EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Interim Chief Executive Officer - Florida Virtual Campus
Bob Dugan is the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Virtual Campus. He has been a public library director, head of library development, state librarian, and a library director/dean in both private and public higher education institutions during the past 45 years. His formal instruction responsibilities have included both master's and doctoral students. He has co-authored 15 books on topics including government information policy, applying data to inform decision making, evaluation and outcome assessment, service quality, and financial management, mostly related to libraries. He is Dean Emeritus of Libraries at the University of West Florida.
John Opper, Jr., Ph.D.,
Executive Director - Distance Learning & Student Services
As Executive Director for Distance Learning and Student Services for the Florida Virtual Campus, Dr. Opper oversees the operation of the distance learning and student support services offered through the Florida Virtual Campus. Dr. Opper interacts regularly with state policymakers, education leaders, community agencies, educational entities, and industry regarding issues pertaining to technology and education, and participates in creating statewide distance learning policy and programs affecting Florida's schools, colleges, and universities. Dr. Opper has 13 years of experience working for the Postsecondary Education Planning Commission as a Policy Analyst and Director. He served as Executive Director of the Florida Distance Learning Consortium for 12 years until its merger with the Florida Virtual Campus in 2012. He has authored policy studies and recommendations in the area of undergraduate education, academic libraries, funding policy and educational technology. In addition, he has served on a variety of state, regional and national workgroups and boards. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University, a Masters in Education from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D from Florida State University.
Executive Director - Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative
Elijah is the Executive Director for the Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative (FALSC), based in the Tallahassee office of the Florida Virtual Campus. Prior to joining FALSC in 2016, Elijah was the Dean for Libraries, College Testing, and Curriculum Innovation at Georgia Highlands College. Elijah has worked in college and university libraries for over 20 years, including positions in technical services, cataloging, and reference and instruction. Throughout the course of his career, Elijah has placed an emphasis on providing exceptional customer service to students, faculty, and staff. Elijah holds degrees from Cumberland College (B.A.), the University of Tennessee (M.S.), Georgia College & State University (M.A.), and the University of Georgia (Ed.S).