Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Pat James has been a leader in Distance Education in California since 2000. She has taught multimedia production courses online, was chair of the ASCCC Technology Committee, and won the Chancellor's Office Technology Innovators' award in 2008. As Dean of Instructional Technology and DE at Mt. San Jacinto Community College, she co-directed the state @ONE professional development project, served on many system advisory committees, and taught online educators through the @ONE certification program. She has also provided instructional design support for a variety of colleges and universities and has served on the Student Success CIG for WCET. In 2012, under her direction, Mt. San Jacinto College was awarded a Gates Foundation grant to build a developmental writing MOOC. She is currently serving as the Executive Director of the California Community Colleges' Online Education Initiative. Pat is dedicated to developing quality distance learning opportunities. Her blog about the OEI can be found at http://ccctechedge.org
George Pernsteiner became President of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) association on September 16, 2013. Prior to joining SHEEO, President Pernsteiner served as Chancellor of the Oregon University System from July 2004 to March 2013. Previously in his career, he served as Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Vice President for Finance and Administration at Portland State University; and Vice Provost and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Oregon. He has taught at Portland State University, the University of Puget Sound, and the University of Oregon. Before beginning work in higher education, Pernsteiner served as a senior executive for Seattle city government. He holds degrees from Seattle University and the University of Washington.
Judith Sebesta serves as director of Innovation for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Prior to this position, she was program director for Distance Learning at the THECB, providing curricular and managerial support for the development of the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Program, among other duties. She has been a professor at the University of Missouri, University of Arizona, University of Evansville, and Lamar University, as well as a department chair at the latter, and has published on innovation and faculty development in higher education. Sebesta earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. from the Florida State University, and a B.A. from Austin College.
Darlene Williams is the vice president for Technology, Innovation, and Economic Development at Northwestern State University. In this capacity, she oversees the Offices of Electronic and Continuing Education, Office of Sponsored Programs, the Small Business Development Center, campus sites located at Barksdale Air Force Base and the Tunica-Biloxi Cultural and Educational Resources Center, and two satellite campuses located in Alexandria and Leesville-Ft. Polk. Williams administers eNSU (Northwestern State’s Electronic Campus), an extensive online professional development program for faculty, and one of the largest video conferencing networks in the state. She also serves as the Chair of the Louisiana Board of Regents eLearning Task Force. She has served on the WCET Steering and Annual Conference Program Committees, has been a frequent presenter at the Annual Conference, and has helped to nurture WCET’s relationship with other higher education institutions in Louisiana. Williams earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.