Dr. Darcy W. Hardy, Associate Vice President for Enterprise Consulting. With over 25 years of experience in higher education distance and online learning, Dr. Hardy now leads a team of nationallyrecognized experts in higher education, K-12, e-learning and distance education, information technology, open source technologies, outcomes and assessment, and analytics. Prior to her position with Blackboard, she has served as Assistant Vice Provost for Technology Education Initiatives at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas System, and Executive Director of the UT TeleCampus. She has also served as an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) appointment at the US Department of Labor and the US Department of Education in Washington, DC. Dr. Hardy received her PhD in Instructional Technology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1992. She currently serves as Chair Emerita with the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), where she has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1999 and served as president in 2004/2005. She is the founder of the popular USDLA-sponsored International Forum for Women in E-Learning (IFWE), an event that focuses on issues faced by women in the industry as well as on the importance of networking and mentoring in the growth of women leaders for tomorrow. Dr. Hardy was inducted into the USDLA Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the Mildred and Charles Wedemeyer Outstanding Distance Learning Practitioner Award in Madison, Wisconsin in 2006. In addition, she was inducted into the Texas Distance Learning Association Hall of Fame in 2006, and received the WCET Richard Jonsen award in 2005. She has served and continues to serve on various editorial and advisory boards and has delivered hundreds of presentations, keynotes and workshops on distance education, online learning and leadership.
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