From the ground up, we have designed eVersity with students in mind. Our programs of study are affordable, accessible, and prepare students to advance in many of the most vibrant industries in our economy. Get to know the Executive Leaders devoted to students' success, and learn how our affiliation with the University of Arkansas System and the Academic Governance Council strengthens our overall mission.
Dr. Michael K. Moore
Chief Academic and Operating Officer
Dr. Michael K. Moore, who is leading the UA System’s eVersity charge, is an award-winning distance education professor and a recognized leader of online programs. He has extensive experience in building, launching, and managing innovative online degree programs that have won numerous national awards and recognition. Moore’s driving passion is to broaden access to high-quality, affordable education opportunities supported by a strong learner-centered support model that recognizes the unique needs of each student. As a first-generation college student, he appreciates the transformative power of a college education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washburn University and a master’s and doctorate in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before joining eVersity, he served as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Texas at Arlington for 20 years.
“Where you live and your life circumstances should not determine whether or not you have access to fulfilling your educational dreams. It is my goal, and the mission of eVersity, to make higher education a reality to anybody who makes the decision to earn a degree.”
Dr. Harriet E. Watkins
Director of Online Learning
Dr. Harriet E. Watkins previously worked at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). As manager of academic partnerships at UTA, she oversaw the logistics and implementation of distance education programs with contracted vendors in the Division of Digital Teaching and Learning. She previously served as manager of instructional design at the Center for Distance Education at UTA. Watkins earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Group and Interpersonal Communication from Trinity International University and a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from American Intercontinental University. She received her doctorate from Regent University in distance education.
“Welcome to eVersity. As director of online learning, I am responsible for building a core team of instructional designers to develop innovative online courses and faculty development programs. My job is to ensure that we have engaging courses that bring real-world relevance to our students, and to make the tough choice of coming back to school a rewarding experience.”
Director of Student Onboarding and Records
Tammy Harrison worked at Indiana University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock prior to serving students at eVersity. She completed an online degree herself where she experienced the challenges of balancing a full-time job while taking classes and being a mom. Her goal is to build a simpler admission process that welcomes each student back to school and prepares them to actively plan for the full cost associated with obtaining their degree. Tammy will also focus on ensuring the value of students' investment and hard work by automatically awarding degrees once all requirements are met. Tammy is energized to be part of this innovative effort and can't wait to see students succeed.
“Thanks for checking out eVersity. As director of student on-boarding and records, my focus is on helping students gain access to education and informing them of their options to afford the opportunity. Throughout 25 years of working with students, I’ve experienced firsthand how education changes lives and look forward to helping you improve yours.”
Director of the Student Experience
Linda Wilson is the Director of the Student Experience for eVersity. The Student Experience team is responsible for academic advising, career services and other student-support and student-success efforts. She holds a Master’s in Applied Economics from Texas A&M University and has more than 20 years of experience in higher education. Prior to coming to eVersity, Linda served as director of the Undergraduate Advising Center for the College of Business and the Career Development Center, and the assistant provost at the University of Texas at Arlington. Linda came to eVersity because she is passionate about helping students reach their educational goals. As part of the eVersity leadership team, Linda is focused on developing programs and strategies that are designed to meet the specific needs of online students and promote their success.
“With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, I know the value of a streamlined approach to building relationships with students. Most of the time, offering the right support is the key to student success. I’m dedicated to helping eVersity rethink the way higher education supports students."
Director of Institutional Assurance
As the leader of accreditation and regulatory compliance, Kim Bradford shepherds eVersity’s mission, vision, core values and objectives through continual alignment of processes based on the institution’s quality assurance framework. A seasoned administrator with a broad background in public and private higher education spanning 35 years, Kim ensures that quality indicators from all areas are used to guide institutional response and innovations for student success. Holding degrees in education from two University of Arkansas System institutions, Kim began her career at a private career college where she led the institution through the regional accreditation process, making it the first private career institution in the state and the seventh in the region to earn this accreditation status. She later became president of the institution and was recognized as the first female and youngest college president in the state. Kim has served national and regional accrediting bodies as a peer reviewer. Her work at eVersity will pave the way to expand flexible, degree program options with personalized support to more students who need a college degree or credential.
“Being a part of a higher ed start-up at this stage in my career is a dream come true. I’m able to put to use all of the things I’ve learned over the years and focus them on the most important part of the equation – the students.”
