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Nationally recognized leader and innovator in the field of distance education environments in higher education, distance learning development and national and global solutions for higher education and training.


2010 – Present  - Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Doctoral Studies in Higher Education toward PhD, expected completion Spring, 2015

2005 – Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Master of Science in Education, Instructional Design and Technology, 4.0 GPA

1982 – Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA

Bachelor of Science in Communications Media

1979 – Springfield Massachusetts Technical Community College, Springfield, MA

Associate of Science, Telecommunications Technology

Professional Development:

2006 – Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA

Management Development Program


April 2009 – Present


Associate Vice Associate President for Distance Learning

Responsible for Old Dominion University’s (ODU) Distance Learning operation, a $14 million per year operation with over 25,000 annual enrollments from all six of ODU’s colleges. Oversee staff of 112 with facilities throughout Virginia and around the country. Departments within Distance Learning include the Center for Learning Technologies, Military Distance Learning, Academic Technology, Site Operations and Outreach, Marketing, Resource Management and Business Development.  Asked by ODU’s President and Provost to step into Distance Learning leadership role to re-define and modernize the operation, expanding from what was primarily a live “extended classroom” model to a comprehensive model of asynchronous and synchronous learning operations and programs.


Create and chair a statewide workgroup to completely overhaul the relationship between Virginia’s Community College System (VCCS) and ODU’s Distance Learning operation.  This relationship is known as “TELETECHNET.”  This state-funded relationship provides a bridge between associates and bachelor’s level programs to Virginia’s citizens. The workgroup is modernizing all aspects of the operation including program articulation and transfer relationships, technology, finance, instructional design and pedagogy, faculty development and contractual.  This includes meetings with the VCCS Chancellor and all college presidents to discuss how to handle the influx of new students with diminishing state funding.

Revise ODU’s college and faculty compensation policies.

Created work team to oversee improvements to distance learning program selection and enrollment management.

Participate in the university’s executive strategic planning team.

Improved communications systems on campus with the distance learning program at all levels by holding:

oUniversity wide town-hall forums

oDistance learning wide staff meetings

oPresentations via satellite delivery to all locations state-wide

Create plans for significant growth in distance learning outreach globally through development of a new wing focusing on asynchronous programs and delivery.

2002 – 2009OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY    Norfolk, VA

Associate Vice Associate President for Academic Technology

Managed Academic Technology Services (ATS), Office of Distance Learning, with an annual budget of $4 million and a staff of 37 professional, technical and administrative personnel.  ATS provides programming through extensive digital, fiber optic, internet, and satellite networks.  Responsible for course delivery in support of the University’s nationally recognized TELETECHNET distance learning program which provides more than 100 credit courses per semester to ODU’s four regional higher education centers, community colleges, out-of-state sites, hospitals, corporations, federal and state government agencies, military bases, and deployed naval vessels through voice, data, and video technologies. 

Oversee the Center for Learning Technologies (CLT), ODU’s center for teaching excellence and innovation.  CLT provides instructional design and technology support for faculty, and is responsible for online and multimedia based course design and development for the entire University.


Created cross-platform video streaming and mobile delivery environment

Overhauled distance learning infrastructure for greater reliability, pedagogical capability and efficiency

Saved ODU $ 700K/year in ongoing telecommunications expenses

Saved ODU $ 300K/year in ongoing distance learning infrastructure costs

Grew ODU’s pedagogical and online development team through grants and contracts

Won multiple Commonwealth of Virginia grants for system efficiency 2007-2008

Created totally online archival system eliminating fixed media distribution

Principal Investigator for $ 1.4M grant from US Navy for online course development

Chaired Campus-Wide Video Streaming Development Committee

Created HDTV production and distribution environment for University events and DL


Virginia Governor’s Productivity Investment Fund - $ 500,000, Video Streaming program expansion, 2007

Virginia Governor’s Productivity Investment Fund - $ 125,000, Learning Pod Development, 2008



Vice President of Technology

Vice President at NTU and PBS the Business and Technology Network, a leading and pioneering institution in distance education and training on a national scale.  Supervised a staff of 31 professionals with a departmental budget of over $2.5 million and profit centers with revenue in excess of $1.3 million per year. Involved in all aspects of technology from our internal Information Technology staff to online program development, web development and support, satellite network operations, CDROM and multimedia development, engineering, technical support and facilities management. Member of NTU’s executive management team involved in all aspects of corporate decision-making.


Developed and deployed the world’s first digital compressed television based satellite network.  This original pioneering effort in 1992 lead to many new developments in distance education technologies using both satellite and TCP/IP based networking systems.  These developments include centralized control of dozens of remote university based uplink systems, direct digital multi-hop satellite links to other countries and PC based satellite receivers for automated control of customer systems.  Converted NTU headquarters facility from a simple receive and monitoring station to Uplink Hub and Central Control facility for the network. 

