WCET Welcomes New 2015 Steering Committee Members

News Release

September 15, 2015

Contact: Cali Morrison
Manager of Communications, WCET
303-541-0234 (Office)
406-580-5894 (mobile)

Boulder, CO – The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) is the leader in the practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education.  The Steering Committee advises WCET 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 Steering Committee is representative of the WCET membership and are elected by their peers.

The newly elected members will begin their terms at the 2015 WCET Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, November 11- 13, 2015. WCET congratulates the following individuals on their election to your cooperative’s Steering Committee:

Amanda BabcockAmanda Babcock
Online Programs Compliance Coordinator
University of Utah

Amanda is your at-large representative. Amanda manages State Authorization and accreditation compliance for the University of Utah’s online offerings. Through WCET webinars and other presentations, she has shared her experiences taking a major public university from no compliance to a structured process in less than a year. She also has a strong interest in disability issues in higher education, including accessibility policies and  best practices for online offerings. Prior to joining the University of Utah, Amanda held leadership positions overseeing regional higher education student services, academic affairs, online education, admissions and operations.  Her experiences range across faculty development, student retention, appeals and discipline to FERPA compliance and IPEDS data reporting. Amanda received a B.A. in English from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, a M.A. in English from the University of Utah and is currently in her second year as a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership and Policy department at the University of Utah.

Kelvin BentleyKelvin Bentley
Vice President for Academic Affairs
TCC Connect Campus, Tarrant County Community College District

Kelvin is your two-year public institution representative. Kelvin has held administrative positions overseeing online learning initiatives for different colleges and universities. Kelvin currently serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs for Tarrant County College's TCC Connect Campus, an administrative unit that oversees online learning, dual credit programming, and an accelerated Weekend College. In addition, he has held administrative positions with companies including Lumen Learning and consultant roles with companies such as Blackboard and Eduventures. Kelvin’s most recent honors include serving as an active participant in EDUCAUSE’s Breakthrough Models Academy in 2014 and as a Fulbright Specialist in distance education since 2010.

Leah MatthewsLeah Matthews
Executive Director
Distance Education Accrediting Commission

Leah is your at-large representative. Leah currently serves as the Executive Director of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission located in Washington, DC. The DEAC is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1926 that accredits 102 distance education institutions serving nearly 1.2 million students annually. Leah has over eighteen years of experience in higher education accreditation. Her expertise in higher education policy led to her selection as a non-federal negotiator for the U.S. Department of Education Rulemaking Sessions that addressed areas that included state authorization. Leah previously held positions with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges, as well as a civilian advocating for postsecondary education options for soldiers and their families and a classroom teacher in the Baltimore City Schools. Leah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Education from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA; a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a PhD in Education from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.

Tanya SpilovoyTanya Spilovoy
Director, Distance Education and State Authorization
North Dakota University System

Tanya is your state or system higher education office representative. Tanya leads North Dakota’s 11 public institutions in distance and online education. She is also the regulator for post-secondary, degree-granting institutions. Tanya serves on the MHEC-SARA Steering Committee. Tanya is leading the Open Educational Resources Initiative for the NDUS. She is interested using technology to creating opportunities for student access and success in higher education. Tanya earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature/English Writing and Speaking at Union College (NE), a MAEd from Hamline University, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Organizational Change from Benedictine University.

See the continuing Steering Committee Members.  Be sure to join us all at the WCET Annual Meeting November 11 – 13 in Denver, CO.

About WCET
The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) is the leader in the practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced higher education.  More information about WCET’s institutional membership resources and services can be found on WCET’s website, http://wcet.wiche.edu