Friday, November 6, 2009

Rio Salado President Linda Thor Joins EDUCAUSE Board

EDUCAUSE, the association for information technology in higher education, announced the appointment of Linda Thor, president of Rio Salado College, to a four-year term on the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors effective Jan. 1, 2010. Dr. Thor’s appointment was confirmed by a unanimous vote of the board at its Nov. 2 meeting.

About the appointment, EDUCAUSE President Diana Oblinger said, “Linda Thor leads a unique institution and has a history of innovation and a wealth of experience in higher education. Under her guidance, Rio Salado College has been a national leader in the use of technology to make higher education more accessible and responsive to the needs of students and communities. That makes her the perfect person to join the EDUCAUSE board and inform the association’s efforts to advance the best interests of higher education.”

In accepting her seat, Dr. Thor commented, “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors. EDUCAUSE has contributed greatly to how colleges and universities think about and utilize technology to fulfill their missions. I look forward to working with my fellow board members to enhance the association’s outreach to institutional leaders of all types on the difference technology can make to achieving higher education’s strategic aims.”

As Rio Salado’s president, Dr. Thor heads an institution that serves some 51,000 credit and 14,000 noncredit students each year, giving it the largest enrollment among the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges serving the greater Phoenix, Arizona, area. As a “college without walls,” Rio Salado specializes in serving working adults through distance learning, offering customized degrees in business and government and accelerated programs such as dual enrollment for high school students. The institution has attracted national attention for award-winning online programs in areas including postbaccalaureate teacher preparation and nursing.

Dr. Thor has served as adjunct faculty for the UCLA School of Education, Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, and Rio Salado College. She currently teaches for Northern Arizona University at the master’s and doctoral levels. She also serves as a member of the American Council on Education (ACE) Commission on Lifelong Learning and the Executive Council of the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications (WCET).

Dr. Thor holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Pepperdine University, a master’s in public administration from California State University, Los Angeles, and the doctor of education degree in community college administration from Pepperdine.
Linda Bird
Executive Assistant to President Thor
Rio Salado College
Jarret Cummings
Special Assistant to the President