Nicholas H. Allen is Provost Emeritus and Collegiate Professor at University of Maryland University College (UMUC). From 1998 until his retirement from that post in 2007, he served as the University\’s first provost and chief academic officer and as Interim President during 2005. For nearly a decade, Nick provided leadership and strategic direction to UMUC\’s worldwide academic operations as the institution emerged as the largest public university in the United States and one of the world\’s major virtual universities with online enrollments reaching 177,000 in 2007.
Dr. Allen received his B.S. from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, M.B.A. from Oklahoma City University, and M.P.A. and D.P.A. degrees from The George Washington University. He currently teaches in UMUC\’s Master of Distance Education and Doctor of Management programs and represents the university as an ambassador in international affairs.
Nick has been a strong voice for continuing and universal higher education, and an advocate for the use of technology and process reengineering to achieve scalable access to high quality, education. He has been involved in ICDE activities for many years and was a member of its first (Interim) Board of Trustees; in 2010 he chaired the ICDE SCOP Policy Forum: Education for All: Access, equity, quality in Pretoria, South Africa. Nick currently serves on the Executive Strategic Council of the IMS Global Learning Consortium and on the Board of Advisors to Inside Track, Inc., a student coaching enterprise. He is a frequent speaker at various national and international conferences.