United States Distance Learning Association Elects First African American Board Member

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Reggie Smith III, Joins Board of Directors of NationÂ?s Premier Distance Learning Association.

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) recently elected Reggie Smith III, the first African American to its board of directors in its 17-year history. The non-profit organization, formed in 1987, promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training, and serves the needs of the distance learning community.

“We welcome Reggie Smith to the United States Distance Learning Association national Board of Directors. Reggie brings knowledge and a level of acumen that will assist the association in its continued efforts to promote the development and application of distance learning.” said John G. Flores, Ph.D., USDLA executive director.

Reggie Smith III, 35, manager of Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) and Training Transformation for Booz Allen Hamilton will serve a three-year term on USDLA’s 27-member board along with serving as the national chair of the organizations Public Policy Committee. He has been involved in distance education since 1991, and has served as president of the Washington Metropolitan Distance Learning Association (WMDLA) in Washington, D.C.

Smith, who has worked as a deputy director of Learning Technologies for Alion Science & Technology and vice president of operations for Magicsoft, is also a recognized authority on media and telecommunications issues, having received numerous awards and served as keynote or presenter at several national and international conferences, including VIRTUAL EDUCA International Conference, the e-Learning Conference & Expo, the TeleCon East, West & European Expos and the 22nd Annual Black Media Coalition’s Conference.

Smith also served as contributing editor for Learning & Training Innovations Magazine formerly e-Learning Magazine and is working on his first book, “Simple Things for Brilliant People.”

“Being the first African-American elected to the Board of Directors of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), shows that all organizations see the value in diversity and what it can contribute to their longevity,” said Smith. “My background has enabled me to understand the total picture not just the technical perspective because it is not just about the technology but how it enables user communities to connect the dots and truly harness the knowledge continuum globally.”

About Booz Allen Hamilton:

Booz Allen Hamilton has been at the forefront of management and technology consulting for businesses and governments for 90 years. Booz Allen, a global strategy and technology consulting firm, works with clients to deliver results that endure. With more than 16,000 employees on six continents, the firm generates annual sales of more than $2.7 billion. Booz Allen provides services in strategy, organization, operations, systems and technology to the world's leading corporations, government and other public agencies, emerging growth companies, and institutions. To learn more about the firm, visit the Booz Allen Web site at http://www.boozallen.com.

About USDLA:

The United States Distance Learning Association is a non-profit organization formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance education and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government, and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.

For more information visit http://www.usdla.org or call 800.275.5162.

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