The members of the Association for Continuing Higher Education have elected Regis Gilman, interim dean of the Division of Educational Outreach, as vice president of the association, and she began her service following the November annual conference meeting in Austin, Texas.
Gilman will serve as vice president of ACHE during 2012-13, becoming president-elect in 2013-14 and president of the association in 2014-15.
“My goals include supporting membership growth through positioning ACHE as the association of choice for professional change agents in the field of continuing higher education in regional, national and international arenas,” Gilman said.
“Lifelong learning changes lives personally and professionally. Too often the assumption has been that you go to college right after high school or not at all, and we want people to realize that ongoing education is impactful for the individual, the community and the state in terms of yielding employees that are better qualified and more self-assured,” she said. “Continuing education has always been important, but it is especially crucial now in a changing employment market. It keeps people aware of trends, current information and training, and emerging technology – and helps them bridge from the unknown to the known in those areas.”
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in education from Northwest Missouri State University, Gilman completed a master’s degree in adult education at Drake University, and then earned her doctor of education in educational policy and leadership (higher education) from the University of Kansas. She completed a post-doctorate master of arts in educational media-instructional technology at Appalachian State University and served as assistant professor in the ASU Department of Leadership and Educational Studies in 2006.
Gilman joined WCU in January 2007 as associate dean of educational outreach. In July 2010, she became interim dean of the Division of Educational Outreach. In her current position, she is responsible for partnerships with the academic colleges in distance-learning operations, as well as the oversight of continuing and professional education, military student support, the Cherokee Center, distance learning proctoring services, professional testing, international contract programs and WCU Programs at Biltmore Park.
She has accumulated more than 28 years of experience in adult and continuing higher education. Throughout her career, she has worked with adult learners as an administrator in admissions, continuing higher education, graduate programs, evening college and summer school.
“I believe in recognizing the many accomplishments of adult learners and their impact on higher education,” Gilman said. Her academic interests are centered on outreach and access through instructional technologies and the impact of technology on retention, goal attainment and degree completion. As she continues to progress through the leadership ranks at ACHE, her goals include helping legislators understand the need for ongoing education, assisting with putting infrastructure in place to support that need, and reaching a broader market for continuing education programs.
Her leadership experience in ACHE over 23 years has included more than 20 roles, several served in multiple terms.
Gilman is an active member of the Franklin Daybreak Rotary Club, The University Professional & Continuing Education Association – Outreach and Engagement, UPCEA South, and the National Academic Advising Association. She has been a member of the Coalition of Lifelong Learners Organization Advisory Board since 2004. She was elected to be executive committee member at large for a term lasting from 2011 to 2014 for the UPCEA Outreach and Engagement Community of Practice in 2011. Gilman has been involved with Alpha Sigma Lambda International Honor Society since 1984 and is a former president of the ASL Foundation.
ACHE is described as “a dynamic network of diverse professionals who are dedicated to promoting excellence in continuing higher education and to sharing their expertise and experience with one another.” Membership exceeds 1500 from the United States and Canada.