Welcome New NC-SARA National Council Member Leah Matthews

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Leah Matthews as a new member of the NC-SARA National Council effective January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018.  Dr. Matthews currently serves as the Executive Director of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission located in Washington, DC. DEAC is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1926 that accredits 102 distance education institutions serving nearly 1.2 million students annually. Dr. Matthews has over eighteen years of experience in higher education accreditation. Her expertise in higher education policy led to her selection as a non-federal negotiator for the U.S. Department of Education’s 2014 rule making sessions that addressed various policy areas including state authorization. She  currently serves as an At-Large Member of the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) Steering Committee. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Education from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA; a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma; and a PhD in Education from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.

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