Executive Strategic Council


The Executive Strategic Council (ESC) serves as an advisory body to IMS Global’s leadership to highlight major challenges facing the learning community worldwide, both current and future, and to help guide the strategic priorities of IMS member community to advance technology to support innovative models for improving student outcomes.   

The ESC is comprised of a select group of educational leaders whose institutions or personal work has advanced the adoption of new to enhance educational access, affordability and quality.  This group is committed to encouraging the development and adoption of best practices to advance institution-specific missions and address global based education challenges. 


Members of the Executive Strategic Council


  • John Cavanaugh, Ph.D., President and CEO, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area
  • Marie Cini, Provost, University of Maryland, University College
  • Antonette "Toni" Cleveland, Ph.D., President and CEO, HERDI (Higher Education Research and Development Institute
  • James DeVaney, Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education & Innovation, University of Michigan
  • Dae-Joon Hwang, Ph.D., CEO, IMS Korea, Provost, Planning & Budgeting and Professor, School of Information & Communication Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University
  • Steve Klingler, Vice Chancellor, Center for Learning Innovation, Argosy University
  • Dr. Bernard Luskin, CEO, Moorpark College, President, APA Society for Media Psychology and Technology
  • Felice Nudelman, Chancellor, Antioch University
  • Gary Shapiro, Chief Executive Officer, Collegiate Retail Alliance/RATEX Business Solutions, Inc.




CavanaughDr. John C. Cavanaugh, President and CEO, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

Dr. John C. Cavanaugh is President and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Previously, he was chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, effective July 1, 2008.  He serves as the chief executive officer of PASSHE, which operates 14 comprehensive universities with a combined enrollment of nearly 117,000 students. The chancellor works with the Board of Governors to recommend and develop overall policies for the State System.

From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Cavanaugh served as president of the 10,500-student University of West Florida in Pensacola. Among his accomplishments were creating the Academic Technology Center and being one of the original proponents of the Vince Whibbs Community Maritime Park (the largest public-private partnership in Pensacola history). He served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington from 1999 to 2002. He also held various positions at the University of Delaware, including vice provost for academic programs and planning and associate provost for graduate studies.

Dr. Cavanaugh attended St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia before earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology with high honors from the University of Delaware in 1975. He also holds both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Notre Dame, and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Research in Human Learning and the Institute of Child Development. He served as an American Council on Education Fellow in 1994-1995 and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 1, 2, 3, and 20), a Charter Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

He serves as Chair of the Federal Relations Committee of the State Higher Education Executive Officers and as Vice Chair of the Policies and Purposes Committee of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He is Vice Chair of the Middle States Association Board of Trustees and a commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Cavanaugh is a member of the Marygrove College Board of Trustees and previously served on several national advisory boards, including the Chronicle of Higher Education and New York Times Higher Education Cabinet; the National Flight Academy, which he chaired from 2004-2008; and the Walt Disney College and International Program.

Marie CiniMarie Cini, Provost, University of Maryland, University College

Marie Cini, PhD, is the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at UMUC. Prior to her current position, Dr. Cini was the vice president and dean for the Undergraduate School at UMUC. She joined UMUC in February, 2008.

Dr. Cini has a broad academic background as an instructor and scholar, as well as administrative experience in both undergraduate and graduate program development and management.

After earning a PhD and a master's degree in social psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a master's degree in counselor education from the Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Cini began her career in higher education teaching adult students. She later administered programs for adults at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, followed by roles at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, New Jersey, and more recently as associate vice president for Academic Affairs and interim dean of the School of Management at City University of Seattle.

Dr. Cini has published and presented extensively on the topics of authentic assessment and academic integrity, leadership development in adult learners, retention and adult learners, and curriculum design for adult students. Her current interest is focused on the next generation of technologically-enabled post-secondary education.


