Donna Petherbridge Named Vice Provost for DELTA

Donna Petherbridge

Donna Petherbridge, interim vice provost for Digital Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA), has been named permanent vice provost for DELTA, effective January 1. Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Warwick Arden made the appointment. This position now reports to the senior vice provost for instructional programs, where Courtney Thornton is currently serving in an interim role.

Petherbridge previously served as associate vice provost for academic technology innovation, a role she held since July 2017. She has been an associate vice provost since 2007, and has been a part of DELTA since its creation in 2000.

“Donna’s commitment to excellence and innovation is reflected through her decades of service to DELTA, and I am excited to see how she will continue to lead DELTA in achieving its mission and vision,” said Arden. “The NC State community will benefit greatly from her leadership, which will help us raise the bar for digital technology education.”

At DELTA, Petherbridge leads a team of training, instructional design, media production, applications support and applications development specialists in researching, applying, and supporting innovative instructional technologies and pedagogies. As vice provost, she will be responsible for fostering the integration and support of digital learning in NC State’s academic programs, support online and distance education programs at the university, and lead DELTA’s strategic growth as it seeks to serve the university community and North Carolina’s citizens.

She is also an adjunct teaching assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development in the College of Education, where she teaches online courses, mentors graduate students, and serves on dissertation committees. Petherbridge has been a member of the graduate faculty since 2008. 

Petherbridge was awarded the NC State 2011–2012 Workforce and Human Resource Education Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Service, has been previously recognized as a NC State Pride of the Wolfpack winner, and was a 2019 NC State IT Community recipient of an Extraordinary Project Team Impact Award. She is also regularly recognized as an outstanding instructor via the NC State’s “Thank a Teacher” program.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Elon University, her master’s degree in information science from North Carolina Central University, her Ed.D. in adult and community college education from NC State, and an Executive Women in Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.

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