Vickie S. Cook, Executive Director Online, Professional, and Engaged Learning
Dr. Vickie Cook is the Executive Director Online, Professional, and Engaged Learning (OPEL) and Research Professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois Springfield.
Dr. Cook has been actively engaged providing consulting and faculty development with educational leaders across the U.S. and in Mexico. Her work has been published in a variety of national educational publications. She worked as part of a team that authored the UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence.
Her current research agenda focuses on two areas. First, exploring mobile learning through a heutagogical lens and also the impact of a systems approach for online leadership. She teaches online in the Teaching English as a Second Language concentration of the Masters of Arts in Education program at University of Illinois Springfield.
Dr. Cook has served on several regional and national committees, as well as having been a long time member of Illinois Council on Continuing Higher Education (ICCHE) serving in multiple roles on the Executive Board; serves as a board member of the University Professionals & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA); serves as a mentor for the Association for Continuing and Higher Education (ACHE); is a member of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and serves on the Online Learning Journal Review Board; and was named a 2017 University of Illinois President’s Executive Leadership Fellow and a 2017 Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Fellow.
Gary Anderson, Business Administrative Associate
As OPEL’s Business Administrative Associate (BAA), Gary oversees all business-related activities for OPEL. After 24 years of management in the private sector, Gary began working for UIS in the Center for Academic Success in September 2018 before joining OPEL in August 2019. As a UIS alum, Gary is a big fan of UIS and UIUC sports, especially basketball and baseball. Besides cheering for the Prairie Stars and Illini, he is a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. His free time includes watching his favorite sports teams and watching his two children participate in sports and other activities.
Ann Cole, Administrative Clerk
As OPEL’s Staff Clerk, Ann is responsible for monitoring the operating budget of the unit, making travel arrangements, and purchasing items for the unit. Ann has worked at the university since February 1992. She has worked at various departments during her years at the university. Ann’s hobbies include skydiving, motorcycle riding, and reading.