Dr. Darcy W. Hardy is Associate Vice President for Enterprise Consulting at Blackboard Inc. In this role, she leads a team of nationally-recognized experts in higher education, K-12, e-learning and distance education, information technology, open source technologies, outcomes and assessment, and analytics. The practice works with colleges, universities, systems and other higher education and K-12 organizations as they design, develop and grow their educational programs, and provides expertise in driving transformation and managing institutional change.
Prior to her position with Blackboard, Dr. Hardy spent over 25 years in public higher education, most recently serving as Assistant Vice Provost for Technology Education Initiatives at the University of Texas at San Antonio. During her tenure with UTSA, she completed a two-year (January 2011-December 2012) Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) appointment at the US Department of Labor, where her work primarily focused on the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, and the use of online and technology-enhanced education to reach adults and the workforce. She also completed a one-year IPA appointment with the Office of Adult and Vocational Education (OVAE) at the US Department of Education in Washington, DC in 2013, where she provided expertise and guidance in the area of online higher education and the opportunity it provides to low-skilled and other adult workers, while continuing her work with the TAACCCT grant program at the Department of Labor.
From 1997 to 2010, Dr. Hardy served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas System and Executive Director of the UT TeleCampus. The award-winning UT TeleCampus partnered with all 15 UT universities and health institutions to offer over 30 fully online programs, seeing approximately 20,000 enrollments annually. Under her direction, the UT TeleCampus was honored with dozens of state, regional and national awards from such organizations as USDLA, UCEA, TxDLA, WCET and the International Association of Business Communicators for courses, programming, communications, and faculty excellence. The UT TeleCampus was (and continues to be) recognized nationally as a model and benchmark for multi-campus, collaborative online education.
Dr. Hardy received her PhD in Instructional Technology from The
University of Texas at Austin in 1992. She was a founding member and is past
president of the Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA). Currently, she
serves as Chair Emerita with the United States Distance Learning Association
(USDLA), where she has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1999 and
served as president in 2004/2005. She is the founder of the popular
USDLA-sponsored International Forum for Women in E-Learning (IFWE), an event
that focuses on issues faced by women in the industry as well as on the
importance of networking and mentoring in the growth of women leaders for
Dr. Hardy was inducted into the USDLA Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the Mildred and Charles Wedemeyer Outstanding Distance Learning Practitioner Award in Madison, Wisconsin in 2006. In addition, she was inducted into the Texas Distance Learning Association Hall of Fame in 2006, and received the WCET Richard Jonsen award in 2005. One of her most recent publications was a chapter in the book, Harnessing Innovation Technologies, which was chosen for the 2009 AERA Outstanding Research Publication Award sponsored by Division I. Another publication, Dancing on the Glass Ceiling: Women, Leadership and Technology, which she co-edited with Dr. Don Olcott, received the 2005 Charles Wedemeyer Publication Award from the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA). She served as the Interviews Editor for The American Journal of Distance Education from 2005 until August 2009.
Dr. Hardy has served and continues to serve on various editorial and advisory boards and has delivered hundreds of presentations, keynotes and workshops on distance education, online learning and leadership. She and her husband have two daughters, both of whom graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. She and Rick, their dog Dixie, and their cat, Norma Jean, reside in the lovely Texas Hill Country city of San Marcos.