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Aurora Institute

Bruce Friend

Chief Operating Officer

Focus Areas: Foundations, Grants, Symposium

A former secondary school teacher and administrator, Bruce was a founding member, teacher, and chief administrator of two state-wide virtual school programs, Florida Virtual School and North Carolina Virtual Public School. Bruce serves as a special advisor for online learning and digital content issues to online programs, state and district leaders, education technology companies, and families. Several school districts, charters, and independent school associations have created award-winning online programs thanks to Bruce’s involvement. His expertise in this field resulted in an assignment to the K-12 education committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee in Paris, France as well as serving on the advisory boards for several online learning organizations. In 2012 Bruce was elected to the Board of Directors for Communities in Schools – Wake County (NC). He has been recognized with the “Most Outstanding Achievement by an Individual: K-12 Education” award by the United States Distance Learning Association and is a two-time recipient of the Florida Principal Achievement Award.

Bruce has a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.ED from the University of Central Florida.