Tim Clifford is President and CEO of Frontline Education. With deep technology industry expertise, Tim has a formidable leadership track record as an accomplished start-up, growth-stage, turn-around, and large company executive. Under his leadership Frontline Education has grown rapidly, attracting industry and investor attention. Tim led the successful sale of the company to renowned private equity investment firm, Thoma Bravo creating “edtech’s newest unicorn” in August of 2017. Additionally, Tim is a co-founder of the Frontline Research & Learning Institute and The Line, a publication dedicated to civil discourse in education.
Tim’s experience in cloud software, tech-enabled business process outsourcing and big data analytics comes from extensive work in enterprise markets with clients of all sizes, from sole proprietors to the largest global companies, as well as state and U.S. government agencies.
Before joining Frontline Education, Tim was a corporate officer and co-president of Automatic Data Processing (NYSE:ADP) National Accounts, a $2.5 billion human capital management software and services business serving the largest U.S. companies.
Prior to their acquisition by ADP, Tim was co-founder and CEO of Workscape, Inc., a pioneering cloud software provider to the human capital management industry. Launched in 1998, Workscape was one of the first web-based, HR software providers at the enterprise level. Their groundbreaking work to digitize human resources was instrumental in shaping the industry and yielded lasting effects on the way global HCM platforms are run to this day.
Tim also brings school council and board member experience to the Frontline Education team. He sat on the first school council enacted after former Governor Weld’s reform mandated council formations for schools across Massachusetts. He continues his work with educational organizations as a guest lecturer on entrepreneurism at Northeastern University’s School of Law. Tim serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee and Independent Director with the Insperity (NYSE: NSP) Board of Directors and is a Governor Baker-appointed member of the MassBay Community College Board of Trustees.
A former U.S. National Team and national champion oarsman, Tim holds a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.