Panel: The Future of Education

Panelists: Bobbe Baggio, PhD; Ken Hartman, EdD; Paul Katz, MD and Rodney Murray, PhD

Dr. Bobbe Baggio is currently Associate Provost of the School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE) at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. She was the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Online Learning at American University in Washington, D.C. and was previously Program Director of the MS program in Instructional Technology Management at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. Since 2002, she has been CEO of Advantage Learning Technologies, Inc. a company that provides programs, products and research for workplace learning. She believes that technologies are here to help everyone and to enhance human performance.

Bobbe is the author of five books, an engaging public speaker, strategic advisor and educator in the field of instructional technologies and learning. She is a consultant in learning and talent development for a global and virtually connected workforce. Her expertise draws upon her experience as a Fortune 100 IT manager, 20 years of consulting experience, and her doctoral studies in instructional design for online learning.

Dr. Kenneth E. Hartman is an educational entrepreneur, having served the past 30-years as a university president, professor, senior academic administrator, and consultant to companies and investors in the higher education sector. Most recently, Dr. Hartman served as president of Drexel University Online, a for-profit subsidiary of Drexel University, where he was responsible for the overall operational and fiscal performance of a multi-million-dollar organization serving nearly 8,000 online adult learners in over 100 fully online degree programs.

Currently, Ken serves as the CEO of Degree Quest, an educational technology company with an online platform that helps adult learners identify and rank order colleges that are likely to award them the maximum number of transfer credits for prior learning and work experience (including alternative assessment and military joint service transcripts) towards a specific degree program. Degree Quest has been used by over 200,000 adult learners in the past 16 years.

Dr. Paul Katz is the 25th President of the University of the Sciences, home to the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the nation’s oldest pharmacy school opening in 1821. Before joining USciences, Dr. Katz was the Founding Dean of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) located in Camden, NJ. Prior to his leadership role at CMSRU, Dr. Katz was the founding vice dean for faculty and clinical affairs and professor of medicine at The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, PA, where he was instrumental in launching the new medical school that enrolled its first class in 2009.

Paul has held a variety of other executive leadership positions within medical schools and health systems, including senior vice president and chief medical officer at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, chairman of medicine and physician-in-chief at Georgetown University Hospital, and chief operating officer at Georgetown University Medical Center. He held a faculty position at the University of Florida as an assistant professor of medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Immunology, and Allergy. Earlier in his career, he worked at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) within the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases as a clinical associate and medical officer. He graduated from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1973.

Dr. Rodney B. Murray is the Executive Director of Academic Technology at the University of the Sciences. His goal is to provide the teaching and learning platforms and services that will move USciences forward in classroom learning, hybrid and distance education. He promotes the latest e-learning technologies, including web apps, social media, e-portfolios and podcasts. He has become a recognized expert in this area, producing his own e-learning technology podcast since 2006, now syndicated on Inside Higher Ed as The Pulse.

Rod earned his Ph.D. in pharmacology from Temple University School of Medicine and has published in the area of neuropharmacology and co-authored the book Manual of Pharmacologic Calculations with Computer Programs and wrote the accompanying software, PHARM/PCS, used in pharmacology and pharmaceutical research labs worldwide. Prior to joining USciences, Rod founded the Office of Academic Computing and taught pharmacokinetics at Thomas Jefferson University. He continues to teach pharmacokinetics at the Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine.