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Meet the New Executive Director of the School of Continuing Studies


Gayla Stoner, the new Executive Director of the UIC School of Continuing Studies, brings 14 years of experience in continuing studies, most recently as Director of Southern Illinois University Extended Campus.  As the Executive Director, Ms. Stoner will provide administrative leadership and oversight to the development and expansion of the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) programs at UIC, including the Tutorium in Intensive English (TIE).


In her role at SIU Extended Campus, Ms. Stoner was responsible for central administrative oversight for online and off-campus programs, as well as special sessions. Under her leadership, extended education grew from four degree and accredited certificate programs in 2011 to 23 programs in 2014. This growth was in online programming as well as hybrid and onsite offerings at 41 extension sites across the nation.


She also led a strategic path for broadening academic programs to working professionals, adult learners, and high school students who may be placebound or who are seeking other than that offered in the traditional educational setting and structure. Her efforts have affected undergraduate programs, master's programs, certificate programs, certification and specialization programs as well as non-degree diploma programs. Ms. Stoner also brings experience in accreditation, program review, and policies disseminated by the Higher Learning Commission and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.


Ms. Stoner has also been active and held leadership roles in state and national organizations such as University Professional and Continuing Education Association, Illinois Council on Continuing Education, the Association for Career and Technical Education, and honorary societies. She expects to receive her Ph.D. in Spring 2015 from Southern Illinois University.


As UIC advances towards the implementation of its new strategic plan, we welcome Gayla Stoner to the UIC community and support her efforts to foster the growth of innovative and transformative programs for multi-generational learners, including our alumni and neighboring communities.


Ms. Stoner succeeds Cordelia Maloney, the first Executive Director, who built a professional-level capacity in the School for supporting market-drive, online programs. She retired from the position earlier this year, having served UIC since 1990.

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