Gogebic Community College

Press Release - June 3, 2013

President elected to Michigan Virtual University Board

Gogebic Community College President, James Lorenson, was elected to serve a three-year term on The Michigan Virtual University (MVU)® Board of Directors at its April 19 meeting – Lorenson, along with two other new members.

The three new members expressed significant interest in the work of MVU to serve Michigan’s K-12 community with quality online educational services and welcome the opportunity to serve on the MVU Board. The MVU Board consists of members representing business, education and state government.

The MVU Board is made up of unpaid volunteers who provide governance for MVU as a nonprofit organization, including financial oversight, strategic planning and evaluation, as well as advisory and advocacy support.

Other new members joining Lorenson are Gretchen Dziadosz, Executive Director of the Michigan Education Association and Kevin Oxley, Superintendent of Jackson County Intermediate School District.

“The Board has added three highly respected leaders from the education sector to serve three-year terms. James, Gretchen and Kevin all share a passion for quality teaching and recognize the potential of online delivery models to strengthen our system,” said Jamey Fitzpatrick, MVU President and CEO. We are excited to have them join the MVU Board during this period of rapid change in K-12 education.”

Lorenson has served as the President of Gogebic Community College since 2006. He is the Executive and Administrative Officer of the college which has approximately 1,500 students. Previously, Jim served as the Dean of Instruction at GCC and was responsible for the planning, organizing, implementation and administration of the college’s educational programs. During the last 20 years, he has served in other roles at the college, including Community/Industry Coordinator, Director of Institutional Advancement, Director of Community Services & Continuing Education, Director of Off-Campus and On-Line Programs, and Director of Extended Programs and College Facilities.

MVU is a private, nonprofit Michigan corporation established by the State of Michigan in 1998 to serve as a champion for online learning. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual School®, Michigan LearnPort®, and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute™. Visit mivu.org for more information.