• Presentation Slides- Leadership to Transform: A Global and National Perspective on the Future of Education


    Susan Patrick

    iNACOL President & CEO

    Susan Patrick is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). iNACOL is a nonprofit providing policy advocacy, research on best practices, next generation learning models professional development and networking, publishing national quality standards, driving the emerging field of competency-based, online and blended learning forward.

    She is the former Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education and wrote the National Educational Technology Plan in 2005 for Congress. She served as legislative liaison for Governor Hull in Arizona, ran a distance learning campus as a Site Director for Old Dominion University’s TELETECHNET program, and served as legislative staff on Capitol Hill. 

    Susan Patrick has published articles and appeared in a variety of national news media such as CNN, Newsweek, USA Today, ABC News, NBC, CBS, US News and World Report, Christian Science Monitor, CSPAN, Computerworld, Forbes, National Public Radio, Education Week, New York Times, London Times, eSchool News, Converge, and numerous other publications.

    In 2008, Susan Patrick was named by eSchool News, a leading national education technology journal, as one of the top 10 national education leaders who “have had a profound impact on educational technology” in the past decade for her work at iNACOL and at the U.S. Department of Education.  In 2011, Patrick was named to the International Advisory Board for the European Union program for lifelong learning/virtual education.  She is an Aspen-Pahara Institute Fellow. She has authored numerous research reports and articles in the field of online, blended and competency-based education.

    Patrick holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from the Colorado College.  Patrick was the first woman to play in the men’s intramural football league at the Colorado College.