The University of Arkansas has named Donald Judges as vice provost for distance education and leader of the Global Campus, the UA announced Monday (July 17).
Judges officially took on the position July 1, though he served as interim in both roles since April 2016.
He and has been part of the Global Campus leadership team since May 2015 and has been on the UA School of Law faculty since 1989. He will continue to be a faculty member at the law school, according to the UA.
“Don Judges has been doing an outstanding job as interim vice provost for Global Campus, and I am excited that he will continue his efforts in the permanent role,” Jim Coleman, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, said in a press release.
“The role of online education is becoming an increasingly vital part of the University of Arkansas’ ability to reach and teach people all across our state and beyond,” Coleman said.
Online enrollment has been up over the last year, and new courses and programs have been added, according to the release.
“I am so proud to be part of a phenomenal team that continues to climb in all major areas,” Judges said in the release. “And I’m excited about what we will achieve in the next year to support the campus in its efforts to keep pace with student expectations and needs.”
Judges first connected with the Global Campus in 2013, when the School of Law initiated an online track of its Master of Laws degree program in agricultural and food law, according to the press release. Judges served as an adviser to the Global Campus until he was appointed interim associate vice provost for distance education in 2015.
“I think that’s why I am such a big proponent for academic colleges to use Global Campus services,” Judges said in the release. “I know how Global Campus helped me and my school when we needed it.”
Judges earned his juris doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1983 and his doctorate in psychology from the University of Tulsa in 1999. He held the E.J. Ball Professor of Law chair from 2005 to 2017 and the Ben J. Altheimer Professor of Legal Advocacy chair from 2000 to 2005.