Alabama Governor Bob Riley Awarded Nation's Highest Distance Learning Award for 2010 by the United States Distance Learning Association

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In addition to Governor Riley, Dr. Ellen Wagner, Executive Director, WCET and Dr. Farhad (Fred) Saba, CEO, Distance-Educator.com will be inducted into the 2010 USDLA Hall of Fame on May 4, 2010 in St. Louis, MO.

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) the world's premier distance learning association will present Alabama Governor Bob Riley the 2010 USDLA Eagle Award during its 2010 International Distance Learning Awards program in conjunction with the USDLA 2010 National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on May 4, 2010.

USDLA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit association, founded in 1987, as the nation's leading distance learning organization. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with our sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market.

The Eagle Award is presented to a nationally/internationally recognized public official that has demonstrated unique leadership in the public policy arena and has a long-standing record of educational technology support as well as the support of the USDLA mission, which includes serving the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Some prior awardees have included North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue, Former Florida Governor John Ellis "Jeb" Bush and Former FCC Chairman William Kennard.

"I'm truly honored to receive this award. In my state, every high school now offers distance learning classes. That has leveled the playing field for our students in a way no other education program ever has before. Now, no matter if they live in an urban, suburban or rural community, our students have access to classes they otherwise would not. It's broadened their horizons and opened up a whole new world of learning opportunity for our students in Alabama," said Governor Bob Riley.

In addition to Governor Bob Riley's Eagle Award, Dr. Ellen Wagner, Executive Director, Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications (WCET) and Partner / Principal Analyst for Sage Road Solutions along with Dr. Farhad (Fred) Saba, CEO, Distance-Educator.com and Professor of Educational Technology, San Diego State University will be inducted into the 2010 USDLA Hall of Fame.

The USDLA Awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs, and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies.

Mr. Reggie Smith III, President, USDLA Board of Directors and chair of the awards committee, noted that, "It is an honor to recognize our Eagle and Hall of Fame inductees for their commitment to educational excellence." He continued, "The work of Governor Bob Riley and his Alabama ACCESS Distance Learning Initiative (http://accessdl.state.al.us/ ) team demonstrates and confirms the transformative power of distance learning. I also look forward to seeing these leaders again during our 2010 USDLA Public Policy Forum in Washington, D.C., September 22, 2010 and during National Distance Learning Week (http://www.ndlw.org), November 8-12, 2010."

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with our sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 Billion dollar U.S. Education and Training Market. 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 learning 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. http://www.usdla.org

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