Lisa LaVigna

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Lisa LaVigna is the executive director of Outreach and Access at Excelsior College, a nonprofitLaVigna Head shot regionally accredited distance learning institution that helps working adults complete a degree or certificate. Lisa has spent over 20 years building strong, mutually rewarding partnerships with both academic institutions and corporate/association partners. Her previous experience includes working with adult learners seeking new skills and/or Information Technology certifications at New Horizons Computer Learning Center. Lisa has a BS in Public Administration from the State University of New York in Albany and a MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Management in Community College Administration from University of Maryland’s University College.


  • Business Administration
  • Information Technology
  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
  • Workforce Development
  • Adult Education
  • Transfer Programs
  • Competency Based Education
  • Open Educational Resources/MOOCS


  • Doctor of Management in Community College Administration, University of Maryland (expected 2018)
  • Master of Business Administration, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, State University of New York in Albany

Selected Presentations & Webinars

  • Competency Based Education: Design and Deliver! (AACC 2016, Innovations 2016)
  • Why CBE, Why Now?  (Digital Now, 2015)
  • Effective Workforce Partnerships (CAEL 2014)
  • Student Support Services: Transitioning from Community College to Distance Learning Institutions (Innovations, 2014)
  • Solving the MOOC-for-Credit Conundrum: Excelsior College and CAEL’s Model (CAEL, 2014)
  • The Crumbling Rock Climbing Wall: Why it is essential to attract and retain the Adult Learner (CAEL 2014)

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Community College Baccalaureate Association Board Member (2016 – present)
  • Galway Lake By-Law Committee (2011 – 2013)
  • Guilderland High School Girls Soccer Booster Club (2010 – 2014)
  • Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce (2008 – 2014)
  • Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Council (2008 – 2014)
  • CD Select Volleyball: Concession Stand Coordinator (2006 – 2008)
  • Guilderland Soccer Club Team Manager/Uniform Coordinator (2003 – 2009)
  • CATA – Capital Area Technology Association