The executive leadership team of the EdTech Network is comprised of administrators and professionals with a lifetime of experience in a wide variety of positions in higher education and private industry. Many have been with Penn State in some capacity since the founding of the Penn State World Campus in 1998. They share a mission to grow the World Campus and push the boundaries of accessibility and interactivity in online education.
"Our leadership team is firmly committed to driving educational technology forward to enhance the learning experience we provide to Penn State students."
Dr. Craig D. Weidemann is currently serving as Special Assistant to the Provost for Innovation and Education Technology Initiatives. After fourteen years at Penn State, he recently stepped down from his position as Vice President for Outreach and Vice Provost for Online Education, where he led the University’s outreach initiatives and Penn State World Campus. In his current role, he is responsible for a number of University initiatives that build on his leadership experiences in advancing innovations in education and learning. He will provide leadership support for the transforming education theme in the University’s strategic plan, advance the educational education technology sector in the University’s Invent Penn State, and work on specific Provost-led projects.
In his previous role, he provided leadership for the University’s external outreach, engaged scholarship, and online education initiatives. He has had responsibility for Penn State World Campus, WPSU, and Professional and Community Engagement. Penn State Outreach is the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education.
Dr. Weidemann has served as a board member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and chair of the APLU Council on Engagement and Outreach. He currently serves as treasurer and board member of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, board member of the Online Learning Consortium, and member of the Advisory Council for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s (UPCEA) Center for Online Leadership and Strategy.
In addition, Dr. Weidemann has served on several boards in Pennsylvania, including two terms on the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, and as past board member of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. He currently serves on the Governor’s Advisory Board on Education and Workforce Development. He is the recipient of the UPCEA Julius M. Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership, and was recognized by the University of Georgia with the Professional Achievement Alumni Award. He writes and presents on many issues, including engaged scholarship, online learning, innovation, and adult learning.
Prior to his tenure at Penn State, Dr. Weidemann held administrative positions at Johns Hopkins University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Dr. Weidemann received his B.S. in psychology from Illinois State University, and his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Georgia in Athens.
Daren Coudriet is the Director of the Penn State EdTech Network. He has devoted his entire career to helping organizations leverage and adapt to the change created by disruptive technologies. He established his first consulting firm while pursuing his B.S. in engineering at Penn State. Upon graduation, he helped start a venture-backed firm in State College, Pennsylvania, that developed solutions using geographic information systems (GIS). He started his first Internet consulting firm in the 1990s and has been involved in helping organizations leverage the disruptive nature of the internet ever since. Daren also earned his M.S. in engineering and an MBA in strategy and marketing from Penn State.
Jeff Smith has been with Penn State World Campus since 1999. He joined Penn State after 15 years with IBM, where he held leadership positions in HQ consolidation and restructuring accounting, as well as joint ventures strategy and operations.
Smith has been with Penn State World Campus since its inception and has been responsible for building the finance models that have supported and enabled its growth to its current count of more than 15,000 online students, with the plan to grow to 45,000 students. He holds a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Penn State.
Dr. Renata S. Engel is Interim Vice Provost for Online Education at Penn State. She is responsible for the academic affairs of Penn State World Campus, which encompass the more than 125 undergraduate and graduate online degree programs, minors, and certificates, including support for academic advising, faculty teaching online, and the development, piloting, and evaluation of online curricular innovations and enhancements.
A member of the Penn State faculty since 1990, Dr. Engel is Professor of Engineering Design and Engineering Science and Mechanics, and served as the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Engineering from 2006 to 2014 and the Executive Director of the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence at Penn State from 2000 to 2006. She earned a B.S. in engineering science from Penn State and a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from the University of South Florida.
Tracey DeBlase Huston is the Interim Vice President for Outreach and the Associate Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment Services for Outreach and Online Education at Penn State University. She has more than 31 years of experience in the university relations, strategic communications, marketing, and student recruitment fields.
