Executive Director Emeritus and Senior Adviser for Knowledge Initiatives
Dr. Ron Legon served as Executive Director of Quality Matters from 2006 until early 2016. While President of MarylandOnline in 2005-2006, Dr. Legon led the evolution of QM from grant support to self-support. Subsequently, he led the growth of QM from its MarylandOnline base to the more than one thousand member institutions it has today.
In his 10 years as Executive Director of Quality Matters, Dr. Legon broadened QM’s focus on quality online course design in higher education by leading the development of online design rubrics for secondary school, continuing and professional education, MOOCs, and publisher provided courses. Under his guidance, QM began to spread internationally, and QM’s scope in quality assurance grew to include program design, online teaching, learner outcomes, and support for the online learner. In 2008, the U. S. Distance Learning Association recognized Dr. Legon for Outstanding Leadership in Distance Education. In the past several years, he represented QM as a Thought Partner in the CBE Landscape Project sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Dr. Legon also holds the title of Provost Emeritus from the University of Baltimore (UB), where he was Provost from 1992 to 2003. At UB he also served as Director of the Helen P. Denit Honors Program and Director of the MBNA e-Learning Center, where, in 1998, he led the development of the first AACSB accredited fully online MBA program.
In retirement, Dr. Legon has been named Executive Director Emeritus by the QM Board of Directors, and named the first recipient of the Quality Matters Ron Legon Leadership Award for Quality Assurance in Online Education. He continues his commitment to the growth and success of online learning as Senior Adviser to Quality Matters for Knowledge Initiatives. In this capacity, he serves as the lead QM investigator in the annual survey on The Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE) in collaboration with Eduventures.