December 8, 2000



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Organization’s 2000 Annual Meeting Held in California

Anaheim, December 6 -United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

members welcomed new officers and members of the Board of Directors today at

the organization’s annual meeting in Anaheim, California. The meeting is

held in conjunction with the Telecon West Conference and Exposition.

Jolly T. Holden is the new Chairman of the USDLA Board of Directors. Dr.

Holden served as USDLA President for the past year. He was Chief Learning

Strategist for Spacenet, and is currently assigned to the Training and

Development Department of StarBand Communications.

Shirley M. Davis is Chairman Emeritus for the coming year. Davis served as

Chairman of the USDLA Board of Directors for the past year. She is Director

of Learning Innovations at PBS Adult Learning Service.

The Association’s new President is Marshall E. Allen, who has served as

Executive Vice President and President-Elect for the past year. Allen is

Director of Educational Television Services (ETS) and the Institute for

Tele-communications at Oklahoma State University.

The Executive Vice President and President-Elect for 2001 is Glenda Mathis,

who served as USDLA’s Secretary for the past year. Mathis is President of

Springboard Communications in Abilene, Texas, a media company providing

video production, web design, animation and other multimedia services.

James E. Vautrot will serve as USDLA’s Treasurer for the coming year.

Vautrot is President and CEO of BAF Satellite & Technology Corporation, a

provider of satellite services and advanced technology applications for

broadcast, corporate, governmental and educational clients.

USDLA’s new Secretary is Deborah A. Harrison, Ph.D. Dr. Harrison is Texas

Education manager for VTEL Corporation in Austin, Texas. She is also

President of the Texas Distance Learning Association and Chairman of the

USDLA Awards Committee.

The new member of the USDLA Board of Directors is Denzil Edge, Ph.D., who

will also serve as Chairman of Publications Committee. Dr. Edge is

Professor and Director of Distance Education Programs in Special Education

at the University of Louisville. He is also Past-President of the Kentucky

Distance Learning Association.

Six other current board members were re-elected to three-year terms ending

in 2003. They are Marshall E. Allen, Shirley M. Davis, Dr. Andy DiPaolo of

Stanford University, Steven Kohn of Verizon, Donald Lake of the L. A. County

Office of Education TEAMS Distance Learning Project, and Dr. Ray Steele of

Ball State University.


United States Distance Learning Association is a non-profit organization

founded in 1987 to promote the development and application of distance

learning for education and training. USDLA represents nearly 2000 members

involved with pre-K-through-12 and higher education, continuing education,

corporate, military and government training and telemedicine. USDLA is now

the leading source of information and distance learning policy

recommendations for Congress, government agencies and industry. In 1993

USDLA began the process of establishing chapters in all fifty states. For

more information visit USDLA’s website at or call


CONTACT: Bill Wagner 877-992-4637 or 301-774-8214,