Outstanding Educators Inducted into 2013 International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame PlaquesBy Ashley Brand.

Fourteen exemplary educators are being recognized with induction into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. The induction for the class of 2013 will be held November 19 at the National Council of Continuing Education and Training conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

“This year’s inductees are innovative leaders in adult and continuing education,” said James P. Pappas, vice president for outreach and dean of the College of Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma. “As lifelong learners themselves, they have strongly connected with the students, institutions, and organizations they have served. They have made monumental contributions to the field.”

The official home for the Hall of Fame is the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Continuing Education, in the Thurman J. White Forum building in Norman, Okla. Established in 1995, more than 280 educators have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to honor individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the field of adult and continuing education and to serve as a record and inspiration for the next generation of continuing education leaders.

For more information about the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, visit the Hall of Fame website.


Inductees for the 2013 induction ceremony are:

Meg Benke. Benke is an advocate of robust, broadly-accessible, quality education and support for adult learners. As acting president at SUNY Empire State College, she has increased the reach of the institution’s programs across New York, spearheading online enrollments to reach more than 10,000.

Roger Boshier. A researcher, teacher, writer, and author, Boshier has led in the development of the UBA Diploma in Adult Education in Hong Kong and Singapore. Among his many other accomplishments are helping the Chinese Communist Party embrace a democratic ideology of learning and, in Canada, assisting the Coast Guard with marine safety through adult education.

Bruce Chaloux. As a leader in “anytime, anyplace” adult continuing education, Chaloux facilitated agreements in many educational settings, serving the interests of adult learners in various locations. He also served as executive director and CEO of the Sloan Consortium, the international organization dedicated to expanding online learning for adult and continuing education.

Ronald Gross. Gross has strongly influenced the field of lifelong learning and adult education through his many publications. He is the author of the American Bicentennial Essay on Lifelong Learning, published in A Nation of Learners in 1975. His other works include The Lifelong Learner (1977), Peak Learning (1991, 2008) and The Independent Scholar’s Handbook (1982).

Dolores Hentschel. Hentschel’s far-reaching leadership includes working on numerous projects such as the creation of a women’s resource center, two centers for learning in retirement and a leadership camp for girls.

Jong-Gon Hwang. Considered the father of Korean adult education, Hwang founded the Korean Society of Adult Education, the first academic society of its kind in Korea, becoming its president in 1966. He established Korean adult education as a social system by leading legislative processes and related policy making in Korea and by serving as the president and a member of the Presidents’ Committee of Education Reform of Korea.

Ronald Jacobs. Jacobs is a scholar, teacher and leader in structured on-the-job training (S-OJT). Since his introduction of the term in a 1987research article, S-OJT has become one of the most frequently used training approaches among human resource development professionals.

Rosalind Loring. Among Lorings’ most notable achievements were developing the country’s first programs for women at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1965 and creating programs to raise education levels for veterans.

Michael Grahame Moore. Moore’s commitment to using adult education as a vehicle for social, economic and community development in emerging economies led him to develop methods for educating adults by linking radio broadcast and correspondence courses. In 1986, he founded the American Center for the Study of Distance Education, which became the focal point for research and scholarship in the field.

Ioan-Aurel Pop. Pop has headed several significant Romanian and European institutions. He also served as editor of the ISI (Thomson Reuters) Transylvanian Review. In his capacity as rector of Babeş-Bolyai University, he helped that institution become ranked in the European Lifelong Learning program.

Amy Rose. Rose assisted with reviving and enhancing the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, where she has served in numerous roles. She was co-editor for both the 2012 Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education and the Adult Education Quarterly and also authored numerous articles and chapters focusing on adult education.

Lloyd Robert Maxwell Ross. Ross was an active member of the Workers’ Educational Association and contributed to the WEA Journal, eventually becoming its editor. In conjunction with the WEA, he organized trade union schools, the main source of professional continuing education for trade unionists in New South Wales.

Thomas Sticht. Sticht is best known for his research on literacy for the U.S. Army. His research on listening and reading skills of the lower aptitude recruits resulted in the development of the literacy assessment battery and the creation of the Army’s Functional Literacy program.

Otto Thomas. While serving as director of educational opportunities in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Thomas implemented educational programs for military members. He went on to establish a uniform tuition assistance program that provided the same level of financial assistance to service members regardless of their branch of service, creating fairness and fostering stability in military-friendly higher education programs.