National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN) Announces Its Highest Honor, The 2006 Distinguished Service

May 9, 2006

The award will be presented to Dr. Oblinger at the 24th annual meeting, and she will provide remarks following the presentation. The NUTN 2006 event, Managing and Maintaining Quality in Distance Learning, is a result of the collaboration of NUTN, the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) and the Sloan Consortium. It will be hosted by Capella University and take place at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis from June 10-12, 2006. Both the 2004 and 2005 conferences were sold out events.

NUTN is a national professional organization of institutions involved in the development and delivery of distance learning and technologies that support that effort. The NUTN advisory board selected Dr. Oblinger for both her current work with EDUCAUSE and her previous commitments to both major technology firms and higher education institutions that have resulted in contributions to advances in thinking in distance learning.

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Its current membership includes more than 2,000 colleges, universities and education organizations. Dr. Oblinger leads the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, a community of higher education institutions and organizations committed to advancing learning through information technology innovation. In addition, she is an adjunct professor of adult and community college education at North Carolina State University.

Prior to her position at EDUCAUSE, Dr. Oblinger served as the executive director of higher education for Microsoft, and she worked in IBM’s higher education division as well. She served as the CIO for the 16-campus University of North Carolina system, and she served as a senior fellow for the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research. She is a frequent keynote speaker and co-edited Educating the Net Generation.

The National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN) is committed to providing dynamic leadership and support of applications of new and emerging technologies in distance education. As a premier distance learning professional organization, involved in both professional development and product development, NUTN provides vision and experience to higher education institutions and professionals serving numerous constituencies and organizations. For further information about NUTN visit