The founding director of the Center for Online Leadership, Ray Schroeder, is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in online education.  As both a faculty member and administrator, Ray brings both deep knowledge of and a passion for advancing the field of online education—its potential to transform institutions struggling in the new economy, its role in expanding access for time- and distance-challenged students, and its capacity to revolutionize teaching and learning. 

Ray has been engaged in online learning since 1997.  He has built a very successful program with more than 20 online degree and certificate programs at the University of Illinois Springfield.  Ray is well-known nationally as a leader in the field, annually delivering more than two dozen keynote addresses and invited conference presentation.  He regularly publishes articles, book chapters, and the very popular daily Online Learning Update,  Educational Technology and the Professional, Continuing, and Online Education Update blogs.  Thousands of leaders and professionals in the field follow Ray’s blogs and tweets on a daily basis.  Schroeder is the inaugural recipient of the prestigious A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award and the 2012 Innovation Fellow for Digital Learning by the UPCEA. Most recently, he has founded the UPCEA Center for Online Leadership. 

Ray Schroeder 
UPCEA Center for Online Leadership

"I was so pleased to learn that Professor Ray Schroeder, Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning, University of Illinois, Springfield has been named the Director of the Center for Online Leadership for UPCEA. Those of us who have had the good fortune to work directly with Ray know him as a visionary thought leader in the world of online education, a colleague who is a true learning partner in all his interactions, and a wonderful mentor to everyone he spends time with. Many of us get our daily "fix" of the future of higher and online education from Ray's daily newsfeeds, and I can think of no better person to head up the Center for Online Leadership for UPCEA. Under Bob Hansen's visionary leadership for UPCEA, bringing Ray Schroeder into the fold is just another exciting step for this exciting organization dedicated to continuing education professionals."

-Marie Cini, University of Maryland University College 

Advisory Council

Susan C. Aldridge
Drexel University e-Learning

Wally Boston
American Public University

Elizabeth Ciabocchi
Vice Provost for Digital Learning, St. John's University

David Cillay
Vice President of WSU Global Campus, 
Washington State University

Hunt Lambert
Harvard Extension School

Chris Murray
Thompson Coburn, LLP

Mary Niemiec
Associate Vice President for Distance Education, 
University of Nebraska

Alexandra Pickett
Associate Director, 
SUNY Learning Network

Jason Rhode
Director, Faculty Development and Instructional Design CenterNorthern Illinois University

Witt Salley
Director of Online Education, Clemson University

Carol Scheidenhelm
Director of Center for Ignatian Pedagogy, Loyola University Chicago

Steven Taylor
Associate Director, Special Initiatives, American Council on Education

Karen Vignare
Associate Provost and Director, Center for Innovation in Learning, University of Maryland University College

Craig Weidemann
Vice President for Outreach and Vice Provost for Online Education, The Pennsylvania State University