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UCI Extension director named; outreach to be expanded

Irvine, Calif., September 19, 1995

Philip Nowlen, dean of continuing education at the University of Virginia, has been named assistant executive vice chancellor for Continuing Education and director of University Extension and Summer Sessions at UCI, Chancellor Laurel Wilkening has announced. He will assume the post Oct. 1.

"Philip Nowlen's extensive knowledge and training in continuing education, as well as his experience in cultural and professional program development, will be a great asset to UCI's educational and community outreach activities," Wilkening said.

In his role as director of UCI Extension, Nowlen will oversee continuing education and summer academic program development and coordination. Currently, UCI Extension sustains 30,000 enrollments and provides more than 1,800 courses. Summer Session administers 300 undergraduate academic programs and enrolls more than 6,700 students annually.

"I am pleased that our search resulted in a candidate of Phil Nowlen's stature," said Executive Vice Chancellor Sidney Golub, to whom Nowlen will report. "His experience in the development of innovative programs, the use of educational technology and the marriage of campus academic programs with extension courses will be a great benefit to UCI."

Since 1988, Nowlen has served as dean of the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Virginia, where he planned and coordinated cultural and professional development opportunities including graduate degree programs, credit courses and non-credit conferences and seminars. The academic unit--the university's second largest--serves more than 50,000 people annually at eight regional centers and via interactive satellite television. Nowlen also serves as director of the Museum Management Institute for the J. Paul Getty Trust, which provides an executive development program for museum leaders worldwide.

Prior to UVA, Nowlen was executive director of Continuing Education at the University of Chicago.

"In inviting me to UCI, the university has made a choice about the future of continuing education," Nowlen said. "UCI wants a growing, self-supporting outreach effort with programs appropriate to a distinguished research institution--programs reflecting the increased participation of academic units and their faculty. UCI will emphasize service to Orange County but will reach out to appropriate national and international constituencies."

Nowlen was recommended for the position after a year- long search which began last summer.

"We are delighted that Phil Nowlen will be joining us at UCI this fall; he is highly regarded as an innovative leader in the field of continuing education," said Dan Stokols, dean of social ecology and chair of the search committee. "Our search committee was very favorably impressed by his outstanding academic and administrative credentials, and I look forward to working with him as a colleague at UCI."

Nowlen received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from St. John's College and his master's in theology from St. Paul's College in Washington D.C. He is the author of numerous books and papers including "A New Approach to Continuing Education for Business and the Professions," (American Council on Education/McMillan Publishing Company, 1988).

Nowlen is vice president of the National University Continuing Education Association and a member of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. He also serves as a board member of the Institute for Cooperation in Environmental Management and as research advisor for the National Institute for Architectural Education.


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