer in the fields of technology and academia. I am proud to be a part of IMS Global, a community of innovative leaders in education and learning technology, and I strongly believe in the value of IMS interoperability standards and their potential to revolutionize K-12 digital learning. I look forward to continuing to collaborate on and advocate for IMS Global’s interoperability and adoption initiatives,” said Tim Beekman.

Abel concludes, “It is clear that Tim’s contribution has gone above and beyond – and it would be difficult to imagine IMS being where it is today in U.S. K-12 without the leadership of Tim Beekman.”

About IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global)

IMS Global is a nonprofit organization that advances technology that can affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. IMS members are leading suppliers, institutions and government organizations that are enabling the future of education by collaborating on interoperability and adoption initiatives. IMS sponsors the Learning Impact Leadership Institute, a global program focused on recognizing the impact of innovative technology on educational access, affordability, and quality while developing the people and ideas that are going to help shape the future of educational technology.


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