Director of Technology
Jay Parker is an information technology professional with more than 20 years of experience. His career has included IT leadership positions at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Mississippi State University, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in computer engineering. Outside of higher education, he has also worked at a Wall Street investment bank as a professional services consultant for Red Hat, one of the world's leading open-source software companies. At eVersity, Jay is the middleman between staff and the technology companies that run the student records, email and online learning systems. He listens to the vision the other directors have for making college accessible and attainable in Arkansas and helps design the technical solutions that enable them to turn that vision into reality. On a daily basis, he's a technology "jack of all trades," helping the eVersity staff deal with the unique challenges of running a 100 percent-online university that is entirely cloud-hosted.
“My goal for our team is to make sure our students can focus on their education instead of the tools that deliver it. My favorite part of working in IT is helping people who think they're 'not technical' understand how computers and networks work by coming up with creative ways to explain technology concepts simply.”
Director of Analytics and Learning Assurance
As a learning and academic analyst at eVersity, Kati Gordon will be drawing from her extensive background and education in online learning to provide students with an engaging and challenging environment. She studied Political Science at the University of Calgary and before obtaining an MS in International Studies at Oklahoma State University, and a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from the University of Oklahoma. Kati then joined the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) as an instructional designer. Using research, best practices and learning analytics, Kati helped guide the development of online courses to optimize student success. Having gained a thorough understanding of what it takes to support students and faculty in the online environment, Kati took on a leadership position at the UALR as the Director of Scholarly Technology and Resources. During her time as director, she collaborated with units across the institution on student retention efforts and assisted with the development of resources to better support the online student.
“Education is the key to overcoming many of today’s challenges. I’m a strong believer in the use of technology to facilitate knowledge, and I’m very excited to be a part of the eVersity team to help move education forward in Arkansas.”
Director of Employer Relations and Community Outreach
Christopher Dickie serves as the director of employer relations and community outreach at eVersity. His role is to promote and foster relationships with employers and to share the eVersity message with Arkansans who are looking to rekindle their educational journey. Christopher has many years of experience in enrollment, counseling and career services, where he was able to assist students with achieving their educational goals from inquiry to post graduation. He holds a degree from Arkansas Tech University that was earned online. Dickie is currently enrolled in a 75 percent-online degree program at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
“My life and career has benefitted greatly from online learning, and I am passionate about reaching out to the community and employers to help make eVersity as accessible and beneficial as possible.”
Director of Communications
As director of communications for the University of Arkansas System and eVersity, Nate has been a part of helping craft eVersity’s message from the early planning stages through its launch in September 2015. From his early days as a reporter and editor at several newspapers and magazines, through his many years spent in the Office of Communications and Marketing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Nate will draw on all of those previous experiences to help communicate “The eVersity Difference.”
If you’re looking for someone to help point you in the right direction, to help navigate your eVersity experience, feel free to start with Nate by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 686-2951.
“It’s a privilege to have been part of the process of watching eVersity grow out of a planning phase into reality. The most rewarding part now is communicating the difference eVersity makes in students’ lives and letting others know that this opportunity exists and was created to help them.”
Director of Marketing
Dan Shisler comes to eVersity with more than 18 years of experience in the area of communications, digital marketing and analytics. In his prior position within the UA System at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), Dan led the oversight of the institution's website redesign and directed several of its innovative digital enhancements. Dan brings a positive, entrepreneurial and innovative spirit to the eVersity team and its goal of identifying the more than 356,000 Arkansans with some college and no degree.
"My journey to complete my education has been anything but traditional. Even now as father and husband I continue to seek knowledge and credentials to help me grow as a person as well as advance my career. This is is why I believe that eVersity can provide that avenue for other students and working parents such as myself to complete something important on their journey that may have started long ago."
University of Arkansas System
Comprised of a diverse body of educational institutions, the University of Arkansas System provides communities in Arkansas with access to academic and professional opportunities. Enrolling more than 60,000 students and employing over 17,000 employees, the individual entities of the UA System maintain cooperative strength as well as diverse offerings that exhibit unmatched economic and social impact to the state. The newest member of the University of Arkansas System, eVersity was established by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees in March 2014.
Academic Governance Council
Representing more than 15 educational institutions and organizations in the University of Arkansas System, the purpose of the Academic Governance Council (AGC) is to develop, review, and recommend academic policies, procedures, and curriculum related to the operation of eVersity. The AGC is advisory to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and represents the institutional interest of eVersity and its students. Members include:
University of Arkansas Community College at Hope
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute
University of Arkansas at Monticello
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science and the Arts
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
University of Arkansas Archeological Survey
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
University of Arkansas at Monticello
University of Arkansas System