Developing high-quality online programs with embedded skills and industry credentials
  • Jon Harbor

    Provost of Purdue University Global

    Jon Harbor serves as Provost for Purdue University Global, USA, the Purdue University system’s fully online university serving adult learners. Previously, he served as provost for the University of Montana and as executive director of digital education and associate vice president for teaching and learning at Purdue University’s residential campus. Harbor champions teaching excellence and the expansion of quality online education to meet the needs of diverse learners. He is experienced in designing processes that help academic organizations develop and implement novel strategies for success, with a focus on access, innovation, and excellence. Harbor was educated at Cambridge University (BA), the University of Colorado (MA), and the University of Washington (PhD) and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Stockholm University.
  • Lisa Wallace

    Executive Director of Curriculum at Purdue University Global

    As the Executive Director of Curriculum at Purdue University Global, Dr. Lisa Wallace has over 27 years of higher education administration and teaching experience. She has also served as a Dean, Program Director, Department Chair, and tenured Associate Professor. She has extensive experience in program development, curriculum development, faculty development, and instructional design. She continues to serve as a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission; she has been in the role for over 16 years.
  • Jody DeKorte

    Dean of General Education at Purdue University Global

    Jody DeKorte has over 20 years of teaching and education leadership and is the dean and vice president of the School of General Education (SoGE). The SoGE provides instruction in composition, mathematics, social science, science, and humanities. The SoGE also offers two professional studies programs: The Associate of Science in Professional Studies and the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies. In addition, Dekorte oversees another modality of learning through the Alternative Credit Center with open online courses, credit for work and life experiences, military training, and Assessments of Skills and Knowledge. DeKorte also oversees the Professional Competencies and General Educational Literacies integrated across the curriculum to ensure student skills are learned through repeated practice and study throughout programs. DeKorte holds a Ph.D. in education and human resource studies from Colorado State University and a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado. DeKorte’s research interests include faculty performance, trends in general education, and online learning leadership.
  • Jen Lasater

    Vice President of Employer and Career Sevices at Purdue University Global

    As vice president of Employer and Career Services, Jennifer manages a team of 40+ staff at Purdue University Global, collaborating with employers, academics, and students to ensure successful graduate outcomes. Before joining Purdue Global, Jennifer held various roles in Career Services and has a background in recruiting and staffing. Jennifer holds an MA Ed in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, a BS in Speech Communication from Illinois State University, and most recently completed a Certificate in Executive Management from the University of Notre Dame. Jennifer is considered a national expert in Career Services and has been quoted for career-related articles in US News and World Report, Fast Company, CNBC, and The Chicago Tribune. Jennifer is an active member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), was nominated and elected to various roles on the Board of Directors, and is the current President of NACE. Jennifer also has attained the Certified Fellow Manager (CMF) certification from the Institute of Career Certification International.
  • Jeff Buck

    Dean of Business and Information Technology at Purdue University Global

    As dean and vice president at Purdue University Global, Dr. Jeffrey Buck brings more than 25 years of teaching and higher education administration experience to his role. In addition to earning tenure as a faculty member, Buck has served at the director, dean and executive levels in higher education, primarily overseeing non-traditional and online programs. He has led the development and implementation of several academic programs to include online MBA programs, a post-and pre-MBA certification, a concurrent Master of Science in Technology and MBA program, a joint MSN/MBA degree program, and a Filipino nursing MBA program. Under his leadership, multiple programs have attained specialized program accreditations and achieved record levels of enrollment. Buck is active with the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Buck is an ACBSP accreditation site reviewer, he has held numerous leadership positions with ACBSP, and has served as the chair for the ACBSP Great Lakes Region Executive Board.
  • Minki Kim

    Associate Professor at KAIST College of Business

    Dr. Minki Kim is an Associate Professor at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He joined KAIST College of Business after receiving his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 2011. Having been trained as an empirical IO (industrial organization) economist with a keen interest in big data analytics, he has research interests in the changing nature of innovation (e.g., mobile technologies, AI-mediated communication) and its strategic use in the market.

    He has been communicating and working with scientists and engineers through research projects interconnected in terms of data sources and empirical methodology and therefore he naturally paid attention to collaboration and task delegation between human workers and artificial intelligence (AI) agents as well as their effect on market outcome. Over the past few years, in particular, he has collaborated with EdTech firms which introduced technology-based services aimed at shifting the educational landscape. Specifically, he has investigated whether AI can transform the teacher’s role by delivering personalized learning and reading to each individual student. He finds that technology overload could undermine teachers’ effective use of such AI-based program despite its highly accurate diagnostic ability and ready availability. From an additional randomized controlled trial utilizing the AI-based tutoring service, he finds that tasks involving direct interaction with students may not be effectively delegated to AI because of teachers’ underestimation of the AI agent’s competence. Because teachers insufficiently delegate such tasks, however, students’ functional needs (i.e., test scores) are incompletely satisfied. On the other hand, delegation of such tasks to AI agents, which are relatively less capable of satisfying students’ emotional needs (i.e., human touch), can reduce students’ satisfaction. This shows the importance of building emotional connections and relationships with students who directly face AI-mediated communications.

    His research works have been acclaimed in several disciplines, and he has had twenty-seven papers published in peer-reviewed journals.


    Ph.D., M.A. in Economics, The University of Chicago, U.S.A.

    B.A. in Economics, Seoul National University, Korea