KEYSER - Jennifer Orlikoff, Ph.D., president of West Virginia University's Potomac State College, is pleased to announce that Gregory Ochoa, Ed.D., who serves as dean in the office of Academic Affairs, has been selected to participate in the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO) Digital Fellows Program.

KEYSER - Jennifer Orlikoff, Ph.D., president of West Virginia University’s Potomac State College, is pleased to announce that Gregory Ochoa, Ed.D., who serves as dean in the office of Academic Affairs, has been selected to participate in the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO) Digital Fellows Program. 
Supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the ACAO Digital Fellows Program is designed to provide provosts and chief academic officers (CAOs) with critical information, effective resources, and tested strategies to help CAOs and their faculty understand and adopt high-quality digital courseware.
“Being accepted into this prestigious program presents an incredible opportunity for Dr. Ochoa and for Potomac State College students.  By providing access to digital coursework, this student-centered initiative will enrich their learning experiences while enhancing the quality and effectiveness of our Academic Affairs Unit,” stated President Orlikoff. 
The ACAO Fellowship Program will curate a rich, public archive of resources on digital learning and related issues to serve the community of CAOs who want to leverage digital curricular materials to foster student engagement and enhance student learning at their institutions. The goal of this project is to explore ways to use digital technology to increase retention and graduation rates, especially among at-risk students.
“We were delighted with the response from the CAO community to the fellowship opportunity,” said Laura Niesen de Abruna, principal investigator for the ACAO Digital Fellows Program and provost at York College of Pennsylvania.  “The 32 men and women selected as ACAO Digital Fellows represent a wide variety of campuses and bring a rich portfolio of personal and professorial experience and expertise to this initiative.” 
The year-long fellowship opportunity also includes four meetings of the fellowship recipients for workshops on digital learning.  Furthermore, the Gates Foundation grant will include support for individual campus projects focused on digital learning.
Dr. Ochoa has more than 18 years of administrative experience in higher education.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Creighton University, his master’s degree in psychology at West Virginia Graduate College (Marshall University), and his Ed.D. in an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program at Duquesne University.  He joined Potomac State College in July 2016.