Prior to her appointment as Associate Vice President, she held several positions during her early tenure at Penn State including Executive Director for Outreach and Online Education Marketing and Admission Services and Director of Communications. Prior to her appointment at Penn State, Tracey served in two different roles at Juniata College. She was the Assistant Director of Public Relations and the Director of Sports Information.
Her work has been recognized nationally with awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the University Professional Continuing Education Association, and the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America. She holds a B.A. degree from Juniata College and an M.S. degree from Penn State University. She is a consultant and lecturer on issues and opportunities related to strategic communications and she is a certified facilitator for Development Dimensions International (DDI).
Since 2012, Dr. Larry Ragan has served as a Co-Director for the Center for Online Innovation in Learning at Penn State, where he helps direct the center's mission of research, scholarship, technology innovation, and leadership development programming. Dr. Ragan has been a part of the creation and management of Penn State World Campus since its inception in 1998, serving as Director for Instructional Design and Development and Director of Faculty Development.
Since 2009, Dr. Ragan has served as Co-Director of the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL). In partnership with the leadership at the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan-C), IELOL addresses the operational and strategic leadership of the design, development, and preparation of the next-generation of leadership in online learning. Dr. Ragan previously served as founding Co-director and faculty of the EDUCAUSE Learning Technology Leadership program. He is active in the design and delivery of international leadership development institutes, and in 2011, was recognized as a Sloan-C Faculty Fellow.
Bill Harvey is the Executive Director of Marketing Strategy and Business Development for Penn State Outreach and Online Education. Harvey leads a team of market researchers, strategists, and business development personnel who support face-to-face and online education through Penn State World Campus and other delivery modes. In addition, he leads a team focused on promoting Penn State learning alliances with major corporations.
Prior to joining Penn State, Harvey was a Vice President for Claritas, the worldˈs largest provider of marketing research to private and public companies. During his 17 years at Claritas, he oversaw the nation's largest syndicated study focusing on the use and awareness of financial services, brands, and categories. He managed Claritasˈ National Accounts Group, as well as regional offices in Atlanta, New York City, and Washington, DC.
He has consulted on consumer marketing with many of the nation's leading brands, including Bank of America, Citigroup, American Red Cross, U.S. Army, Starbucks, and Coca-Cola.
Kate Domico has been Executive Director, World Campus Learning Design, since 2013. She leads the instructional design and educational technology teams and serves on the Penn State World Campus Executive Team. Prior to her current role, Domico was project director for the World Campus Growth Strategy. She is also the Executive Director for WPSU TV and FM, which serve 24 counties in central Pennsylvania.
Domico serves on the board of directors for KINBER, the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research, and is active in a number of community organizations. Prior to joining Penn State, Domico held positions as software product manager for a Fortune 50 company, vice president for a financial services firm, applications designer, and management consultant.
Heather Fennessey McWhorter, PE, Penn State SBDC Director, works with an accomplished business and technical team at Penn State that helps more than 800 businesses across the Commonwealth create jobs, increase revenues, and improve operations. While those businesses are accelerated, the programs help to improve the education of more than 5,000 Penn State students annually through engaged scholarship and service learning opportunities.
Heather has a degree in chemical engineering from Penn State, a Professional Engineer license in Pennsylvania in environmental engineering, and decades of experience in helping small businesses and manufacturers with environmental and energy solutions.
Her interests include tech businesses, business incubation, engaged scholarship, organizational implementation issues, and clean energy technologies. Prior to joining the Penn State SBDC in 2001, Heather worked with the military and NASA to provide solutions in joint pollution prevention projects.
Kyle Bowen, Director of Education Technology Services at Penn State, leads University efforts for effective uses of technology for teaching and learning. Kyle oversees a portfolio of services, including instructional design, faculty research support, learning spaces, digital media development, and the exploration of emerging technologies.
Formerly the Director of Informatics at Purdue University, he shaped and led that university's strategy to advance student success through new and innovative technologies. A relentless pursuer of technologies that hack the classroom, Kyle is also an author, entrepreneur, and frequent speaker on the role of technology in advancing education.
He has co-authored and edited more than 20 books in the areas of web design, development, and usability — and his work has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, TIME, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.