OLC Leadership Network Event

Join us for OLC’s Leadership Network Event, where we bring together digital leaders from academics, non-profits, and the private sector to discuss digital education strategy across the institution. Increasingly, the changing educational landscape along with the rise of alternative educational providers have opened new pathways and opportunities in digital leadership, research and collaboration. Digital leaders are guiding initiatives at traditional academic institutions and non-profits, developing new products and approaches within the private sector, and working to establish policies and regulations within government. We see ever increasing demand for cross-sector collaborations led by digital leaders across an increasingly diverse educational landscape. Join us at this half-day event for featured presentations and small group discussions on opportunities for digital leaders, both established and emerging, in embedding digital strategy within the mission, goals and initiatives of entire institutions and organizations.

Leadership Network Moderators

Jennifer Mathes
Jennifer Mathes – Moderator, Chief Executive Officer, Online Learning Consortium
Mary Niemiec
Mary Niemiec – Moderator, Associate Vice President for Digital Education and Director, University of Nebraska Online
Angela Gunder
Angela Gunder – Moderator, Vice President of Learning, Online Learning Consortium

Leadership Network Speakers

Elizabeth (Liz) Ciabocchi, Ed.D
Elizabeth (Liz) Ciabocchi, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Adelphi University
Vincent J. Del Casino, Jr.
Vincent J. Del Casino, Jr., Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, San Jose State University
Melissa Vito
Melissa Vito Interim Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, University of Texas at San Antonio
Tanya Joosten
Tanya Joosten, Director, Digital Learning Research and Development, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Craig Weidemann
Craig Weidemann, Vice President for Outreach and Vice Provost for Online Education Emeritus, Penn State University
Ron Legon
Ron Legon, Executive Director Emeritus, Quality Matters



The Leadership Network event is open to all OLC Innovate participants and held in three parts on Thursday, June 18. Attendees can attend one or all of the sessions, and are encouraged to bring colleagues from their leadership teams to attend as a connected cohort across the event.

June 18, 12:15pm – 1:00pm US EDT – Building Institutional Strategy Embedded with Digital

Creating institutional capacity for ensuring student success in our ever-changing educational landscape requires digital transformation across organizations. This session will provide leaders of all levels and expertise concrete examples, resources and calls to action for establishing institutional strategy that is supported by leading-edge online and digital learning strategy.

  • Lead Presenters: Mary Niemiec, Liz Ciabocchi
  • Moderator: Jennifer Mathes


June 18, 2:30pm to 3:15pm US EDT  – Managing Up, Down and Across the Online Enterprise

Building and sustaining online efforts that focus on quality, inclusion and impact must begin with securing “institutional buy-in”. This session will focus on strategies and resources for establishing a foundational space for creativity and innovation that encompasses the mission and goals of the entire institution (and not just the fully-online enterprise as an isolated silo).

  • Lead Presenter: Vincent Del Casino, Jr.
  • Moderator: Mary Niemiec


June 18, 4:45pm to 5:30pm US EDT – Vision 2030 – Futurecasting Needs for Leadership in the Next Decade

In these unprecedented times, online and digital leaders must come together to guide initiatives and critical support for the success of all learners, particularly across a landscape where quality, access, and support are not equitably present. This panel brings together members of the online community to provide focus for our collective actions in both the short term and the long term, helping us to advance quality digital teaching and learning experiences.

  • Moderator: Angela Gunder
  • Panelists: Ron Legon (Quality Matters), Melissa Vito (University of Texas at San Antonio), Tanya Joosten (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee), Craig Weidemann (Pennsylvania State University)


OLC Leadership Network Event: A National Collaboration of Leaders | REGISTRATION

Registration for this event is free and included with your OLC Innovate 2020 Virtual Conference. 

More Information

Please contact Angela Gunder at angela.gunder@onlinelearning-c.org with any questions.


Leadership Network Planning Committee

Special thanks to the members of the Leadership Network Planning Committee for their efforts organizing this event:

Mary Niemiec
Mary Niemiec – Moderator, Associate Vice President for Digital Education and Director, University of Nebraska Online
Eric Fredericksen
Eric Fredericksen, Ed.D President, OLC Board of Directors, Associate VP for Online Learning & Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, University of Rochester
Dr Peter Shea
Peter Shea, Ph.D Associate Provost for Online Learning, University at Albany – SUNY
Angela Gunder
Angela Gunder Vice President of Learning, Online Learning Consortium

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