Tuesday, July 31, 2012

RSC Welcomes New VP of Academic Affairs

Dana Offerman, Ph.D. has accepted the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs at Rio Salado College effective August 1, 2012. She was selected following a national search, and most recently served as a consultant to Kaplan University Group where she helped develop online, competency-based, workplace-referenced degree programs.

She has an extensive background in online program development, continuing education, and all aspects of academic affairs. Offerman has contributed to national efforts to develop distance and online education standards and policy, having served on the Distance Education Demonstration Project and a national task force to develop distance education standards for military education.

“Dr. Offerman’s wealth of experience, particularly in online higher education development and policy, continuing education, accreditation and regulation, and academic affairs will contribute greatly to Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community College District,” said Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante, Ph.D.

Her new responsibilities will include providing leadership for faculty, curriculum development, adult basic education, dual enrollment, partnerships, course support and instructional design. She will be part of RSC’s Executive Team and report directly to the president.

“Coming to a college with Rio Salado’s reputation for quality, access and innovation is truly a privilege and an exciting opportunity,” said Offerman. “I look forward to being part of Rio Salado’s rich tradition and evolving future.”

Offerman previously served as Provost of Excelsior College, Vice Provost for Assessment and Institutional Research at Capella University, and Director of PK-16 at the University of Wisconsin System. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

About Rio Salado College
Rio Salado College was established in 1978 by the Maricopa Community College District to provide the next step in education for non-traditional students. The college, headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, was recently recognized as the fastest growing community college in the nation serving nearly 70,000 students annually. In addition to providing high-quality instruction for 100+ degree and certificate pathways, Rio Salado is dedicated to providing flexible, affordable access through;  adult basic education, collaborative partnerships, early college initiatives and online learning.

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Delynn Bodine, PR Manager/PIO