Washington State University Campus World Chancellor Dave Cillay has been appointed by UPCEA as president-elect of the organization’s board of directors.
UPCEA is a Washington, DC-based association of college and university leaders in professional, continuing, and online education.
Cillay has served on the organization’s board of directors for three years and was selected as secretary / treasurer last year. He will serve as chairman-elect of the board of directors for a one-year term from 2022 to 2023, then step up to the post of chairman of the board in 2023.
“This is an incredible opportunity, and I am deeply honored and touched to be able to serve in this capacity,” said Cillay. “In this new role, I look forward to continuing the mutually beneficial relationship of WSU and UPCEA while advancing this great organization’s vital mission to increase the impact of innovative academic technologies and expand its reach. reach even more students around the world.
“Students in the online, professional and continuing education space are an important and growing part of our university system,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz. “Having good working relationships with large organizations like UPCEA is essential to better serve and defend these students. I am confident that having Dave in this new role will be of significant benefit to WSU and UPCEA, strengthening our relationship and having a positive impact on students on all of our campuses.
Cillay started at WSU in 2003 as Director of Educational Development and Technology at the university’s Center for Distance and Professional Education, responsible for the design, development and maintenance of online courses and programs. Under his leadership, the CDPE evolved into WSU’s online global campus, established in 2012. He was appointed the campus’s first chancellor in 2019.
Cillay is also Vice President of Academic Outreach and Innovation (AOI) at the WSU, the division of the WSU tasked with identifying, implementing and sustaining new and innovative educational options that expand the reach of the WSU. , support faculty and students in the use of university technology, and ensure a high quality educational experience for all students who access WSU through technology. In addition to Global Campus, AOI also oversees WSU’s Learn365, Professional Education, and Learning Innovations programs.
Cillay’s work has been published in journals and textbooks, and he has presented at national and international conferences on online education, learning design, change leadership, and university technology.
“As has been proven time and time again, especially in recent years, that online learning, academic technology and other innovative learning techniques are vital resources for those pursuing higher education in the modern world. “said Cillay. “For students of the WSU Global Campus, e-learning offers a convenient and flexible format that adapts to their diverse lifestyles, allowing them to pursue academic endeavors alongside their career, family and other goals of life they choose. “
For more than 100 years, UPCEA has served most of the major public and private colleges and universities in North America. The association offers its members innovative conferences and specialized seminars, information on research and benchmarking, professional networking opportunities and publications.
“UPCEA is a great organization that I am very proud to be a part of,” said Cillay. “My ambition is that my continued work with UPCEA will help me better meet the needs of WSU students around the world, as well as all online and continuing education students, as we move forward together in the world. ‘to come up. “