ToniClevelandDr. Toni Cleveland, President and CEO of HERDI

In January of 2007, Dr. Toni Cleveland became President and CEO of HERDI (Higher Education Research and Development Institute). She was a Teacher, Director of Continuing Education/Workforce Development, College Dean and Community College President in New York before coming to Richmond as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Services for the Virginia Community College System.  Always active in leadership activities and community affairs, she has chaired city and county planning boards in central New York and was awarded the Community Leader Award by the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce in 2001, YWCA Outstanding Woman of the Year in Education Award in 1998, and Educator of the Year Award in 2001 by the Western NY Junior Achievement.  She was named President of the American Lung Association of New York State in 2001 and served until her move to Virginia in 2002.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Richmond Country Club and is co-chair of the Eagle Classic Symetra Tour professional women’s golf tournament, “Road to the LPGA”.


James DeVaneyJames DeVaney, Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education & Innovation, University of Michigan

James is the Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education & Innovation at the University of Michigan where he provides strategic and operational leadership for the Office of Digital Education & Innovation (DEI) which includes the DEI Venture Fund as well as three labs operating at the intersection of digital learning and learning analytics: the Digital Education & Innovation Lab (DEIL), the Learning, Education & Design Lab (LED), and the Digital Innovation Greenhouse (DIG). DEI is committed to helping redefine public residential education through the creative use of digital learning and learning analytics in order to unlock engaged, personalized, and lifelong learning for the University of Michigan community and beyond.

James partners with academic leadership, faculty innovators, and instructional teams across campus to investigate new opportunities, find pathways to scale, and institutionalize learning from DEI initiatives. James leads strategic initiatives and partnerships and is responsible for making strategic investments in curricular innovation, learning analytics, and digital infrastructure at scale. He is dedicated to efforts that transform the residential experience, engage lifelong learners, amplify academic strengths and scholarship, and remove barriers to multidisciplinary learning while testing and challenging assumptions about teaching and learning.

Prior to his role at U-M, James was a senior director at a management consulting firm where he co-founded the firm’s Global Education and Digital Education practices. Previously, he lived in the United Arab Emirates where he established the firm’s presence in the MENA region. James has worked with more than 50 universities in more than 15 countries across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Australia, and North America, including: Cornell University, Georgetown University, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Imperial College London, Indiana University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Monash University, Northwestern University, Tufts University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Warwick, University of Wisconsin System, and Yale University. In addition to world-class research universities, James has worked with startup colleges and universities, new educational ventures and international branch campuses, national libraries, museums, K-12 focused nonprofits, think-tanks, and other social enterprise organizations.

He is a graduate of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan where he earned a Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Business Administration. James has visited more than 250 universities around the world and is focused on opportunities which enable lifelong, personalized, and engaged learning.


Dr. HwangDr. Dae-Joon Hwang, CEO, IMS Korea, Provost, Planning & Budgeting and Professor, School of Information & Communication Engineering of Sungkyunkwan University

Dr. Dae-Joon Hwang is Provost, Planning & Budgeting and Professor, School of Information & Communication Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University and CEO of KERIS (Korea Education Research and Information Service), a leading Ministry of Education-affiliated organization in the educational and research field.

Over past twenty years he has been actively working as an expert on computer architecture (dataflow machine design), parallel processing, multimedia framework design, CSCW, cyber education system, and intellectual property right management. He also has more than 20-year experiences in both doing research and teaching students in Korean Universities. He has been with the faculty of School of EE & CE, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea since March 1987. During the period of Feb. 1997 - Jan. 2004 he took in charge of Provost of SKKU Information and Communication Center and also he served as Provost of Admission. In addition, he spent one year as a visiting professor at MIT and four months as an invited researcher at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, U.S.A. And also he served as an exchange professor at University of California, Irvine, U.S.A. (2001.3-2001.8)

Dr. Hwang has extensive experiences in Cyber Education. During the years 1998-2001, he consulted on cyber education for Ministry of Education and Ministry of Unification of Korea government. At the same time, he worked as a chairman of Planning and Administration Committee of Open Cyber University and his effort contributed to OCU's earning the reputation as a leading cyber university during that time. And also he served as one of national evaluation committee members on ICT utilization in primary and secondary schools for more than four years. He was actively involved as a board member of IVILLE Int'l Inc., in LA, U.S.A., and IVILLE SOFTWARE Inc. in Seoul, Korea, which were co-founded based on his Korean and U.S Patents on cyber education system and platform technology in September 1998. He invested his time about 2 years as a research staff of the committee of Education and Research of World Trade Center Association to design Cyber Education Platform of World Trade Center University operated by WTCA in NY, U.S.A..(1998.9-2001) Especially he recognized as one of the expert with dignity on e-learning and regarded as a key person who paved a way of adopting cyber education into Korea. On recognition of the activities and contributions, he received the Presidential Award from Korean Government in June 1999.

