The ACGE Board of Directors

Dr. Thomas J. Gustafson

Tom Gustafson

After receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from SUNY College at Geneseo, NY in 1975, Thomas Gustafson went on to earn his Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. From 1976 to 1978, he served as a Residence Hall Director at State University College, Oswego, NY.

In 1978, he began his illustrious career at the University of Vermont, Burlington, where he currently serves as the Vice President for Student and Campus Life. In 1991, he earned his Doctor of Education from The University of Vermont, Burlington. Dr. Gustafson is responsible for leadership and oversight of significant operations and programs affecting the safety, well-being, and quality of life of students and employees, as well as the image and reputation of the University. His supervisory authority includes Athletics, Communications, Police Services, and the full spectrum of Student Affairs functions.



Dr. James Pappas

Dr. James Pappas serves as Vice President for University Outreach, Dean of the College of Liberal Studies and Professor of Educational Psychology and Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to Oklahoma, he served as Associate Dean of Liberal Education, Associate Dean of the Division of Continuing Education, Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of Academic Counseling at the University of Utah. He also has worked as a psychologist with the Veterans Administration, a faculty member at Indiana University, and an assessment officer with the Peace Corps.

Dr. Pappas has responsibility for a continuing education enterprise with a $100 million annual budget, including many major grant and contract activities. Among these are a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education to administer the five-state Southwest Regional Comprehensive Center, the National Resource Center for Youth Services, the Economic Development Institute, management training for numerous businesses and industries, and executive training for the Postal Service. His visionary leadership brought the college to international prominence as a pacesetter in lifelong learning, through such program initiatives as graduate military programs in Europe, a satellite training network with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, and international USAID programs.

He has extensively presented and written about adult education, counseling, and other higher education administration topics, including a manual on promotional techniques and practices for adult students, proceedings of a major national conference on university-based residential continuing education for the 21st century, and a monograph on the role of the university in outreach and economic development.

Dr. James H. Ryan

When Dr. James H. Ryan, vice president for Outreach and Cooperative Extension (O&CE), retired, he brought to a close a 22-year career with Penn State, the last 13 years as head of the University’s unified outreach unit, the largest in American higher education. Dr. Ryan came to Penn State in 1981 as campus executive officer at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Previously, he served as director of the Division of Continuing Studies and dean of the Evening College and associate professor at Indiana University at South Bend from 1974 to 1981. He also held administrative and faculty positions at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1964 to 1974.

Ryan has made numerous presentations at national and international conferences and is the author and editor of many book chapters and articles. He has held many leadership positions in higher education, Pennsylvania and community organizations. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Service and Outreach and Affiliations, is a member of the International Council for Distance Education and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. He has been active with the United Way and served on the board of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.

Among the many recognitions and acknowledgments he has received is the International Futures Award for Exceptional Innovative Leadership in Continuing Higher Education from the University Continuing Education Association.

Dr. Edward S. Twardy

Ed Twardy

Dr. Ed Twardy conceived and helped to found a Vermont non-profit corporation, the Academic Consortium for Global Education (ACGE, Inc.) that utilizes highly specialized talent from universities and companies across the country to provide research, training and program development to governmental agencies and American corporations.

Prior to the inception of ACGE, Dr. Twardy earned tenure in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska, Omaha; served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Virginia and, taught graduate courses in Public Management while directing the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Vermont for thirteen years.

Dr. Twardy earned his B.A. Degree in Political Science from Trenton State College, his M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in Government, also from the University of Virginia. He served on active duty in the Navy for 20 years until retiring in 1976. He has been instrumental in establishing relationships with the Departments of the Navy and the Army to advance the application of American university intellectual assets to build solutions for American government and industry.