Associate Dean Clare Roby Elected National Association Vice President

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Date: 06-19-2014

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Clare Roby, associate dean of Regional and Continuing Education at California State University, Chico, has been elected vice president of the Association for Continuing Higher Education, a national organization representing 400 institutions.

Clare RobyHer term as vice president begins in fall 2014 and initiates four years of executive committee service, including a term as president in 2016–2017 followed by immediate past president.

The Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) is headquartered at the University of Oklahoma and promotes excellence in continuing higher education among its 1,500 members throughout the United States and Canada.

Roby currently serves as past president of ACHE West, representing 13 states, two Canadian provinces, Asia and Mexico. She also serves on the editorial board of the association’s research publication, The Journal of Continuing Higher Education.

As a member of ACHE's leadership team, Roby plans to build on the priorities of the organization’s current leadership to foster partnerships, enhance the value of ACHE to its members, and provide members the network and education they need to meet the challenges faced by continuing higher education.

“We face rapidly evolving technology, new and shifting markets, funding challenges, barriers to access, changing economic conditions and daunting political climates,” Roby said. “ACHE is uniquely positioned to help its members garner the resources and knowledge that are necessary to thrive, not just survive.”

Roby joined CSU, Chico’s Office of Regional and Continuing Education in 1997 and served in several director roles until 2007, when she was appointed associate dean. She holds a master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a bachelor’s in Spanish from Hanover College in Indiana.

The Center for Regional and Continuing Education (RCE) at CSU, Chico aims to strengthen and expand the resources of the University to respond to lifelong learning needs through distance and online education, teacher professional development, accredited certificates and degrees, and a wide variety of personal enrichment and professional development courses and conferences. For more information on RCE, please visit www.rce.csuchico.edu.

ACHE is dedicated to promoting lifelong learning and excellence in continuing higher education, professional development, research and exchange of information for its members, and continuing higher education as a means of enhancing and improving society. For more information, please visit www.acheinc.org.