Part of the executive team that developed first for-profit arm of a not-for profit university.  Lead the technology integration effort when acquiring and integrating PBS’s The Business Channel organization into NTU.  On team of four who brought NTU through 2 additional rounds of venture capital funding, raising $22 million dollars in those efforts. 

Developed NTU’s Asia Pacific satellite network bringing NTU to live international delivery via satellite.  Installed uplink facilities at PanAmSat uplink in California and first downlink site in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in fall of 1995. Utilized streaming media backhaul into United States from the Asia Pacific feed, to become one of the first applications of streaming video on the World Wide Web, in fall of 1996. 

Lead contract negotiations for NTU on two separate satellite space segment purchases valued at over $25 million total. 

Lead technology development and deployment effort on second-generation digital technology platform based on MPEG2/DVB technology.  Lead research team, development testing effort, communicated with national and international customer and partner base during transition, negotiated over 60% pricing discount for NTU and member universities, lead grant funding campaign effort with brought in $ 400,000 for our partner universities and oversaw successful new network deployment effort.  Continue to work with technology vendors and colleagues on emerging technology applications for this new platform.

Lead NTU to leadership position with alternative delivery technologies.  Started NTU Online department in 1998, which now produces many interactive online streaming media programs per day.  Began delivery of CDROM based products in October of 2000.  Began development of Intranet and multicasting solutions with Cisco and other vendors in 1999.  Numbers of courses delivered via these technologies now nearly equal the delivery via our fundamental satellite platform.  


Department of Commerce, NTIA/PTFP Funds – Development of MPEG2 satellite delivery system, 1999

Department of Commerce, NTIA/PTFP Funds – Development of NTU Home Learner satellite delivery system, 1998


Acting Director/Chief Engineer, Video Instructional Program

Directed $1.5 million, 40 plus employee distance education program servicing 1500 high technology engineering professionals.  Work with the College’s department heads and faculty to accomplish the distance education goals of the College.  Advise the College Dean and University Administration in the area of distance education technology.  Liaison for University interaction with the distance education associations AMCEE (Association for Media Based Continuing Education for Engineers), NTU (National Technological University), and MCET (Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications).  Develop and implement marketing, staffing, evaluation and budgetary procedures.  Responsible for the program’s financial direction.  Successfully designed and oversaw the installation of $.5 million multiple earth station. 


Chief Engineer, Video Instructional Program

Supervise over 25 engineering and operations staffs.  Designed and supervised installation and maintenance of two Ku-band broadcast satellite earth stations, three broadcast quality television studios, cable TV system, editing facilities, two multi-format duplication areas, two complete repair/maintenance facilities, and IBM PC/Macintosh II based Ethernet LAN.  Responsible for technical and financial planning, purchasing, installation, maintenance, and equipment repair.  Technical advisor for staff, clients, faculty and the University. 


Brought VIP program from simple videotape delivery to national level with satellite uplink facility.  Expanding this capability to multiple uplinks.  Worked with team to developed microwave interconnection with PBS and the Massachusetts information highway (microwave spine down Massachusetts turnpike). Built TV studios and expanded master control operation. 


Chief Engineer, Center for Telecommunications

Chief Engineer for complete broadcast quality television production facility.  Oversaw and performed major repair and restructuring of studio system, and designed and built second studio.  Relocated and rebuilt College’s radio station.  Instructor for class on television production.


Video Engineer


Special Letter of Commendation, presented jointly by National Technological University, and National Technological University Corporation Presidents  Lionel V. Baldwin and John C. Farrell, 1999

Outstanding Achievement Award for development of NTU Uplink and Control Center, National Technological University, 1995

Dean’s Distinguished Service Award, University of Massachusetts, 1992


Overbaugh, R.C, & Casiello, A.R. (2008).  Distributed collaborative problem-based graduate-level learning: Students’ perspectives on communication tool selection and efficacy, Computers in Human Behavior 24(2). 497-515.

Casiello, A.R, & Whalen, D. J. (2004). Teletechnet: distance education at Old Dominion University. Journal of Communications Technology in Higher Education 8(2). 36-38.


  1. Casiello, A. R., & Huling, H. (2013). Revenue Sharing as an Incentive to online program expansion. Discussion Session at the 29th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, Madison, WI.  August 9, 2013

  1. Casiello, A. R., & Huling, H. (2013). Institutional transformation: Case study on rethinking strategy, relationships, and practices. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, Madison, WI.  August 8, 2013

Casiello, A. R., Huling, H. & Sax, C. (2012). Institutional Transformation: Rethinking Strategy, Policy, Practices, and Relationships. Presented at UPCEA Seminar on the Management of Online Programs. New Orleans, Louisiana, November 8, 2012. 

