John Ebersole to Head Division of Continuing and Distance Education

Colorado State University’s new director of the Division of Continuing and Distance Education comes from the University of California-Berkeley with a firm belief in the importance of education at all stages of life.

John F. Ebersole, currently assistant dean and director of Strategic Initiatives at UC-Berkeley Extension, will begin his duties at Colorado State Sept. 1.

"John brings a wealth of both academic and business experience to this position," said Colorado State Provost David Young. "I am confident he will continue to ensure Continuing and Distance Education offers programs of the highest quality and applicability to an evermore demanding audience."

Ebersole was a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College in 1979. He earned a master’s of business administration in 1982 and a master’s of public administration in 1981 from John F. Kennedy University. He did post-graduate work at Harvard University’s Institute for the Management of Lifelong Learning in 1993.

"I firmly believe the unrelenting pace of change and the increasing complexity of professional life are creating a demand for continuing education and lifelong learning that is unprecedented," Ebersole said. "By focusing on the needs of the learner, embracing innovation, exploring new markets (at home and abroad) and departing from models that no longer serve, providers of continuing education can create a wealth of opportunity–both for the student and the providing institution."

Ebersole has served as chair of Continuing Education in Business and Management at the University of California-Berkeley, and as faculty member, associate dean and dean of the School of Management at John F. Kennedy University from 1984 to 1995.

In the non-academic area, he was principal consultant for the University Consulting Group in Lafayette, Calif., from 1989 to 1991 and executive vice president of Marsh and Company Investment Bankers of San Francisco, Calif., from 1983-1984.