Local Four-Year Baccalaureate University Adds New Director For The School Of Professional Studies
RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Lori Holcomb McClaren, Ph.D., has been named director of online programs. In this position, McClaren will be responsible for overseeing all online courses and programs offered within the School of Professional Studies, as well as working alongside university faculty to develop and deliver online curriculums for enhanced distance education. The online degree program, through the School of Professional Studies, provides distance learning courses to nontraditional students and offers a Bachelor of Science in business administration, a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. With an extensive career in distance education, McClaren previously served as the assistant professor of instructional technology at NC State University, where she taught instructional technology courses at the graduate level within the College of Education.
“The William Peace University School of Professional Studies offers Saturday, evening and online programs designed to meet the needs of our nontraditional students,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “Serving as the director of online programs, Lori fully understands the importance of educating and meeting the needs of all students, and I am confident that she will lead the development of our online programs in a way that will meet the needs of students now and in the future.”
“I am honored to serve as William Peace University’s director of online programs and assist in the outreach and educational process of our nontraditional student population,” said McClaren. “As educators, it is important that we recognize that all students take a unique approach to learning. The online programs offered through the School of Professional Studies addresses that unique learning style, and I look forward to further enhancing the programs and curriculums that we offer our distance education students.”
McClaren earned a Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education from Clemson University, a Master of Arts in educational psychology from the University of Connecticut and a Doctorate in educational psychology: cognition and instruction.
A native of Glastonbury, Conn., McClaren resides in Raleigh with her husband, Ryne.