Dr. Don Olcott, Jr., Ed.D., FRSA | Biography
Dr. Don Olcott, Jr.is President of HJ Global Associates focusing on open and distance learning, global higher education, and educational leadership.  Dr. Olcott holds an appointment as adjunct full Professor in the Faculty of The Professions at the University of New England in Australia and a Research Associate with Nova Southeastern University (USA).

Don is former Chief Executive of The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE) in the UK, former Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) and is a 2010 EDEN Fellow bestowed by the European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN) for his leadership and contributions to European open and distance learning. He currently serves on the USDLA Board of Directors, was a former member of the external Strategy Group of the Open University and UK Online Learning Task Force; and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA).

Dr. Olcott serves on the Editorial Boards of Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del Conocimient (Spain), Open Learning, The American Journal of Distance Education, EURODL, the Journal of Continuing Higher Education, Distance Education and the Asian Journal of Distance Education.  He was the 1998 recipient of the Charles Wedemeyer award at the Outstanding Distance Education Practitioner in North America awarded by The American Center for the Study of Distance Education and the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  He has published extensively in ODL and international education and has consulted with universities, governments, and corporations across the globe.

Dr. Olcott was the 2010 recipient of Western Washington University’s Lifetime Achievement award for his leadership and contributions to higher education.  Dr. Olcott’s research interests include language and culture in cross-border higher education, the development and management the ‘new global regionalism,’ regional higher education hubs, and leadership and innovation in open and distance learning open educational resources.