WCET Welcomes New 2014 Steering Committee Members

October 14, 2014
News Release

The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) is the leading cooperative, membership-driven, non-profit organization devoted to advancing excellence in technology-enhanced higher education, working at the intersection of practice, policy, and technology.

The Steering Committee is representative of the WCET membership and are elected by their peers. The Steering Committee makes recommendations on programmatic issues of interest to the membership at-large and leads and/or contributes to activities in support of WCET's programs and membership, upon the request of the Steering Committee Chair and Executive Director. The newly elected members will begin their terms during the 2014 WCET Annual Meeting in Portland, OR. See current Steering Committee members.

WCET congratulates the following individuals for their election to your cooperative's Steering Committee:

Deb AdairDeborah Adair
Managing Director and Chief Planning Officer
Quality Matters (MD)

Deborah is your at-large representative. Since 2007, Deb has helped develop and lead Quality Matters, a non-profit organization providing programs for quality assurance in elearning and serving K12, postsecondary, government, corporate, and others in the U.S. and abroad. With over 25 years' experience in higher education, she has held faculty appointments, served as an organizational consultant, and worked in the adult literacy field prior to joining QM. In addition to WCET, Deb serves on the board of NUTN and has authored and presented widely on the topic of quality in elearning.

Matt PrineasMatt Prineas
Dean and Vice Provost, The Undergraduate School
University of Maryland University College

Matt is your at-large representative. Matt is the vice provost and dean fo The Undergraduate School at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), where he has worked for the past 12 years. His professional interests are in the areas of adult education and online education. He has published and presented on assessment, academic integrity, student authentication, and the changing faculty role. He received his Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Rochester and an M.A. in English from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Wm. Preston DavisWm. Preston Davis
Director of Instructional Services
Northern Virginia Community College (VA)

Preston is your public two-year institutions representative. Preston is responsible for educational technology and online instructional resources. He also manages the online instructor training and certification program for NOVA's Extended Learning Institute, and leads the Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative at NOVA. Preston has 20 years professional experience in higher education as faculty, program manager, dean, director and consultant.

Justin LouderJustin Louder
Assistant Vice Provost, Worldwide eLearning
Texas Tech University (TX)
Justin is your public, four-year institutions representative. Justin is the primary consultant for TTU Colleges and Department leaders on the development of new, high demand eLearning degree and certificate proposals. Frequent national and international presenter, lecturer, and author on the topics of distance and online learning, student ethics, and academic integrity, Justin is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the TTU College of Education. He also holds several certifications related to online course design and delivery and is an experienced online instructor. Additionally, Justin has secured over $2.1 million in grants in the fields of ethics and human services.

Nick WhiteNick White
Senior Manager, Instructional Design
Capella University (MN)
Nick is your proprietary institutions representative. Nick leads Capella University's award-winning curriculum & instructional design team. Nick's team collaborates with faculty members to design program, including Capella's Flexpath direct assessmetn offerings, based on data, best practices, and learning science. Nick is the recipient of multiple instructional design awards and is a frequent speaker at national conferences.

Joan Bouillon
Joan BouillonDirector of Regulatory Compliance
Pearson Education (CO)
Joan is your corporations representative. As the Director of Regulatory Compliance at Pearson, Joan is the knowledge resource for accreditation and federal and state regulations. Her primary responsibility is assisting Pearson's staff and partners with the requirements for distance education. Joan has a Ph.D. from UCLA and a M.S. and B.A. in Chemistry.


In addition, the staff and Steering Committee would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the outgoing members of our Steering Committee: Karen Solomon, Karan Powell, and Robert Wagner. Your service and guidance have been immeasurable and we look forward to a continued relationship with your cooperative, WCET.