Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 8:00am - 9:15am
Room: Confluence Ballroom
Ron Legon, Ph.D., is executive director of The Quality Matters Program and provost Emeritus of the University of Baltimore (UB), where he served as provost from 1992 to 2003. He also served as director of the MBNA e-Learning Center at UB, where he led the establishment of the first AACSB accredited fully online MBA program in 1998, and director of the Helen P. Denit Honors Program. In 2008, the U.S. Distance Learning Association recognized Legon for Outstanding Leadership in the Field of Distance Education. Prior to joining UB, Legon served as a faculty member and in a variety of administrative roles at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) over a 25-year period. He served successively as a department chair, associate dean of the graduate college, dean of the graduate college and associate vice chancellor for research, and associate vice chancellor academic affairs. Legon received his Bachelor’s Degree from the City College of New York, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees from Cornell University and studied as a Fulbright Scholar at Brasenose College, Oxford University. Over the past 45 years, Legon has taught history and humanities at Brooklyn College, UIC, the University of Chicago, and, most recently, at UB, where he has taught online, hybrid and face-to-face courses. He has published widely in the fields of Greek History and online education.
Loraine Schmitt is the dean of distance education at Portland Community College in Oregon and is the chair of the Instructional Technology Council (ITC) board of directors and served as the western region board member for five years. She provides leadership for strategic growth and continuous improvement of the online program and also oversaw collaborative efforts for course sharing between Oregon’s community colleges while she was dean of distance education and academic technology at Chemeketa Community College. She has been a member on the ITC Distance Education Leadership Academy faculty since its inception. Schmitt has been engaged in distance education for over 20 years and has had significant involvement in Quality Matters and online accessibility efforts. She holds a master's degree in adult education with a focus on instructional systems and organizational development from Oregon State University and a B.S. from the University of Kansas.
Ray Schroeder is professor emeritus, associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois Springfield and Director of the Center for Online Leadership at the University Continuing and Professional Education Association (UPCEA). Schroeder publishes the popular UPCEA, Online Learning Update and Educational Technology blogs. He is the inaugural 2010 recipient of the Sloan Consortium's highest Individual award - the Frank Mayadas Leadership Award. He received the 2011 University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award.
Mike Abbiatti is the Executive Director of WCET and WICHE Vice President for Educational Technologies. Abbiatti assumed the WCET leadership position in January 2015. Previously he was the director of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Educational Technology Cooperative. Abbiatti was formerly associate commissioner for information and learning technology for the Louisiana Board of Regents. He is the founding director of the successful Louisiana Board of Regents Electronic Campus, and former director of Distance Education for Louisiana State University. Abbiatti has been recognized by the Computerworld-Smithsonian Awards Program as a Laureate signifying leadership in the design, deployment, and utilization of Information Technology for the benefit of Louisiana's citizens, and is a past member of the EDNET Education Executive Advisory Board. Other national recognitions include the United States Distance Learning Association's Most Outstanding Achievement by an Individual in K-12 Award, Electronic Learning Magazine's Distinguished Achievement Award through the Educator of the Year Program.