Dianne Dubois is the Managing Partner-Northern California, for Hardesty, LLC, an executive services firm specializing in providing experienced financial management and senior management personnel. Dubois has over 30 years of experience in a variety of financial management roles, including three CFO positions, significant M&A experience, and long-term experience as a consulting chief financial officer for emerging and mid-market businesses. Her clients have included cutting-edge companies in the fields of internet technology, clean technology, life sciences, media services, real estate development, consumer goods, business services, and non-profits. She has held CFO or other senior financial roles in companies such as Disney, Wellpoint Health Networks, PIMCO, E*Trade, LookSmart, and Olivia. She has put together–and pulled apart–several joint ventures, spearheaded a technology startup in Seattle, and has experience running almost every facet of a business, including sales, customer service, operations, technology, and all administrative areas, including, but not limited to, finance and accounting. After graduating with a degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dubois began her career with Arthur Andersen as a certified public accountant. In addition to serving on PAR’s board of directors, she is treasurer of the board of the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design and is on the advisory board for the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
David Longanecker is the president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education in Boulder, Colorado. Previously he served for 6 years as the assistant secretary for post-secondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, developing and implementing national policy and programs that provided more than $40 billion annually in student aid and $1 billion to institutions. Prior to that, he was the state higher education executive officer (SHEEO) in Colorado and Minnesota. He was also the principal analyst for higher education for the Congressional Budget Office. Dr. Longanecker has served on numerous boards and commissions and has written extensively on a range of higher education issues.
His primary interests in higher education are: access and equity; promoting student and institutional performance; finance; the efficient use of educational technologies; and internationalizing American higher education. He holds an Ed.D. from Stanford University, an M.A. in student personnel work from The George Washington University, and a B.A. in sociology from Washington State University.
Dr. Peter Shea is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice with a joint appointment in the Department of Informatics in the College of Computing and Information at the University at Albany, SUNY. His research focuses on online learning in higher education. He is the author of more than 50 articles and book chapters on this topic and co-author of the book “The Successful Distance Learning Student.” He is co-recipient of several national awards including the EDUCAUSE Award for Systemic Progress in Teaching and Learning in 2001, and Sloan Consortium Awards for Excellence in Online Faculty Development and Online Learning Programs in 2002. In 2011 Peter was named a Sloan-C Fellow and elected to the board of directors for that organization in 2012. In addition to his work on PAR he is currently an evaluator on a Next Generation Learning Challenges grant seeking to understand interventions that enhance retention of online community college students. For more than a decade Peter has conducted an ongoing evaluation of online student success at SUNY, the largest unified system of higher education in the United States. He has been an evaluator, investigator, and/or consultant on online learning grant projects funded at more than $50 million.
Beth Davis is the co-founder and chief executive officer of the PAR Framework. She has a proven record of bringing technology products to market, having previously served as the vice president and general manager of Macromedia, Inc., where she was responsible for managing their entire suite of products including Flash, Dreamweaver, Flash Communication Server, Contribute, Director, and Authorware. During her tenure as managing partner at Sage Road Solutions, LLC, Beth was a trusted business advisor for institutions and enterprises interested in putting learning technologies to work in the service of student success. With PAR, she has assembled a team of professionals up to the challenge of bringing this high-tech, high-touch project to the higher-education market. She earned her B.S. degree in marketing from Rutgers University and her MBA from the Anderson School of Business, UCLA.
Dr. Ellen Wagner is co-founder and chief research and strategy officer of the PAR Framework. She was an executive director of the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) from 2009 to 2013. During her tenure as senior analyst at Sage Road Solutions, LLC, Ellen was a trusted business advisor for institutions and enterprises interested in putting learning technologies to work in the service of student success. She was formerly senior director of Worldwide eLearning Solutions at Adobe Systems, Inc., and she previously served as senior director of Global Education Solutions at Macromedia. Ellen’s prior career as a tenured university professor and administrator featured positions as chair of Educational Technology at the University of Northern Colorado, academic affairs coordinator of Instructional and Research Technologies, and director of the Western Institute for Distance Education. She holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Colorado-Boulder.