Bruce N. Chaloux
Tax-deductable donations in memory of Bruce N. Chaloux may be made to the Chaloux Family Scholarship Fund for Online Learning Leadership
Checks may be made out to:
Sloan-C, Chaloux Scholarship Fund
The Sloan Consortium, Inc.
Boston, MA 02284-2803
Monday, September 30, 2013
FROM MEG BENKE, PRESIDENT, THE SLOAN CONSORTIUM
It is with great sadness that we share notice of the death of Dr. Bruce N. Chaloux, CEO and Executive Director of the Sloan Consortium. His wife Barbara and family have shared the news that Bruce died suddenly this weekend while visiting family in Vermont. Bruce’s family will have a private ceremony in Atlanta and the Sloan Consortium will co-host a memorial at our national conference in Orlando the week of November 18.
It is impossible to adequately put into words what Bruce Chaloux meant personally and professionally to each of us. He was more than the energetic CEO of our consortium; he was our good-humored, kind and generous friend. He was an optimistic and dedicated leader who spent his last days doing what he loved: pushing hard for online and adult learning opportunities here and around the world. His accomplishments are many, his networks extensive, and his unfinished business is still at hand.
Bruce led Sloan-C, an international organization dedicated to the growth, expansion and integration of online learning into the mainstream of higher education. In 2010, Bruce was named to the Inaugural Sloan-C Fellows. Bruce has also been engaged and recognized by other professional associations for his advocacy work. Most recently this year, Bruce was honored by the NUTN advisory board with their highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. I am both pleased and saddened to share that he was to have been inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame as they meet jointly with Sloan-C at the November conference in Orlando. The award will now be conferred posthumously.
Previous to serving as CEO of the Sloan Consortium, Bruce served for fourteen years as the Director of Student Access Programs at the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) where he founded and oversaw SREB’s sixteen state Electronic Campus which now includes 2000 degree programs from 300 colleges. During this period he was on the board of Sloan-C and became the organization's second president. His efforts to coordinate the Sloan Semester, an initiative to serve learners impacted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 demonstrated the potential of online learning and were a highlight of his career. Bruce also led extended campus programs at Virginia Tech.
Bruce is known for his significant achievements in impacting policy to promote online and lifelong learning. Bruce has been a leading advocate for practitioners to have impact on state, regional and national problems and issues and has led engagement with our communities. Bruce has continued advocacy for online learning, most recently contributing at the national level to enhance reciprocity between states for online learning, having recently been named to a national commission for implementation.
Bruce lived his life enthusiastically and fully. His engaging spirit endeared him to everyone he met. His quick wit, smile and genuine interest in people won over all who he met. Bruce leaves a huge hole in the many organizations and relationships he served, and he will be dearly missed. In order to honor Bruce’s legacy, let us agree that “there will be no end to the good Bruce Chaloux has done!” As Bruce would enjoin, “there is much to be done!” and we can keep that spirit alive!
I have asked Dr. Kathleen Ives to serve as Acting CEO and Executive Director. She has accepted and the Board will take actions to assure that we carry-on the work and vision of Bruce Chaloux.
As many know, Bruce was particularly enthusiastic and committed to helping to build and develop the next generation of online education leaders. He was instrumental in launching the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning. Bruce’s commitment to building the next “cadre of leaders in online learning” was a passion and vision he was deeply committed to. The Chaloux family has asked that anyone interested in recognizing Bruce’s life’s work and contribution contribute to a scholarship to support learners in this program.
Stories and memories of Bruce are being collected and organized by Mary Larson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please consider sharing a special recollection that honors his spirit and life’s work with our community.
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