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Oregon State Ecampus associate provost Templeton elected to serve as UPCEA president

Longtime Oregon State Ecampus associate provost Lisa L. Templeton is the new board president of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

June 27, 2022

Under the leadership of Lisa L. Templeton since 2008, Oregon State University Ecampus has established itself as a national leader and innovator in the field of online education.

Now the OSU Ecampus associate provost is using her experience to impact institutions of higher education internationally in her new role as president of the board of directors of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

UPCEA is a leading organization for universities engaged in professional, continuing and online education. It boasts more than 400 institutional members throughout the United States and countries such as Australia, Canada, Egypt, England and Hong Kong.

“Being elected to serve as UPCEA board president is an honor, and I’m proud to help advance the association’s goals while continuing to advocate for adult learners everywhere,” said Templeton, who assumed her new role in April. “This is a great opportunity to meaningfully collaborate with the outstanding, innovative UPCEA board members and staff and other higher education thought-leaders.”

With a focus on quality at Oregon State, Templeton leads units whose collective mission is to provide adult learners in Oregon and throughout the world with access to transformative educational experiences online. Ecampus serves nearly 13,000 exclusively distance students in more than 60 countries, delivering nearly 100 programs and over 1,700 classes online.

The division of Ecampus also encompasses the Ecampus Research Unit, the Open Educational Resources Unit and the Corporate Education Unit.

“Lisa and the Ecampus staff have made the quality of Oregon State’s online programs and the support of distance learners the centerpiece of their work,” said OSU Provost Edward Feser. “Their goal is to help the university take early and full advantage of emerging technologies, pedagogies, and approaches to credentialing so that we’re serving learners’ needs first and foremost. I know Lisa will bring the same creativity and innovation to her tenure as UPCEA board president.”

Templeton joined Ecampus in 2000 as the director of marketing and communications. She became executive director in 2008 and associate provost in 2017. She has been a UPCEA member for 22 years and previously served as chair of its Network Senate and its Program Management and Innovation Network.

“Lisa has distinguished herself for more than two decades by actively supporting and building UPCEA programs, and she continues to play an integral role in the success of how we serve our member institutions,” UPCEA CEO Robert Hansen said. “As board president, Lisa will demonstrate a great deal of integrity, judgment and dedication to the mission of online learning and its potential to transform institutions by expanding access.”

Templeton holds a B.S. from the Ohio State University and an Ed.M. in Adult Education from Oregon State. As an adult and lifelong learner, she has earned leadership and management credentials from Penn State University, Arizona State University and Oregon State.

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About the University Professional & Continuing Education Association: For more than 100 years, UPCEA has served most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. Founded in 1915, the association serves its members with innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities and timely publications. Based in Washington, D.C., UPCEA also builds greater awareness of the vital link between contemporary learners and public policy issues.

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