Casiello, A. R. (2012). Export Control Issues in Higher Education.  Presented at Old Dominion University Darden College of Education Colloquia on Issues in Higher Education Administration.  Norfolk, Virginia, November 13, 2012. 

Casiello, A. R., Huling, H. & Sax, C. (2012). Institutional Transformation: Rethinking Strategy, Policy, Practices, and Relationships. Presented at UPCEA Seminar on the Management of Online Programs. New Orleans, Louisiana, November 8, 2012. 

Casiello, A. R. & Huling, H. (2012). Institutional Transformation: Rethinking 2+2 Relationship within Virginia. Presented at AASCU-Cisco Higher Education Innovation Initiative.  Cisco Telepresence Virtual Conference. April 25, 2012.  

Casiello, A. R. (2012). “Articulation and Joint Initiatives Improving Effectiveness Amongst Higher Education in State Systems”. Annual Conference of the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers.  Philadelphia, April 3, 2012.

Casiello, A. R. (2012). “Online Education: Challenges and Opportunities at Virginia Higher Education Institutions ” State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.  Christopher Newport University, March 19, 2012.

  1. Casiello, A. R., (2011).  Right Where You Are”, Distance learning overview, Council on Virginia’s Future, October 3, 2011, Richmond, Virginia.

  1. Casiello, A.R. et al (2011). “Distance Learning and TJ21”, Secretary of Education, Virginia, Higher Education Advisory Committee, Richmond, VA, August, 2011

  1. Casiello, A. R. (2006) “The Global Classroom:  Experiencing distance and on-line learning.”  Presented at the Civic Leadership Institute of Hampton Roads Conference, March 16, 2006, Norfolk, VA

  1. Overbaugh, R. C. & Casiello, A.R. (2006, February). A Framework for the Evaluation, Design, Implementation, and Investigation of Contemporary Teaching and Learning. Presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association, Hilton Head, South Carolina.

  1. Casiello, A. R, & Overbaugh, R.C. (2005) “What Kind of Tool Am I?  Examining the Communications Methods Chosen By Students.”  Presented at the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning, Orlando FL

  1. Casiello, A.R. (2004). “Technology in Higher Education.”  Plenary session at Commonwealth of Virginia Information Symposium (COVITS 2004). Norfolk, VA.

  1. Casiello, A.R. (2004). “Distance Learning Technologies” Presentation to Peninsula Amateur Radio Club, Hampton, VA.

  1. Casiello, A.R. (1997). “Planning for the Future in Distance Education” APEC ‘97. The Asia Pacific Economic Consortium - Sustainable Development Training and Information Network Organizing Conference. Portland, Oregon, October 1997


Principal Investigator; Joint Forces Staff College; Interactive Multimedia Courseware (IMI) Advanced Joint Military Education (AJPME) Curriculum Reserve Component Joint Professional Military Education (RC JPME) Program; $988,425; Active (April 2003 – December 2003); 9 man months


Roanoke Higher Education Center, Board Member, October 2009 – Present

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Board Member, July 2009 - Present

Centura College, Advisory Board member, January 2003 – Present  (Delivered Commencement Address, 2006)

National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN), Advisory Board member, September 2003 –  May 2007

Association for Media Based Continuing Education for Engineers (AMCEE), Advisory Board member, September 2003 – 2008


Chair, Virginia Community College System and Old Dominion University Joint Workgroup 2009 - Present

Chair, Distance Learning Advisory Committee, 2009 – Present

Chair, Campus-Wide Video Streaming Development Team, 2006-Present

Member, University Strategic Planning Executive Committee, 2009

Member, Community College Leadership Program Advisory Board, 2009 - Present

Member, University Website Redevelopment Committee, 2009 - Present

Member, College of Education, Dean Search Committee, 2009

Member, Emergency Notification System Committee, 2007-Present

Member, Enrollment Management (DL/Technology) Committee – 2008-Present

Provost Search Committee – August 2007 - January 2008

Information Technology Advisory Council (ITAC), member, Old Dominion University, January 2002 – Present

University Internet Committee – October 2002 – 2004

University Research Interest Group member – March 2004 - Present


Educause and ECAR Member, 2005 – Present

TLT Group, Member, 2006 - Present

Federal Communications Commission, General Radiotelephone License

Massachusetts Master Technician # 9036

Amateur Extra Class FCC license - AG4XI