Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 9:45am - 10:45am
Room: Lawrence A
Susan C. Aldridge serves as president of Drexel University Online, where she is responsible for comprehensive services to online students, while also pursuing innovative approaches to online curricula, teaching, and student assessment. A highly accomplished and widely recognized higher education leader and strategist, both here at home and abroad, Aldridge has held executive leadership positions in some of the largest universities in the country. She spent six years as president of University of Maryland University College, and, prior to that, 10 years as vice chancellor for the Global Campus at Troy University in Alabama. During her tenure, both of these universities greatly expanded their global reach; implemented a series of sustainable growth strategies; effected sophisticated analytic systems for measuring quality service and student success; and received outstanding accreditation reviews. Before joining Drexel University, Aldridge also served as a senior fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities where she was commissioned to write a book, Wired for Success, which she co-authored with Kathleen Harvatt. She is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences and consultant to university presidents, government officials and business leaders in the areas of quality technology-enhanced learning, expanded academic access, increased student success, sustainable campus growth and global academic partnerships.
David Clinefelter is the chief academic officer at The Learning House, Inc., in Louisville, Kentucky, where he develops academic tools, training and strategies for online higher education. Clinefelter was a professor at the University of Nebraska, Omaha; a lecturer at The Ohio State University; and both vice president of academic affairs and president at Graceland University. In 2002, Clinefelter was provost at Kaplan University, and chief academic officer at Walden University.
Luke Dowden is the director of the office of distance learning at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As the founding director, Dowden led the creation and adoption of distance learning policies that support quality course development, program growth, faculty professional development and student success. He is a member of the WCET Steering Committee serving as Chair. Previously, he served as dean of Accelerated Learning at Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana. Dowden earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He was the inaugural winner of the Bruce N. Chaloux Award for Early Career Excellence in Online Education presented by the Online Learning Consortium in 2014.
Cali Morrison, manager, Communications, has responsibility for WCET's communications strategies and keeping our members connected to the cooperative. Morrison holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Western Kentucky University, a M.Ed. in Adult & Higher Education from Montana State University, an online graduate certificate in Women's Studies from Western Kentucky University and is currently pursuing an Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Administration from Montana State University. Prior to joining WCET, she worked at Montana State University in various positions for over seven years. Morrison lives in Bozeman, MT with her husband, two daughters and, dogs, where she is active in the community, especially with the CAP mentoring and Girls for a Change programs.