HETL Global Communities

Board of Directors

Exemplary Leaders in Higher Education

Overview: History and Overview | Vision, Mission, and Values
Structure: Organizational Chart | Governance-Management Model
Programs: Awards Policy | Liaisons | Partners
Planning: Minutes of Annual Board Meeting

Governance: Constitution and Bylaws | Conflict of Interest Policy
Management: Office of Executive Director | Executive Advisory Board

The Board of Directors is the governing board of HETL. The Board of Directors is responsible for approving policy and strategy, and exercising organizational oversight with respect to HETL’s vision, mission, and shared values. To that end, all strategic management functions and all the day-to-day operational activities of the organization are vested within the Office of Executive Director. The Office of Executive Director provides professional management expertise and executive management leadership for HETL. The Office of Executive Director is responsible for drafting policies and strategies and, upon review and approval of the Board of Directors, is responsible for their implementation and on-going management in order to serve the best interests and needs of the organization’s members, partners, liaisons, and donors, specifically, and the global higher education community, generally.  The Office of Executive Director is also responsible for defining and managing all roles, responsibilities, and processes as well as allocating appropriate resources needed to implement policies and strategies in order to carry out the activities of the organization. The Office of Executive Director works with the Executive Advisory Board, the Research and Innovation Advisory Board, and other boards as needed on effective ways to manage HETL. HETL’s shared value of diversity drives a policy of inclusiveness that supports democratic principles of shared governance, institutional diversification, pedagogical pluralism, learning diversity, and freedom of inquiry.

Board of Directors for 2015-2017


Co-chair, Founder, Executive Director, Publisher, & Chief Research Scientist: Dr. Patrick Blessinger, USA
Co-chair and President: Professor Lorraine Stefani, New Zealand
Vice President: Professor Mandla Makhanya, South Africa
Treasurer: Professor. Milton Cox, USA
Secretary: Professor Linda Watts, USA


Dr. Jørgen Lerche Nielsen, Denmark
Ms. Krassie Petrova, New Zealand, ex officio
Dr. Mauricio Vasquez, Puerto Rico, ex officio
Dr. Evon Walters, USA
Professor Taisir Subhi Yamin, Germany


Dr. Patrick Blessinger

Dr. Patrick Blessinger is an adjunct professor of education and chief research scientist of the Inte...Read More

Milt Cox

Dr. Milton Cox

Dr. Cox is Director for Teaching Effectiveness at Miami University, where he founded and directed th...Read More


Dr. Mandla Makhanya

Professor Mandla Makhanya is a vice chancellor of the University of South Africa and the treasurer o...Read More


Dr. Jørgen Lerche Nielsen

Dr. Jørgen Lerche Nielsen is Associate Professor at Roskilde University in Denmark. Dr. Nielsen spe...Read More


Krassie Petrova

Editor-in-Chief Emerita of the International HETL Review (IHR); Senior Research Lecturer & Postg...Read More


Dr. Lorraine Stefani

Lorraine Stefani is Professor of Higher Education Strategic Engagement at the University of Auckland...Read More

Mauricio Vasquez

Dr. Mauricio Vásquez

Assistant Professor at University of Puerto Rico; expertise in Social Media, Web 2.0, assurance of l...Read More


Dr. Evon Walters

Executive Dean and Campus CEO at Suffolk County Community College...Read More


Dr. Linda Watts

Professor at University of Washington, Bothell. Her work has appeared in many publications such as W...Read More


Dr. Taisir Subhi Yamin

General Director, The International Centre for Innovation in Education (ICIE).Taisir Subhi-Yamin is...Read More

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