Dr. Hwang earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Technology from Kyung Pook National University, and his master's and doctoral degrees in Computer Science from Seoul National University.

Steve Klinger

Steve Klingler, Vice Chancellor, Center for Learning Innovation, Argosy University

Steve Klingler is the Vice Chancellor, Center for Learning Innovation at Argosy University. Previously, he was Vice President of Student Experience at Western Governors University where his involvement included re-envisioning the student portal to provide a more personalized learning experience, establishing a student success-oriented business model with publishers and courseware providers, and collaborating with academic and executive leadership to advance the WGU mission. Prior to WGU, Steve has more than twenty years of leadership experience in technology innovation, business consulting, and consumer marketing. He has BS degrees in Finance, Marketing, and Retail Management, an Executive MBA, and is a CMA.


Bernard LuskinDr. Bernard Luskin, CEO, Moorpark College, President, APA Society for Media Psychology and Technology

Dr. Bernard Luskin has had distinguished careers in commerce, education, entertainment and psychology. University Business Magazine selected him as one who has had exceptional careers in both education and corporate life. He is a licensed psychotherapist, with Degrees in Business and a UCLA Doctorate in Education, Psychology and Technology. Bernie Luskin has been president and CEO of divisions of major Fortune 50 and 500 companies, including Philips Interactive Media, PolyGram New Media, Philips Education and Reference Publishing and Jones International, including Mind Extension University, Knowledge TV, and Jones Education Networks. He has authored bestseller economics, technology and education books, television series and CDs. He is credited in working with Paramount Studios in putting the first 50 movies on CD in MPEG format, leading to DVD. He served on the Accrediting Commission for Collegiate Schools of Business, and led the standards team that developed specifications for CDi and CD-Rom, in addition to working on standards features of MPEG full motion video and recordable CD. While president of Philips Interactive Media, he spearheaded breakthroughs in many areas in CD. This included the first Sesame Street CD, Grolier's and Compton's Encyclopedias, Golf, Art, Children's and reference CDs, including games, and the first interactive movie on CD, entitled Voyeur. 

Luskin has served as CEO of six colleges and universities. These include Moorpark College, Orange Coast College, Coastline College, Wright Graduate University, Jones International University and Touro University Worldwide. Luskin launched the first Ph.D and Ed.D programs in media psychology and media studies.  Luskin is director of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Community College Leadership Legacy Project. He has taught at UCLA, USC, Claremont Graduate University, Pepperdine University and California State University. Luskin received two Emmys, in addition to distinguished leadership and alumni awards from the UCLA Doctoral Alumni Association, California State University at Los Angeles, and The University of Florida, and he received lifetime achievement awards from the Irish Government and the European Union for contributions to education and digital media. Luskin is presently President and CEO of Moorpark College in California and President, Society for Media Psychology and Technology of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. KoesterFelice Nudelman, Chancellor, Antioch University

Antioch University welcomed Felice Nudelman as the new Chancellor on July 1, 2012. She has spent the majority of her career in education, both on college campuses and for the past 12 years with the New York Times Company, where she most recently served as executive director of education. In this capacity, Ms. Nudelman was responsible for developing and overseeing education initiatives, including The New York Times Knowledge Network.





G. ShapiroGary Shapiro, Chief Executive Officer at Collegiate Retail Alliance/RATEX Business Solutions, Inc..

Gary is Chief Executive Officer at Collegiate Retail Alliance/RATEX Business Solutions, Inc.. Prior to this, he worked for Follett Higher Education Group since 1999 and was responsible for all course material product categories. His experience includes management positions in five college stores, serving as the first Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of College Stores (NACS) and as Executive Vice President and General Manager of NACSCORP.  In addition to the development of many industry conferences and project initiatives, including the NACS Copyright Permission Service, ConTEXT and the Campus Computer Resellers Conference, Gary made numerous presentations on the future of the textbook, and is the author of Turning Points: Six Critical Challenges for College Stores.  Gary has a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University.