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Online Strategy and Programs team organizational updates

August 31, 2021

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As we turn the page to fall, we continue to underpin our academic support structures to enable the success of our students and faculty. Below are a few organizational updates on the Online Strategy and Programs team that will continue to support the institution while advancing critical university-wide initiatives.

Online Operations

Sarah Dampier has a new title Director of Academic Operations to more fully acknowledge her expanded role in continuing to provide program operations leadership across the university. Additionally, the new title recognizes her expanded high school program responsibilities and leadership of the PACC and Catholic Virtual Academy in partnership with Associate Director Denise Sharrock-Mueller.

Instructional Technology 

Abram Hedtke has an expanded role of Director of Instructional Technology across the university and has welcomed two new team members in the last couple of weeks. Please welcome both Jared Oxborrow (housed in Winona) and Garey Gill (housed in Minneapolis), who will join Matt Isiah and Spencer Wanlass, bringing us to 4 Instructional Technologists serving the university’s continued advancement of our Canvas LMS efforts and lending instructional technology support institution-wide.


Carrie Wandler has been appointed to serve as our Interim Director of CELT and Manager of Online Learning Product Development. Carrie will continue to build on the great traction she has made since joining the university last year leading our Digital Badging initiative. With an Ed.D. in Postsecondary Education, Teaching, and Learning, Carrie will leverage her teaching experience at Boston University and Harvard Extension, along with her academic Program Leadership roles at Colorado Technical University and Argosy University to help us continue to advance our Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching supporting faculty across the institution.

We are grateful for the many contributions this team has made over this past year and look forward to continuing to partner across the institution to support the fall start and advance Saint Mary’s mission and strategic plan in the coming year.