Motlow president named to Berkeley College online board

Times-Gazette | June 3, 2019 - Motlow State Community College President Michael Torrence was recently selected as a member of the Berkeley College Online Advisory Board. The selection is the latest in a growing list of significant national recognition of Torrence's leadership and expertise in using technology to enhance student success.

The Online Advisory Board will commence its first meeting in June and was created to provide a collaborative resource so that each member institution can gain insights and greater perspectives. Mindful of the many obligations and commitments in which the advisory board members are involved, meetings will be conducted online via Zoom.

"We're in the ever-evolving world of distance education," said Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online. "With quality as our focus, I expect that we will share ideas, feedback and guidance on the initiatives we are pursuing and those which lie ahead. We will operate virtually like a think tank."

Since arriving as Motlow's seventh president in May 2018, Torrence has led the College to its current ranking as the top performing college in Tennessee. In addition, he has been appointed to multiple boards, including the Western Governors University (WGU) Tennessee advisory board and the Online Learning Consortium board. He recently became one of only 25 two-year college presidents worldwide to receive the Phi Theta Kappa Paragon Award, recognizing his commitment to student success.

"Motlow State has been one of the fastest growing colleges in Tennessee for more than three years. That is due in great part to our commitment to accessibility and equity. That commitment means delivering instruction in new and meaningful ways," said Torrence. "We have been leaders in growing online access to higher education. However, just being online is not enough. Being named to the Berkeley College Online Advisory Boards gives us a collaborative group of colleagues that will help us invent, launch, and assess ways to leverage technology to make online learning powerfully engaging."

Berkeley College is a private for-profit college founded in 1931 with campuses in New York and New Jersey. It is regionally credited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees along with certificate programs.

Additional members of the Online Advisory Board are: Kelvin Bentley, PhD, Assistant Vice President for Digital Learning Innovation, University of West Florida; Cynthia Caruso, Executive Administrative Assistant, Berkeley College Online® and Berkeley College Online alumna; Kee Chan, PhD, Program Director, Online Master of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago; Angela Gibson, EdD, Faculty, Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and Lecturer, Higher Education Administration Leadership doctoral certificate and Master of Adult Education program, Texas A&M University - Kingsville; Angela Gunder, Director Instructional Design/Curriculum Development, University of Arizona and OLC board member; Sharon Goldstein, Campus Operating Officer, Berkeley College Online; Dean Hoke, Co-founder, Managing Director, North America, Edu-Alliance.Second row, left to right:Sherri Restauri, PhD, Director of Coastal Office of Online Learning, Coastal Carolina University and OLC Accelerate Conference Co-chair; Joseph Scuralli, DPS, Dean, Berkeley College, Online; Charles Sengestock, EdD, Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development, Drake University; Kaye Shelton, PhD, Professor, Educational Leadership, Lamar University, and OLC board member; and Robert Zotti, Director, Online Learning, Stevens Institute of Technology.

SOURCE: Times-Gazette