Mary Lou Forward

Executive Director
Location: Vermont, United States

Mary Lou Forward is the Executive Director of the Open Education Consortium, providing leadership for the organization’s efforts to advance open education’s role in improving higher education and people’s access to it.  Prior to joining the Consortium, she served as Dean of African Studies for SIT Study Abroad.  In that role, she provided academic and strategic leadership for 29 programs across the African continent, leading SIT’s incorporation of technology and distance learning in international programming and developing innovative opportunities to collaborate across countries and between diverse student groups.  Prior to that position, Mary Lou served as Academic Director for undergraduate programs in Madagascar, focused on Environmental Studies and Cultural Geography.  She has also worked on community-based development in Africa, with an emphasis on the incorporation of appropriate technologies and sustainable resources in small-scale enterprise development.