The UNC Online Leadership Collaboration (OLC) is a group made up of distance education and online learning leaders across all institutions of the University of North Carolina System.


To share knowledge and collaborate on initiatives that serve online and distance learners.


To offer mutual support, share ideas and faculty development techniques, and provide continued education and advocacy for online learning offices in the UNC System.


  • Communication: The effectiveness of the UNC OLC will stem from our ability to communicate in both writing and digital formats across our institutions and with personnel from the UNC System Office. Communication consists not only of disseminating pertinent information that can impact online and distance learners but resources to support and enhance the delivery of online programs at each institution.
  • Collaboration: There is an adage that higher education institutions often operate in a silo. Relative to distance education, the UNC OLC will meet regularly to share resources, best practices, funding strategies, and institutional initiatives to empower each institution to fulfill its strategic goals. Collaboration can enhance operational efficiencies and fiscal responsibility across the seventeen constituent institutions of the UNC System.
  • Advocacy: The academic rigor, convenience, and affordability of distance or online education in North Carolina are marketable characteristics. The technological and resource support to sustain online programming requires the engagement and support of system governance. The inclusion of diverse institutional contexts is necessary to advance system-level initiatives.

Strategic Areas

The UNC Online Leadership Collaboration is currently working on an action plan to address common online learning issues and needs across institutions in these five strategic areas:

  • Faculty support
  • Student success
  • Organizational development
  • Policy and accreditation
  • Technology development and application


The UNC Online Leadership Collaboration meets monthly for 1 hour. In addition, the following activities and resources are part of the group:

  • Action Plan: A working document with objectives, deliverables, dates, and action items to improve and advocate for online learning and distance education across institutions in the system.
  • Subject Matter Expert Directory: A list of the areas of expertise for each member of the group.
  • Professional Development Assessment: Working document with online learning and distance education professional development needs across institutions.
  • Digital Repository: A platform for the exchange of documents, templates, and other resources related to online learning and distance education.


The Online Leadership Collaboration group was founded in 2021. The mission of this organization is to share knowledge and collaborate on initiatives that serve online and distance learners within the 17 UNC institutions. The UNC OLC group goals are to provide support by sharing ideas, faculty development techniques, continued education, and advocacy for online learning offices within the UNC system. Over the past 3 years, the Online Leadership Collaboration group has been actively working on action plans to address common online learning issues and needs across institutions in five strategic areas: faculty support, student success, organizational development, policy and accreditation, and technology development and application. The founding officers were, chair: Dr. Miko Nino (UNC Pembroke), Vice-Chair Dr. Tonya Amankwatia (N.C. A&T), Communications Officer: Dr. Wendy Creasey (ECU), and System Liaison, Dr. Ben Powell. The organization is currently under the leadership of chair, Dr. Jeremiah Shipp (WSSU), vice-chair Dr. Racheal Brooks (NCCU), and communications officers Dr’s. Claudette Fuller and Shunta’ Hailey Gregory (FSU).  

UNC Online Leadership Collaboration Charter



Dr. Jeremiah E. Shipp, Winston-Salem State University


Dr. Racheal Brooks, North Carolina Central University

Communications Officer

Dr. Claudette Fuller, Fayetteville State University

Communications Officer

Dr. Shuntá Hailey Gregory, Fayetteville State University

Membership Directory

Appalachian State UniversityEmory MaidenInterim Director of Academic TechnologiesMaidenev3@appstate.edu828-262-7978
Adryona NelsonDirector of Compliance and Program Operationsnelsonam1@appstate.edu828-262-7559
East Carolina UniversityJennifer BaysdenAssociate Director for Credit Programs (AOCDE)baysdenj@ecu.edu252-328-9194
Dr. Bobbi Jo CarterExecutive Director for the Office of Online Learning, Academic Outreach, and Academic
Dr. Wendy CreaseyDirector, Digital Learning & Emerging Technology 
Elizabeth City State UniversityDr. Trina Gregory University Program Specialist tlgregory3@ecsu.edu252-335-3112
Fayetteville State UniversityMr. Tristan DanielsOnline
Dr. Claudette Fuller, Communications OfficerInstructional
Dr. Shuntá Hailey Gregory, Communications OfficerAssistant Director of Faculty Development and Online
Dr. Bonnie GroheAssociate Professor & Director of Faculty Development and Online Educationbgrohe@uncfsu.edu910-672-1193
Dr. Kizito MukuniDirector of Online 
North Carolina A&T State UniversityDr. Tonya AmankwatiaAssistant Vice Provost, Distance Ed and Extended Learningtbamankwatia@ncat.edu336-285-2709
North Carolina Central UniversityDr. Racheal Brooks, Vice ChairDirector, Office of e-LearningRmbrooks@nccu.edu919-530-6677
Dr. Kimberly McGheeAssociate Vice Chancellor for Extended Studies and Student Support kpmcghee@nccu.edu919-530-5069
Paulette Morrison-DannerDirector, Division of Extended StudiesPscotton@nccu.edu919-530-7442
NC State UniversityHelen ChenSenior Vice Provost for Instructional
Dr. Donna PetherbridgeAssociate Vice Provost, Academic Technology Innovation (DELTA)pether@ncsu.edu919-513-3737
Dr. Tim PettyAssociate Vice Provost, Online and Distance Education (DELTA)itpetty@ncsu.edu919-515-2393
North Carolina School of Science and MathematicsJoyce VentimigliaEducational Consultant/Project ManagerVentimiglia@ncssm.edu919-416-637
UNC AshevilleDr. Angel KaurAssistant Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UNC Asheville Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellow, UNC System DLI DEOC Associate Faculty Fellowakaur@unca.edu828-232-5154
UNC-Chapel HillDr. Todd NicoletVice Provost for Digital and Lifelong  
UNC CharlotteAsher HainesAssociate Provost, School of Professional Studiesasher.haines@uncc.edu704-687-8693
UNC GreensboroChris DunstDirector, Instructional and Media Design, UTLCcbdunst@uncg.edu336-315-7762
UNC PembrokeTerry B. LocklearInterim Director of Online Learningterry.locklear@uncp.edu910-775-4074
UNC WilmingtonDr. Jeremy DickersonAssistant Provost, Office of Distance Education & eLearningDickersonj@uncw.edu910-962-2368
Amy Ostrom Director, Distance Education and E-Learningostroma@uncw.edu910-962-3929
Western Carolina UniversityDr. Eli-Collins BrownDirector of the Coulter Faculty Commonsecollinsbrown@wcu.edu828-227-2093
Dr. Carolyn CallaghanExecutive Director of Educational
Tony MillerAssociate Director, Distance
Dr. Jonathan WadeSenior Educational Technologist, Academic Engagement and IT Governancejdwade@wcu.edu828-227-3309
Winston-Salem State UniversityDr. Jeremiah E. Shipp, ChairSenior Faculty Development Specialist, Center for Innovative and Transformative  336-750-8719
Dr. Wanda WhiteDirector of Teaching and Learning, Center for Innovative and Transformative 
Updated March 2023