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Groppel named dean of extended and distance education

January 8, 2001

Dr. Stanley Groppel has been named dean of extended and distance education. The change marks not only a change in title for Groppel but also a change in the name of the area he has overseen since his arrival at APSU March 1, 1998.

“I'm excited and looking forward to all the challenges,” Groppel said. The biggest? Leading the university forward in its expansion of online course offerings and preparing for the Army Access Online program.

Groppel led the effort to put together a proposal that resulted in APSU being part of the Army initiative called the PWC e-Learning Network. Based on the proposal, Austin Peay was chosen by PricewaterhouseCoopers to work with them in delivering distance-learning courses to soldiers. That program began earlier this month.

Groppel also is working on TBR's new online Regents Degree and on the development of an online version of APSU's new professional studies degree.

Before coming to APSU, Groppel was associate dean of graduate and continuing education for seven years at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va. He also worked at Murray State University in Murray, Ky., for nine years as director of the bachelor of independent studies program.

In 1994 he was selected Continuing Professional Educator for Region III, which includes 11 Southeastern states and Puerto Rico, by the National University Continuing Education Association.

When he arrived at APSU, he was named the first executive director of APSU's Business and Community Solution Center, now the Center for Extended and Distance Education.

Groppel received his bachelor's degree in education and his master's and Ph.D. in education administration from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.