CHAPEL HILL – Margaret (Maggie) O’Hara, former assistant dean for online programs at East Carolina’s College of Business, has been named director of e-learning of the 17-campus University of North Carolina. Her appointment began July 3.
In her new role, O’Hara will provide system leadership and direction for the design and implementation of an online outreach strategy for distance education programs. She will also provide strategic leadership to expand and establish the University’s online presence as a preferred choice for postsecondary attainment of degrees, continuing education, and professional development.
O’Hara, who earned a doctoral degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia, brings 13 years of experience to the Division of Academic Affairs. Her areas of research include technology-enhanced learning, organizational change, and data management.
She began teaching online in 2001, and in 2005 became assistant dean for Online Programs in the College of Business, assuming responsibility for development of faculty online teaching and quality assurance of online courses. This role also included managing a proctoring center that served as the prototype and exemplar for the UNC system’s current proctoring network.
O’Hara is a former president of the North Carolina Distance Education Association and has presented several papers related to e-learning at national conferences, most recently at the December 2011 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) meeting. She has also consulted on e-learning with the Southern Regional Education Board in several states and internationally.
The oldest public university in the nation, the University of North Carolina enrolls more than 220,000 students and encompasses all 16 of North Carolina’s public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation’s first public residential high school for gifted students. UNC campuses support a broad array of distinguished liberal-arts programs, two medical schools and one teaching hospital, two law schools, a veterinary school, a school of pharmacy, 11 nursing programs, 15 schools of education, three schools of engineering, and a specialized school for performing artists. The UNC Center for Public Television, with its 11-station statewide broadcast network, is also under the University umbrella.