University of Washington Continuum College Vice Provost Rovy Branon to Serve as UPCEA President-Elect

March 29, 2019

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2019 – UPCEA, the Washington, D.C.-based association for university leaders in professional, continuing, and online education, welcomed Dr. Rovy Branon as the association’s 2019-20 President-Elect during the 2019 UPCEA Annual Conference. Branon is vice provost for the University of Washington Continuum College.

As UPCEA President-Elect, Branon will lead the UPCEA Membership Committee as well as work with UPCEA member institutions on diversity and inclusion efforts on their campuses. “I am honored to serve and represent our UPCEA members in their important work,” said Branon. “As leaders in lifelong learning, we are resolved to create relevant academic programing that helps people grow professionally and personally. In a world of digital transformation and rapid change, we believe that everyone deserves education to thrive.”

As vice provost, Branon oversees all UW Professional & Continuing Education programs and staff. Previously, Branon was the associate dean for online learning and the executive director of the Academic Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Madison. Prior to his work in higher education, he led an instructional design team at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis.

“Rovy is a leader and creative thinker dedicated to lifelong learning,” said UPCEA CEO Bob Hansen. “I look forward to working with him over the next year and during his presidency as we collaborate with all UPCEA member institutions in creating what today’s learners need.”

Branon previously served as a Director-At-Large on the UPCEA Board of Directors, chair of the UPCEA Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and chair of the 2019 UPCEA Annual Conference Advisory Committee.

Branon earned a Master of Education in Instructional Systems Technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology, as well as a minor in human-computer interaction, from Indiana University. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife, who teaches second grade, and 25-year old son. They are active in the community as members of the Seattle Art Museum and as ardent supporters of the Seattle Sounders FC.



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