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For Immediate Release 23 June 2000


South Dakota Electronic University Consortium Chief Operating Officer
Elected to the Board of Directors of National Group


PIERRE - Janet Lewis, Chief Operating Officer of the South Dakota Electronic University Consortium, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA). Lewis was also elected Chair of the Association's Commission on Learning and Instructional Technologies with Vice Chair, Mary Beth Almeda, University of California Extension.

The University Continuing Education Association (formerly the National University Continuing Education Association) is among the oldest college and university associations in the United States. As the principal US organization for continuing higher education, the Association assists institutions of higher learning and affiliated nonprofit organizations to increase access through a wide array of educational programs and services. UCEA also provides leadership in support of policies that advance workforce and professional development. Since its inception, the Association has been committed to making higher education available to everyone, as well as to ensure that programs and services address societal needs and economic trends. In addition, UCEA works with counterparts abroad to foster professional exchange and better international understanding of continuing higher education.

Lewis will serve as Chair of the Commission on Learning and Instructional Technologies. The Commission provides continuing higher education professionals with the resources and professional development opportunities to maximize teaching and learning in traditional, alternative formats and technology-enhanced environments.

"I am excited about the benefits South Dakota will receive from my connection to the association. I will be able to share information on the latest instructional technology to facilitate education and new practices in using technology in teaching and learning. Knowledge gained through the association will help South Dakota be among the leaders in increasing access to quality education in rural areas," said Lewis.

More information about the University Continuing Education Association may be found on the world-wide-web at


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