Leadership

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 student success, and learn how our affiliation with the University of Arkansas System and the Academic Governance Council strengthens our overall mission. 

eVersity Leadership

Dr. Michael K. MooreDr. 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.

Dr. Michael K. MooreDr. 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.”

Dr. Michael K. MooreLinda Wilson
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.”


Dr. Michael K. MooreKim Bradford
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.”


Dr. Michael K. MooreJay Parker
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.”


Dr. Michael K. MooreKati Gordon
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.”


Dr. Michael K. MooreNate Hinkel
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 nhinkel@uasys.edu 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.” 


Dr. Michael K. MooreDan Shisler
Director of Marketing

Dan Shisler comes to eVersity with more than 19 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.  University of Arkansas System President University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees

Academic Governance Council

Representing 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 Chief Academic and Operating Officer of eVersity. Members include:

Robin Bryant Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas

Mary Devile University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute

Melanie Dillard University of Arkansas Community College at Hope

Bryan Fendley University of Arkansas at Monticello

Susan Hoffpauir University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service

Whitney Holden Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science and the Arts

Kent Layton University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Sederick Rice University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Julie Robinson University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

George Sabo University of Arkansas Archeological Survey

Latisha Settlage University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

Harold Shray University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Crystal Sims Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas

Tom Tudor University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Stephen Wallace University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton

Adam McKee University of Arkansas at Monticello

Michael Moore, Chair  University of Arkansas System