Orkand Chair Distinguished Lecture Series

The Orkand Chair Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by University of Maryland University College (UMUC) to promote research and scholarship at UMUC. The series features internationally acclaimed speakers in the fields of management, technology, or education who discuss trends and advancements in these areas. 

Hosted at UMUC headquarters in Maryland, the series is open to the UMUC community and general public. 

Spring 2014 Orkand Chair Distinguished Lecture Series

On March 20, UMUC will celebrate the formal launch of its Center for Innovation in Learning. The center, headed by Associate Provost Karen Vignare, will function as a laboratory for continuous improvements to the university’s curriculum, faculty development model, and student support. As part of the celebration, the Center is hosting the spring 2014 lecture in the Orkand Chair Distinguished Lecture Series. 

The Future of Higher Education

March 20, 2014
UMUC Inn and Conference Center
Potomac Ballroom
Adelphi, MD 20783
7–8:30 p.m.

Dr. John Cavanaugh, president and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area and former chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, will speak on the future of higher education at UMUC on March 20, 2014. Following the lecture, Dr. Brit Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, will moderate a panel discussion. Panelists include Dr. Candace Thille, director of the Open Learning Initiative, a research fellow in the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning, and assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University; Dr. Mark Milliron, cofounder and chief learning officer of the student success and analytics innovator Civitas Learning; and Mr. Hal Plotkin, senior policy advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education, which has responsibility for all federal higher education policies and programs. 

A question-and-answer session and reception will follow the panel discussion. 

The Orkand Chair was established through an endowment from Donald S. Orkand, founder of the Orkand Corporation and former chair of UMUC’s Board of Visitors, to advance research and scholarship at UMUC by bringing scholars of national repute to serve at the UMUC Graduate School. The position is currently filled by Dr. Jay Liebowitz, who was ranked one of the top 10 knowledge management researchers/practitioners out of 11,000 worldwide and second in knowledge management strategy worldwide, according to the January 2010 Journal of Knowledge Management. As Orkand Chair, Dr. Liebowitz assists faculty with scholarship at UMUC.

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