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Barbara Gellman-Danley, President, Higher Learning Commission

HLC President Provides Inspiration at the 2017 Annual Conference

President Gellman-Danley’s welcome address, opening the General Program of the annual conference, provides some lyrical inspiration regarding member institutions’ role in the higher education community.  View the three-minute video or download the text of the finale of her address. 

Gellman Danley BarbaraBarbara Gellman-Danley assumed the presidency of the Higher Learning Commission on July 7, 2014. She succeeded former Commission president Sylvia Manning, who served from 2008 until her retirement in 2014.

“It will be an honor to serve the Higher Learning Commission as president, the institutions in the region and the most important stakeholder – the students. I embrace the accreditor’s role in quality assurance and the emerging focus on outcomes-based assessment,” said Gellman-Danley upon her appointment. “This includes a respect for the peer review process and the important issues raised by the public and our congressional leaders on accreditation. We can all work collaboratively to assure the United States is a leader in higher education through all sectors of the academy.”

Prior to joining the Commission, Dr. Gellman-Danley was the president of University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College from 2009-2014. She has also served as a vice chancellor at the Ohio Board of Regents, president at Antioch University McGregor, vice president at Monroe Community College, and vice chancellor at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Her past involvement with the Commission includes serving as a peer reviewer for 10 years.

Dr. Gellman-Danley holds a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University, a Master of Library Science from Simmons College, a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University, and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Oklahoma. She also did post-graduate work at New York University and earned continuing education from Cornell University, Harvard University and the University of Chicago.