UPCEA Announces Four New Board Members

March 26, 2018

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2018 – UPCEA, the Washington, D.C.-based association for university leaders in professional, continuing, and online education, welcomed two new officers and two new directors to serve on the UPCEA Board of Directors during the 2018 UPCEA Annual Conference.

“This year’s deep pool of nominees was exceptionally talented, and it was a challenge for the Board Development committee to choose between them,” said Alice Warren, Vice Provost for Continuing Education at North Carolina State University, 2016-17 UPCEA President, and Chair, UPCEA Board Development Committee. “I’m very pleased to see these strong and qualified leaders dedicated to the important work of the association and the field approved by a majority vote of UPCEA members to join the Board.”

Nelson C. Baker, Dean of Professional Education and associate professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology will serve as President-Elect for a one-year term (2018-2019). As dean, Baker leads a multifaceted operation including the Global Learning Center, Georgia Tech-Savannah, the Language Institute, and Georgia Tech’s extensive professional education programs in STEM- and business-related subjects. Baker also oversees educational outreach programs and serves as the interface between Georgia Tech’s professional education activities and the industries, corporations, government agencies and professional societies that benefit from them. Baker graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1980 with a B.C.E. in Civil Engineering. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985 and 1989 respectively.

Chris Sax, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs of Maryland University of Integrative Health will serve as Secretary/Treasurer for a two-year term (2018-2020). Sax has 27 years of experience in public and private higher education with a nearly singular focus on serving adult non-traditional students through non-traditional teaching and learning experiences. Since 2016 she has served as Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She served at Shippensburg University (2007-2016) as the Dean of Extended Studies and then the Associate Provost for Academic Outreach and Innovation. Sax holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the Medical College of Virginia and a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Rochester. She is currently pursuing a Design Thinking and Innovation Specialization at the Darden School of Business of the University of Virginia.

Nancy Coleman, Associate Provost and Director of Strategic Growth Initiatives at Wellesley College will serve as Director At-Large for a two-year term (2018-2020). Before coming to Wellesley College, she was Vice President of Academic Services at Keypath, overseeing all instructional design and student services operations for the organization’s global offices in the US, UK, and Australia. She has also served as Director of Distance Education at Boston University. Coleman directed a business unit of 26 staff members responsible for supporting the 16 schools and colleges at BU with online learning initiatives resulting in $35m in tuition revenue annually. She oversaw 25 fully online degree and certificate programs serving students in 50 states and 42 countries globally. Coleman holds an Ed.D. in Human and Organizational Learning from the George Washington University, an MBA from Boston University Questrom School of Management and a BS in Marketing from Stonehill College.

Jim Morris, Associate Vice President of Continuing Studies, at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey will serve as Director At-Large for a two-year term (2018-2020). Morris has more than 30 years of continuing education management and leadership experience — from strategic market planning to award-winning program development. He has been a consistent and productive revenue generator in a wide variety of markets that produce more than $5 million annually in noncredit revenue, including developing and managing the university’s largest noncredit program. His diverse experience with distance learning and information technology includes securing more than $3.7 million in grant funding for web-based programs and services. Morris holds an MA in Economics from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a BA in Journalism from the University of Indiana Bloomington.


UPCEA is the association for professional, continuing, and online education. Founded in 1915, UPCEA now serves most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. With innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities and timely publications, we support our members’ service of contemporary learners and commitment to quality online education and student success. Based in Washington, D.C., UPCEA builds greater awareness of the vital link between adult learners and public policy issues. Visit


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