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Cooley Accepts Post at FCCJ; Casiello Named Interim Assoc. Vice President

Andrew R. Casiello, associate vice provost for Academic Technology Services, has been appointed interim associate vice president for distance learning, announced Old Dominion University Provost Carol Simpson. Casiello will take over the duties of Nancy J. Cooley, who is stepping down June 21 to become president of Open Campus and interim provost of the Florida Community College at Jacksonville.

Casiello, who joined ODU in 2002 as associate vice provost for technology, is responsible for a wide range of technological systems and services for the University including satellite, ATM, Internet and other media-based distance education networks and studios, as well as the video production operation, graphics and multimedia development teams. Additionally, he oversees the Center for Learning Technology (CLT) and the systems and operations that integrate technology with pedagogy.

"I have every confidence in Andy's leadership of the division," said Simpson. "He is an enthusiastic advocate for the future role of distance learning technology, in both on- and off-campus learning environments, and he is fully familiar with the ODU Distance Learning organization through his leadership of the Academic Technology Services unit."

Simpson noted that a national search for an associate vice president for distance learning would begin in late summer.

Prior to joining Old Dominion, Casiello served as vice president of technology for National Technological University in Fort Collins, Colo., and chief engineer and acting director for the Video Instructional Program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Casiello holds a bachelor's degree in telecommunications technology and communications from Fitchburg State College, and a master's degree in instructional design and technology from Old Dominion. Additionally, he completed the Management Development Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Cooley, who has served as vice provost for distance learning at ODU since 2005, will oversee Virtual College, FCCJ's distance learning programs; computer classes for professional development and self-enrichment; an assessment center which offers pre-employment assessments; IT licensing, and certification testing. Cooley will also have additional responsibilities relative to baccalaureate degree program coordination.

This article was posted on: April 9, 2009

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