Dr. A. Frank Mayadas
Founding President, Sloan-C and Program Director (ret’d), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Dr. Mayadas retired in 2010, after 17 years as an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Program
Director, and then more recently as a Senior Advisor to the Foundation, when he continued to be involved in online learning and other programs that he had had a role in developing.
During his time as a Sloan Program Director, Sloan, Dr. Mayadas was involved in a number of areas: online education, globalization of industries, industry studies, and career choice in technical fields. He started the Sloan online learning program in 1993. This program (known as Anytime, Anyplace Learning) has had a profound impact in moving the academic field forward. He is the founding president of Sloan-C (the Sloan Consortium), the premier society for professionals engaged in online education programs. A large number of disciplines are covered by member academic institutions of the consortium, ranging across humanities, engineering, business, and social-, life- and physical- sciences. Dr. Mayadas has been a keynote speaker at several distance education in the US, as well as abroad.
Dr. Mayadas received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell in 1965, and a B.S. from the Colorado School of Mines in 1961. Prior to coming to the Sloan Foundation, Frank Mayadas had spent 27 years at the IBM Corporation. Among his assignments there, he was Vice President, Technology and Solutions Development (Application Solutions Line of Business), General Manager, University and College Systems (where he managed the successful NSFNet Internet project); ; IBM Research Division Vice President and Director, Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California; and IBM Director and Secretary of IBM's Corporate Management Board and the IBM Management Committee.
He has more than 40 published papers in Systems, Devices, Solid State Physics, and online education. He holds several patents and awards from IBM. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the American Physical Society, and a past Director of the Society of Engineering Science. He is a member of the Halls of Fame for USDLA and International Adult and Continuing Education, a member of the Marquis Who's Who in the US, and recipient of the Distinguished Medal of Achievement from Colorado School of Mines .
He has served as a member of the National Advisory Board for Georgia Tech, the Advisory Board for the College of Engineering, University of Florida, and as Chair of the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a member of the board of e-Cornell, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cornell University, and a member of the board of American Sentinel University. Dr. Mayadas has testified on e-learning before the US Congress on two occasions, as well as before the 2007 National (Spellings) Commission on the Future of Higher Education.