February 21, 2012

SUNY Empire State College President Alan R. Davis Appointed to American Council on Education’s Commission on Lifelong Learning

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Feb. 21, 2012) SUNY Empire State College President Alan R. Davis has been appointed to the American Council on Education’s Commission on Lifelong Learning.

 The commission serves as a forum for member presidents to explore issues and share insights and personal experiences in adult education and institutional effectiveness as they advise ACE about its adult education programs and direction.

 “ACE is grateful to the presidents and senior leaders who have agreed to serve on these advisory commissions,” said Gretchen M. Bataille, ACE senior vice president for leadership and lifelong learning. “We know they will bring great insight into how ACE can best tackle the challenges facing American higher education today.”

 Davis will attend the first meeting of the commission during ACE’s annual meeting on March 11.

 “Serving the education needs of busy people throughout their lifetimes has been a hallmark of Empire State College since its founding more than 40 years ago,” said Davis. “I am honored and delighted to serve on ACE’s Commission on Lifelong Learning and look forward to getting to work in early March.”

 Davis has devoted his career to higher education with a focus on adult learning, alternative and progressive teaching, learning and scholarship.

 As an academic leader, his work has included the development of new and unique undergraduate and graduate programs and the expansion of open learning, in all its aspects.

 Davis studied and worked at traditional and open institutions in the United Kingdom and Canada, and held leadership positions at the British Columbia Open University, Athabasca University, Niagara College and Vancouver Community College.

 He holds a B.Sc. (Honors) from the University of London and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

 Davis, a married father of four, is a published playwright and for many years participated in community theater. He became president of Empire State College on Aug. 1, 2008.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout his or her college career.  Students engage in guided independent study and coursework onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace of their choosing.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu.

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