The Sloan Consortium Announces New Leadership Team

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Sloan-C Names Bruce Chaloux as Executive Director and CEO; Promotes Kathleen Ives to COO

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As we transition forward, we are fortunate to have Dr. Chaloux, with his extraordinary combination of skills, expertise and passion for the Sloan-C mission, leading the organization

The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), an association of individuals, institutions and organizations of higher education engaged in online learning, outlined several major leadership changes in the organization today. Board of Directors President Meg Benke announced the selection of Bruce Chaloux as Sloan-C’s new executive director and chief executive officer, succeeding John Bourne, who is retiring from Sloan-C in March. Dr. Benke also announced Associate Director Kathleen Ives will assume added responsibilities with the Sloan-C leadership team following her promotion to chief operating officer. In addition, Chief Knowledge Officer Janet Moore has been named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN).

“Sloan-C extends our deepest gratitude to John Bourne for his vision and many years of leadership,” said Dr. Benke. “As we transition forward, we are fortunate to have Dr. Chaloux, with his extraordinary combination of skills, expertise and passion for the Sloan-C mission, leading the organization.”

Among Dr. Bourne’s many contributions during his tenure as executive director was the establishment of the Sloan-C Institute, which provides professional development in online higher education through membership, annual conferences, workshops and certificate programs, including blended, STEM, emerging technologies and other focus areas.

Dr. Chaloux is a national expert on online learning policy and distance learning. He joins Sloan-C from the Southern Regional Education Board where he served as director of student access programs and services. He founded and directed the Electronic Campus, a 16-state consortia of some 300 colleges and universities in the South, that make available more than 40,000 online courses and 2,000 degree programs. In 2005, he led Sloan-C’s national effort to assist students and institutions impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita—Sloan Semester—recognized for demonstrating the capacity of online learning to aid students in a crisis.

Previously, Dr. Chaloux served in the Graduate School at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, on the staff of the Virginia State Council of Higher Education and as a faculty member and academic administrator at Castleton State College in his native state of Vermont. He holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University, a Master of Education from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science from Castleton State. Dr. Chaloux previously served as president of the Sloan Consortium Board of Directors and has been active in many higher education leadership organizations.

“I am honored to have been selected to succeed John and to help Sloan-C continue to expand quality online programming,” said Dr. Chaloux. “Online learning continues a remarkable period of growth, in no small part because of the efforts of Sloan-C and our community.”

“Dr. Ives has been an influential contributor to the development of the Sloan-C mission and organization,” said Dr. Benke. “We are delighted to have her joining the leadership team as our new COO.”

In her current role as associate director, Dr. Ives directed the launch of Sloan-C’s highly successful workshops as well as other certificate programs and many other Sloan-C initiatives, including the establishment of the Sloan-C Institute. She has extensive management and marketing experience. Previously she served as executive vice president and COO of The Kelsey Group, a market research and consulting firm specializing in online local media and mobile advertising, and was managing director of Electronic Services at Verizon. Dr. Ives holds a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix and teaches online.

The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale, and breadth of education. For more information, visit


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