SC4 president joins Michigan Virtual Board of Directors

St. Clair County Community College President Deborah Snyder, Ph.D., recently was appointed to the Michigan Virtual Board of Directors for a three-year term.

Michigan Virtual, formally known as Michigan Virtual University, partners with more than 500 districts in the state of Michigan to provide online courses and supplemental programs for Michigan students and professional development for educators. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute.

Dr. Snyder has extensive experience and expertise in higher education and online learning. Among other positions, she served as president and chief academic officer of Cogswell College in California, senior vice provost of academic programs at Strayer University in Washington, D.C., professor and chairwoman for the management and marketing department at Capella University, director of extended learning at University of Michigan-Flint, and dean of online learning and professor of marketing at Walsh College, where she was instrumental in creating the school’s online courses.

Additionally, Dr. Snyder has authored three books and two entries in encyclopedias of educational technology. Her latest book, “Old School, New School, No-School,” examines the recalibration of higher education and guides college administrators, faculty, counselors and parents who seek to prepare students for the accelerating changes taking place in the world around them.

“Dr. Snyder is known as a pioneer in online education,” said Michigan Virtual President and CEO Jamey Fitzpatrick. “We are grateful to have her support, knowledge and expertise, and are thrilled to welcome her to our Board.”

Dr. Snyder was awarded the 2018 Blue Water Woman’s Educator of the Year Award. She has a Ph.D. in organizational communication, a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wayne State University. She also attended SC4.

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