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A. Frank Mayadas profile

A. Frank Mayadas


Founding President (ret.), Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium); Program Director (ret.), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation


PhD in applied physics, Cornell University

A. Frank Mayadas

A. Frank Mayadas spent 29 years at IBM during which he headed IBM's West Coast research operation and served a term as secretary of the IBM Corporation Management Board, working directly with the chairman, CFO, and president on matters of corporate strategy and management. He left behind a stellar research and management career at IBM and began working with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on the Anytime, Anyplace Learning Initiative in 1992. He went on to found the Sloan Consortium, an organization of academic institutions dedicated to quality, breadth, and scale in online education, and The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN).

He earned a Distinguished Service Award from the National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN) and is a member of the Halls of Fame for USDLA and International Adult and Continuing Education. He is also a member of the Marquis Who's Who in the US, and recipient of the Distinguished Medal of Achievement from Colorado School of Mines. The A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award in Online Education was established in his name by the Sloan Consortium in 2009 to honor outstanding individuals who exemplify his leadership and ideals. He is a fellow of the IEEE, a member of the American Physical Society, and a past director of the Society of Engineering Science.

He is currently a member of the board of e-Cornell, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cornell University, and a member of the boards of American Sentinel University. Dr. Mayadas has testified on e-learning before the U.S. Congress on two occasions, as well as before the 2007 National (Spellings) Commission on the Future of Higher Education.

He has published 40 refereed papers on devices, systems, and solid-state physics and has been invited as a keynote speaker on these topics at major conferences. He holds a PhD in applied physics from Cornell University.