Dr. Don Olcott, Jr. is an Independent Higher Education Consultant.
He previously served as Vice President for Higher Education with VCampus
Corporation. VCampus is a national and international leader in providing
education and training to universities, corporations, and government
agencies through web-based administrative, course management, and delivery
and hosting services. Prior to his tenure at VCampus, he served as the
Associate Dean for Extended University at the University of Arizona.
He has held administrative and faculty appointments with the Western
Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), Oregon State University,
the University of Missouri-Columbia, Western Washington University,
Burlington Testing, Inc., and the United States Air Force.
Dr. Olcott has over 20 years of public and private sector experience
in the design, delivery, and evaluation of higher education degree and
training programs delivered via technology. Don was the 2000 University
Continuing Education Associations (UCEA) Gayle B. Childs award
recipient for exemplary long-term leadership, scholarship, and applied
contributions to the field of continuing and distance learning. He received
the 1998 Charles Wedemeyer Outstanding Distance Learning Practitioner
in North America award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and
The American Center for the Study of Distance Education. He has received
numerous national and professional awards for leadership, publishing,
and distinguished service to the field of continuing and distance education.
Dr. Olcott serves on the Board of Directors for the National University
Telecommunications Network (NUTN), the Steering Committee of the WICHEs
Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications, and Oklahoma
State Universitys Institute for Telecommunications. He is a member
of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Distance Education,
Distance Education Report, Indias Open U. e-Learning Journal,
and Athabasca Universitys International Review of Research in
Open and Distance Learning. He is a nationally and internationally known
speaker and has consulted to colleges, universities, and corporations
across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
He is a graduate of Harvard Universitys Institute for the Management
of Lifelong Education. Dr. Olcott was the founder of WICHEs Institute
for the Management of Distance Education (MDE).
Don received his bachelors and masters' degrees from Western Washington
University and his doctorate in higher education leadership from Oregon
State University. Dons personal interests include sports, music,
and history. He lives with his wife Janie in Tucson, Arizona. His daughters,
Kelli and Carrie, reside in Colorado and California.